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Hotel City of Austin purchased in 2021 for domestic violence victims still sits vacant

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www.kxan.com – Grace Reader – 2024-05-24 11:55:45

SUMMARY: The Austin City Council approved purchasing a former hotel in December 2021 to establish a family violence shelter, yet it remains unused. The council will vote next week on a construction contract with STR Constructors, costing up to $8.5 million. Managed by The Stop Abuse For Everyone Alliance (SAFE), the shelter will provide case management, children's services, and other resources. The new facility, located near East 51st Street and Ed Bluestein Boulevard, will add 50 beds. Former Council Member Greg Casar initiated the resolution to offer safer housing for families, emphasizing it as a public safety investment.

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30 puppies available for free adoptions at Williamson County shelter

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-06-21 15:30:53

SUMMARY: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) in Georgetown, Texas, is hosting a special free adoption weekend from Friday to Sunday, aiming to find homes for 30 puppies. The shelter emphasizes the urgent need to place these puppies in loving homes for their well-being. Free adoptions are available for all dogs, and the shelter’s team will assist in matching adopters with suitable pets. WCRAS is located at 1855 SE Inner Loop and operates daily from noon to 6 p.m. Prospective adopters are encouraged to visit and meet the puppies to find a perfect furry companion.

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Houston traffic delays: I-45 North Freeway bridge repairs begin Friday night, prompting major closures until Monday morning

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-21 14:21:30

SUMMARY: HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Repairs on the I-45/North Freeway bridge will cause multiple lane closures between Spring Cypress Road and Cypresswood Drive from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., impacting weekend plans. The Texas Department of Transportation Houston District advises finding alternate routes due to expected delays. The Diamond Lane (HOV) will reopen on Sunday at 4 a.m., and at least one lane will remain open during the initial work. The entrance ramp from Louetta Road will also close during this period. More information is available on Houston TranStar. Closures may change due to adverse weather.

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Austin IKEA store opens at the Domain, with a twist

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www.kxan.com – Jackson Evans – 2024-06-21 13:42:33

SUMMARY: IKEA has opened a new store in Austin's The Domain, marking its second location in the area. Unlike traditional IKEA stores, it features a “Plan & Order” format where customers can sit with experts to design, plan, and order products, which are then delivered or picked up locally. This approach aims to reduce overstocking and shipping, thus enhancing sustainability. The store is part of IKEA's broader expansion into Texas and will not accept returns. The “Plan & Order” format is also being introduced in other U.S. cities including Los Angeles and Atlanta. The store operates daily with varying hours.

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