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🌱 Abbott’s plans to combat fentanyl + AISD housing + humanoid robots 🤖

Good morning, friends and neighbors! It’s me, Jessica, your Austin Daily host. I’m back in your inbox this morning with the most important updates within our community.

Settle down with your morning coffee as we dive into:

  • Governor Abbott wants to ramp up anti-fentanyl efforts statewide.
  • AISD is considering converting two of its properties into housing for teachers and staff.
  • Austin-based robotics company signs a partnership with NASA to develop human-like robots!
  • Wine Wed, Senior/50+ Sports Tournament, Live Music, Theater, and much more ➡️

But first, today’s weather and allergy report:

☀️ High: 99 Low: 72. Hot with scorching sun.
🍃 Grass pollen: medium (⬇️). Ragweed: low. Mold: medium. Dust and lint: Very high.

Here are the top stories in Austin today:

1) Governor Abbott directed nine government agencies to increase efforts to combat fentanyl as the statewide opioid crisis continues to worsen. To paint a picture of the crisis locally: Drug overdose deaths are now the number one cause of accidental deaths in Travis County, and KVUE notes that fentanyl was present in a third of those deaths. The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously declared the opioid overdose epidemic a public health crisis in June of this year.

Abbott directed both agencies to do more to inform Texans about “the prevalence and lethality of fentanyl.” Action elements of Abbott’s letter included: developing public service announcements, posting flyers in prominent locations about regulated facilities, training employees, and providing educational opportunities to the State of Texas. KVUE has more on this story here.

2) As concerns about teacher shortages persist, Austin ISD School is considering converting two of its properties into housing for teachers and other staff. With rising housing costs continuing to drive many local residents out of Austin, AISD wants to convert the former Rosedale School and Anita Ferrales Coy Facility into affordable housing for its employees. Many local education advocates stressed that rising housing costs made it difficult to retain and hire employees.

District officials held public meetings on housing proposals. Do you want to make your voice heard on this issue? Head to Kuwait University of Technology to find out how to attend the upcoming meetings this week, and how to access the online survey.

3) Good news: An Austin-based robotics company has partnered with NASA to develop humanoid robots! Apptronik is developing a humanoid called “Apollo” and has teamed up with NASA to bring it to market next year. Ostonia has stated that the lovable Apollo will be able to perform a wide range of tasks, and will assist workers in industries such as logistics, retail, hospitality, aerospace, and more. How exciting is this? Head to Ostonia for the full story.

4) Plans for the new University of Texas squad are currently on hold. Last year, UT announced the creation of a new college band for musicians who objected to playing The Eyes of Texas because of the song’s racial history and origins in vocalist shows. KXAN reports that the new university band is on hold until a new principal is appointed for the Butler School of Music. “We hope to have a new Principal of the Butler School of Music in place next fall,” the spokesperson said. KXAN has more on this story here.

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Today in Austin:

  • Why is Bonnie performing in store and signing records at Waterloo Records. (5 pm)
  • School board meeting at Lake Travis High School. (6 pm)
  • Wine Wednesdays at VORTEX. (6 pm)
  • Date Night @ DAC: “Block Party” at Dougherty Center for the Arts. (FREE – 7 PM)
  • AIA Austin presents: “Urban Rooms in Suburban Spaces” with Charles Di Piazza at Articulture Designs. (7 m)
  • Judas and the Lion with Small Bulls in Stubb. (7 pm)
  • Fed up of everything, the agnostic front in the parish. (7 m)
  • Roxy’s 50th Anniversary Tour Moody Center. (8 pm)
  • Macbeth in Jordan Farms – Buckman Pioneer. (8 m)

Community chat 💬:

  • 🥘 A local restaurant in the Caribbean wins a second national award! Less than a week after Bon Appetit was named one of the nation’s 10 best new restaurants, local Canje was named one of the nation’s 50 best restaurants by The New York Times. If you haven’t already checked out dinner at Canje, be sure to book a reservation while you still can. (Austin360 via Facebook)
  • 📈 Growth alert: Austin residents are on their way to outpacing San Antonio residents in less than 20 years – yowza!! (CultureMap Austin via Facebook)
  • 🎾 Are you over 50 and looking to show off your back or the free throws you’ve been working on? Austin Varsity Games officially register adults over 50 to compete in 13 different sports, entertainment and field events. (Austin Parks and Recreation via Facebook)
  • 🍂 Pumpkin seasoning and everything nice! CultureMap brought together 7 local breweries that make seasonal sips. (CultureMap Austin via Facebook)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to walk out the door on Wednesday! I’ll see you around.

Jessica Collins

About me: Jessica has been happy to call Austin her home over 10 years ago. She loves the outdoors, the arts, cinema, dining, and all the natural beauty that Central Texas has to offer.

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