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A woman fans a friend during the ACL festival in Zilker Park in 2018.
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Weekend one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival starts Friday, and while it might not be the only game in town, "it's just mostly the only game in town," says KUTX's Matt Reilly.

Reilly talks with All Things Considered host Nathan Bernier about acts that might have flown under folks' radar.

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Car2go is pulling out of Austin.

The business, owned by the German luxury-car maker Daimler, allows people to rent cars by the minute. In a message posted on the car2go website Friday, the company said it "underestimated the investment and resources that are truly necessary to make our service successful in these complex transportation markets amid a quickly-changing mobility landscape."

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Voters in Texas will decide on 10 constitutional amendments this Election Day, Nov. 5. The propositions range from prohibiting an income tax from ever being collected in the state to allowing law enforcement animals to stay with their handlers when they retire.

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We're discontinuing the alerts you may have been getting through Facebook Messenger. You can keep getting the same alerts through the KUT News app — with a lot more features.

Parkside students Levi King, Savvy Horne-Lalande and Gabriel Guerrero hold signs demanding action on climate change.
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Austin students rallied at the state Capitol today to raise awareness of the climate crisis as part of an international youth climate strike. Organizers said they expect millions of people to take part in rallies around the world, ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in December.

Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy is among the 12 schools AISD has proposed closing.
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KUT hosted a live, one-hour conversation during Morning Edition about the Austin Independent School District's plan to consolidate schools. You can watch the conversation on Facebook or on this page below.

Tonight's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether and others didn't meet the qualifications.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event in Hosuton hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

Join KUT and Good Politics at Austin Motel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard and poolside as we share Lone Stars and hear local leaders unpack what is actually going on in Texas politics — from new laws passed at the state Capitol this year to the possibility of Texas being a swing state in 2020.

But what does all of that actually mean for us?

Join in for a wide-ranging conversation with KUT’s Ashley Lopez, along with elected officials and others to talk about:

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An Austin musician known for his intimate, homemade recordings died this morning at his home outside Houston, according to a statement from his family. Daniel Johnston was 58.

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From Texas Standard:

Over the past two years, four mass shootings in Texas have resulted in 65 deaths. Now, some lawmakers are proposing changes to existing gun-related laws, and even new ones, to try to curb the violence.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

The third round of the Democratic presidential primary debates are down to only one night and just 10 candidates. But there’s still plenty to learn about each one’s platform and policy arguments.

Julia Reihs / KUT

A state appeals court ruled Austin's ballot language for a referendum on redeveloping the convention center is misleading.

Rooftop air conditioning units
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Update at 5:11 p.m.: ERCOT says operations have returned to normal, but it is still encouraging conservation. 

Our original post follows: 

For the second time in a week, Texas' electric grid-operator has asked folks to conserve energy as it faces record demand during the current heatwave.

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Drivers on the MoPac express lanes may get where they’re going a little faster with new speed limits. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board voted yesterday to raise the top speed from 65 to 70 mph on its express lanes. The board also raised minimum speed limits on the variable toll lanes to 55 mph.

An illlustration of two people facing each other with microphones
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The second round of Democratic presidential primary debates are coming up. But instead of watching the next one home alone, why not make it a party?

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The percentage of public high schools helping their students register to vote is up slightly, according to a new report by the Texas Civil Rights Project. 

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From Texas Standard:

This may be a difficult summer for Texas marine life. Experts predict a near-record dead zone, which is caused by heavy rainfall and agricultural activity along the Mississippi River that trickles down to Texas’ upper Gulf Coast.

Riders on the Miss Juneteenth float wave
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Spectators lined the streets in East Austin on Saturday for the annual Juneteenth parade, which celebrates the end of slavery in Texas.

Properties along Lake Austin are exempt from city taxes.
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Housing affordability is one of Austin's biggest challenges during this period of economic growth. Even after someone buys a home or rents property, as the value of that property goes up, so does the annual tax bill. But some of the most desirable homes in Austin – a few hundred right on Lake Austin – are not subject to any city property taxes.

That might be about to change.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Travis, Bastrop, Hays, Williamson and Lee counties until 10 p.m.

H-E-B

H-E-B says it will close its South Austin store on Oltorf Street and Congress Avenue next year, and build a brand new one on the same site. The store will close sometime later next year, the grocer says.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will make a statement today on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A livestream of Mueller's announcement, courtesy of PBS Newshour, will begin at 10 a.m. CST.

City of Austin

Several streets in downtown Austin are closed today for the annual Capital of Texas Triathlon. The Memorial Day event has shut down traffic on North Congress from the Capitol to Lady Bird Lake, and along Cesar Chavez between Congress and MoPac.

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Do you love your local library? Well, the Austin Library Foundation and KUT are looking for personal stories of how local libraries impact Austinites and their families – and we'd like to hear your story.

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President Trump is unveiling an immigration plan that would vastly change who's allowed into the United States. The administration's proposal focuses on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration.

Watch his remarks from the White House Rose Garden live.

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The strong storms moving through Central Texas have knocked our FM transmitter off the air. Our engineers are working to get us broadcasting again as soon as possible.

National Weather Service

Heavy rain is moving through the Austin area — some areas could see up to 3 inches or more this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Travis and southwestern Williamson County through 10:45 p.m. The rainfall is likely to cause flooding in low-lying areas.

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