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The Liberator

New Heartbeat Bill Goes into Effect, Sept. 1

Sarah Garrett, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

In the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, abortion became a constitutional right. Now, after 48 years, Texas passed what CNN deems its most restrictive abortion law yet. On Sept. 1, 2021, the state of Texas passed...

COVID-19 Cashes Out: Organizations Across Texas Promoting Vaccine Incentives

Lana Giles, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

According to the New York Times, 60% of residents in Travis County are fully vaccinated. In December 2020, the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. were distributed, which marked the beginning...

Austin Begins to Aid Refugees: From Afghanistan to Austin, Refugees Begin Resettling

Fiona Kleeman, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

Due to recent violence in Afghanistan caused by the Taliban, many refugees are migrating to other countries like the U.S. in search of asylum and job opportunities, according to the New York Times. The...

Making Money Moves in New Budget

Sydney Jones, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

The Austin budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was recently adopted and approved. This budget contained changes to different departments, which meant including more money for the Austin Public Library...

Lights Out Austin: Travis County Joins Initiative to Help Save Migrating Birds

Kayla Le, Graphics Editor October 15, 2021

From August through November, migrating birds fly over Austin through the central flyway, a migration route that passes through North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas.  In...

Austin’s Affordability Problem: What Happens When Residents Can No Longer Pay Rent?

Delia Rune, Finance Director October 15, 2021

For the last year, Austin has protected residents from being evicted from their homes with an eviction moratorium. But on Oct.15, that moratorium ended, and an estimated 60,000 Austinites were evicted,...

Spotlight on Community Member Vincent Tovar

Eliana Legatt, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

In Vincent Tovar’s own words, he is an advocate for both public education and the Austin east side community. Tovar is currently working with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) on creating...

In-Person School: Funding, Safety, and Classrooms

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Each year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides funding for school districts based on the number of students enrolled in each district. Due to changing enrollment this year, TEA provided the Austin...

Gentrification in a Growing Austin

Malvika Pradhan, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

The city of Austin is rapidly growing, as cited in the Austin Business Journal. From 2010- 2019, it was the fastest growing metro area in the country. From 2018-19, about 3,840 people moved to Austin each...

Texas Senate Pushes for Anti-Trans Bill

Norah Hussaini, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

On April 16, 2021, Texas House Bill 1399 was advanced to the House, which is just one of over 115 similar bills being circulated throughout the nation. The bill, which targets trans youth, prohibits health...

To Mask Or Not To Mask, That Is The Question

To Mask Or Not To Mask, That Is The Question

Sanwi Sarode, Staffer April 14, 2021

Over 70,000 U.S. stores and businesses closed when the COVID-19 pandemic first began, according to Forbes. COVID-19 vaccines were recently developed, and according to the Texas Tribune, as of March 13,...

Nonprofit Spotlight

Susan Ballesteros, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Austin Bat Cave Austin Bat Cave is a nonprofit that focuses on hosting writing workshops for kids and teenagers. According to program director Heather Jones, the workshops cover fiction, poetry, screenwriting...

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