Good morning, friends and neighbors! It’s me, Jessica, your host of the Daily. Here with the local news and community updates – hot off the press.
Settle in while we cover:
- Exciting updates are afoot for the Waterloo Greenway project – check out the scoop below.
- With the help of the James Webb Space Telescope, UT researchers made an exciting, new discovery!
- Can you guess where downtown’s latest high-rise project is going up?
- Support Longhorn Women’s Basketball at their first-ever “Pride Night” event.
But first, today’s weather:
Heavy rain and a thunderstorm. High: 54 Low: 36.
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Here are the top stories in Austin today:
1) One of Austin’s top employers, Ascension, has confirmed it completed a round of layoffs. It is currently unclear how many employees were impacted, which of its five Texas offices were included and whether affected employees received severance packages, but KXAN has requested further information. Head over to KXAN to read Ascension Texas’ statement.
2) Hundreds of bikers gathered at the Capitol to rally against “motorcycle profiling” yesterday. The group traveled from across the state to lobby their lawmakers on the bias motorcyclists experience. Many bikers told CBS Austin that “a traffic stop for a minor infraction– and no other crime– can land them on the state’s gang database.” CBS Austin has more on this story here.
3) Plans for phase two of the Waterloo Greenway are officially in motion. On Jan. 18, the Waller Creek Local Government Corporation announced its construction partner for the second phase of the project: Jay-Reese Contractors. Community Impact reports: “The second phase, called The Confluence, will extend from Fourth Street to Lady Bird Lake. The trail system will meander through a “cultural epicenter” of Austin, as it will sit next to Palm Park, the Rainey Street Historic District, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, the Austin Convention Center, Brush Square Park, and the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.” The second phase will also include new trails along Waller Creek and 800 feet of boardwalk – incredible! Community Impact has more on the Waterloo Greenway project here.
4) Another day, another new, Downtown high-rise: construction has officially kicked off for the new “Paseo” Apartment Tower being built at 80 Rainey St. The “Paseo” is set to occupy a 0.66-acre lot and its 48-stories will include 557 apartments, retail and commercial space on the ground floor, and an array of amenities for its tenants. The building is set to open in late 2025. The Austin American-Statesman has more on the construction of this project here.
Today in Austin:
- (Free) Maintain Balance with Ballet Austin at Austin Public Library, Old Quarry Branch. (11 a.m.)
- (Free) Black History Month Celebration with Elizabeth Kahura at Austin Public Library, North Village Branch. (4 p.m.)
- (Free) Grounded Fitness at Fareground. (6 p.m.)
- The Electric Church + The Cats Cult Presents: “Comedy Drip” at The Electric Church. (7:30 p.m.)
- Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night at Dave and Buster’s. (7:30 p.m.)
- Karaoke Night at Outer Heaven Disco Club. (9 p.m.)
- 🔭 UT researchers make a unique discovery: “For the first time, University of Texas researchers have discovered barred galaxies similar to the Milky Way that existed when the universe was only a quarter of its current age.” (Austin American-Statesman)
- 🍖 Local BBQ continues to reign supreme: “Austin ranks No. 2 on the list with the second-highest average Yelp rating for BBQ restaurants (4.2 stars out of 5), according to the report. The worst metro city in America for BBQ is Phoenix.” (CBS Austin via Facebook)
- 🏳️🌈 Pride night: “Join us Wednesday at 7 p.m. for Texas Women’s Basketball’s first ever Pride Night! 🤘” (Texas Women’s Basketball via Facebook)
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That’s it for today. See you all tomorrow for another update!
— Jessica Collins
About me: Jessica is happy to call Austin her home for the past 10+ years. She loves the outdoors, arts & cinema, dining, and all of the natural beauty that Central Texas has to offer.
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