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SWAT team called to scene in northeast Austin

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www.kxan.com – Abigail Jones – 2024-06-21 07:53:42

SUMMARY: The Austin Police Department's SWAT team is responding to a scene involving a “barricaded subject” in northeast Austin, specifically in the 1100 block of Ash Cove, near East Braker Lane and Dessau Road. The situation is currently active, with police asking the public to avoid the area. Limited details have been provided, and updates will be given as they become available. This information was initially reported by KXAN on Friday, June 21.

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Hays County Judge explains he livestreams his court to promote transparency

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www.kxan.com – Sam Stark – 2024-07-23 19:49:00

SUMMARY: Hays County District Court Judge Tanner Neidhardt has begun livestreaming court proceedings to enhance transparency. Neidhardt believes that by livestreaming, he is making court accessibility realistic for those unable to attend, such as busy parents or students. His decision has sparked criticism, notably from Hays County District Attorney Kelly Higgins, who pointed out issues with consent and statutory protections for child victims, leading to a motion to cease the livestream. Neidhardt contends he was not hiding the cameras and asserts the practice aligns with the Texas Constitution's mandate for open courts. He has since added visible notices about the livestreaming in the courtroom.

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Some Houston businesses of price gouging amid recovery efforts after Beryl, according to price gouging complaints ABC13 obtained

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abc13.com – Nick Natario – 2024-07-23 19:40:32

SUMMARY: Following Hurricane Beryl, numerous Houstonians reported price gouging, including inflated hotel rates, gas price hikes, and expensive food. ABC13 obtained complaints indicating doubled hotel rates, gas prices spiking by a dollar, and water cases nearly $20. Complainants like Phillip Knop and Cheryl Dickens voiced concern. Documents show 113 price gouging complaints to the Attorney General’s Office and 252 to Harris County Attorney. Price gouging during disasters is illegal, and businesses may face legal action. Post-Hurricane Harvey, over 60 gas stations paid $300,000 in settlements. Residents are advised to document and report any price gouging incidents for investigation.

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Austin woman entrepreneur wins national grant for Mexican chocolate business

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www.kxan.com – Sarah Al-Shaikh – 2024-07-23 18:27:34

SUMMARY: Ashley Ugarte, after four years in the chocolate industry, founded Hijita, a small-batch Mexican chocolate company in Austin, focusing on sustainable practices and direct sourcing from Mexican farmers. Ugarte combines her cultural passion with agroforestry through her business. She recently applied for and won a $12,500 grant from H&R Block's Fund Her Future competition, aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs and addressing funding disparities. With the grant, Ugarte plans to secure sufficient cacao supplies and scale her production. Her dream is to educate and inspire people about Mexican chocolate, both in the U.S. and Mexico. Ugarte's products will be available at Texas Farmers' Market locations.

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