The Austin Daily Drop

The Austin Daily Drop

A quick and lively summary of the most important and interesting stuff happening in Austin right now, drawn from our city's most trusted and reliable sources and hosted by veteran Austin broadcaster Chris Mosser. Updated each weekday morning!

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July 1, 2022 7 min

Kaitlin Armstrong, suspected of the murder of pro cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson, has been caught after six weeks on the run in Costa Rica.


Travel advisory: holiday weekend backlog has begun to stack up at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, with long lines, delays and cancellations.


Members of the Texas State Board of Education are recommending that social studies curriculum for 2nd graders refer to slavery as "involuntary r...

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Four men are facing federal charges in connection to the mounting count of 53 migrants who died of heat exhaustion after being abandoned in a tractor trailer near San Antonio this week - including the driver of the truck, who tried to pass himself off as a migrant himself when confronted by police.


The first Texas city on record saying it will not enforce new abortion restrictions in Texas isn't Austin - it's Denton.


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COVID numbers are on the rise once again - including hospitalizations, as Travis County remains at Medium risk level. Meanwhile, monkeypox has achieved a limited degree of community spread in Austin.


A Harris County judge has issued a temporary restraining order that suspends a 1925 law banning abortions - thus, Texas clinics can resume performing the procedure under recently-imposed limits.


The death toll among an abandoned truc...

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In the wake of the overturning of Roe v Wade, several companies with presences in Austin have announced that they'll cover travel costs for employees seeking abortion care. Travis County DA Jose Garza has announced that his office will not prosecute abortion-related cases, and Austin City Council Member Chito Vela is spearheading a resolution discouraging Austin police from investigating allegations concerning abortion. The dec...

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In the wake of Friday's decision from the U.S. Supreme Court announcing the overturning of Roe v Wade, thousands of Austinites spent their weekend protesting and demonstrating for reproductive rights.


A push to force all ten Austin City Council Members to stand for re-election this year has been ended by the Texas Supreme Court.


The Austin Fire Department has deployed firefighters and equipment to join in battling the Dempsey...

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Travis County returns to Medium COVID risk status - at this point Blanco, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson Counties are also at Medium.


Longhorn Nation is abuzz with the news that Louisiana heritage QB Arch Manning has chosen to attend UT


Austin ISD's 2022-23 budget has been approved: the $1.8 billion budget cuts almost 600 jobs, gives pay raises for some remaining staffers, and raises taxes on district homeowners. An expected...

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Uvalde updates: The Robb Elementary School building, where last month's mass shooting occurred, is set to be demolished. School district police chief Pete Arredondo has been placed on leave from those duties by Uvalde CISD administrators. Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez has filed suit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, demanding that they hand over all records and information related to the shooting. And Texas ...

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The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety characterized the police response to the Uvalde school shooting as an "abject failure" yesterday during a hearing held by a Texas Senate committee.


The Texas power grid has held up well so far this blazing hot summer - but all that extra capacity is costing Texas (and eventually, Texans) hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges.


Elon Musk has plans to expand hi...

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Uvalde developments continue: The Texas Tribune has published a minute-by-minute account of the mass shooting event, based upon all currently-available information - including new information that shows police on the site with sufficient firepower and shielding to have engaged the shooter much earlier than they did. Parents of the Uvalde school district are calling for the firing of district school police chief Pete Arredondo, and ...

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New polling shows that, in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, the Texas gubernatorial race has tightened between Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.


Kaitlin Armstrong, on the run now for over a month in connection with the shooting death of pro cyclist Anna Moria Wilson, may be going by her sister Christine Armstrong's name in New York - she also may have fled to Canada.


Austin Police are searching ...

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Local developments on guns: Travis County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution asking Governor Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session aimed at preventing future mass shootings yesterday, while Texas Democratic House members hosted town halls on gun violence prevention in both Round Rock and San Marcos. And, the Austin City Council is set to vote on Thursday on raising the minimum age for the purchase of semiau...

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The new conservative think tank at the University of Texas, up until now referred to as the "Liberty Institute", has been formally named The Civitas Institute. Its first director will be UT alum Justin Dyer, who describes himself as a "conservative, straight out of central casting, pro-life evangelical".


Adding to the misery of our early heat wave this year is Saharan Dust - along with diminished air quality, howev...

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High temperature records were broken both Saturday and Sunday, and ERCOT reports that electricity demand in Texas hit an all-time new record high on Sunday afternoon at 74,889 megawatts, topping the prior record set in August of 2019.


A bipartisan and potentially filibuster-proof group of U.S. Senators including Texas' John Cornyn have announced an agreement on gun violence, including funding for "red flag" laws and ex...

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For the first time since new three-level, CDC-managed measurement metrics were adopted for Travis County, our COVID risk assessment has been raised from Low to Medium level.


Austin U.S. Representative Chip Roy presented what the Statesman calls a "dystopian" critique of attempts to apply restrictions to gun access during another hearing Thursday that featured survivors of the Uvalde shooting - one Democratic lawmaker point...

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A federal investigation into the police response to the Uvalde mass shooting has been launched, but it does not carry the threat of criminal charges. Federal officials also warn of more gun violence in coming months, connected to the impending Supreme Court ruling on abortion and the November mid-term elections.


As the Texas power grid continues (so far) to hold up under historic heat, an interesting stat emerges: almost half of t...

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Mega-hot early June Austin weather has yet another unfortunate byproduct: increased new COVID cases. Travis County officials have extended the current burn ban through at least July 13.


Matthew McConaughey followed up his Monday Austin American-Statesman op-ed with an emotional national address from the White House Briefing Room yesterday, calling for what he believes are reasonable, bipartisan compromises in the gun access debate...

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Monday's high of 103 tied the all time record set during the most recent major Austin heat wave of 2011 - we're likely to break the record of 100 for Tuesday, most recently hit that same year - and we're just warming up. Highs Friday through next Monday are expected to hit at least 105, and this pattern could persist for another couple of weeks. ERCOT expects statewide power demand to pass the all time record of 75,000 ...

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On the cusp of a potentially record-breaking early-June heat wave, local health officials are warning residents to prepare and manage their exposure to high temperatures. The Austin American-Statesman has published a long and harrowing analysis of the potential climate disaster waiting ahead.


As new Omicron subvariants are detected in Travis County and COVID positivity rates continue to climb, Austin Public Health is strongly enco...

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Latest Uvalde developments: New details show that police on the scene did not know that 911 calls were being made by kids inside the classroom with the shooter. A mother who ran into the school to rescue her children has told her story to CBS News, after being warned to quiet down by Uvalde police - who have been enlisting biker gangs to help patrol the funerals of the shooting victims. Texas Senator Roland Gutierrez, whose distric...

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Latest Uvalde developments: Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas House and Senate to convene special legislative committees to address school and gun safety in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, but stopping short of calling for a full special session of the Legislature. Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez, whose jurisdiction includes Uvalde, has accused Governor Abbott of attempting to "bamboozle" gr...

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