Lake Travis - Westlake

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9:31 AM Mar 5, 2021 CST

Central Texas farmers are reeling after the winter freeze wiped out their crops. Here is how you can help

"Even though farmers prepared, I think people didn't anticipate how much damage would come," said Leigh'Ann Andrews of Billie and Jean's Farm in Kyle.


Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.


Samsung seeks 100% tax rebate from Austin for proposed $17B plant expansion, threatens to build elsewhere

Samsung's proposed investment would be the largest in Austin's history, and the tech giant is asking for an unprecedented incentive agreement from the city.



Census data: Lakeway household income measure up 21% since 2014

U.S. Census data shows income growth in city of Lakeway


Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.


Williamson County commissioners await Congressional decisions for remaining CARES Act funds

In the meantime, commissioners prioritized programs for if an extension is granted.



Austin City Council finds $15 million to lighten pandemic pain on music venues, child care, legacy businesses

Local officials said the scale of the pandemic's economic devastation will require state and federal resources.


From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory

When combined with temporary state restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local shop owners are speculating a perfect storm of low supply and high demand is the main reason for changes in an industry that has of late been turned on its head.


Six months into pandemic, Austin officials scrambling to save music venues, child care facilities and restaurants

City Council is set to begin making choices on which businesses to try to save on Oct. 1.


As public benefits scale back, Austin's unemployed workers try to make ends meet

Under a new executive order, unemployed Texans may receive up to $300 per week on top of their state unemployment benefits, down from $600 per week earlier in the summer.



Travis County's unemployment numbers will worsen without long-term federal help, experts say

Travis County posted consecutive months of single-digit jobless rates in June and July, the first time since the pandemic took hold in April.



Texas Workforce Commission applies for additional unemployment benefit funding

The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.


TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.



Lake Travis-area municipalities see an uptick in sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue appears to be holding steady for municipalities in the Lake Travis region, but cities in the Westlake area are still seeing double-digit declines amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Travis County announces preliminary tax rate, setting stage for 2020-21 budget talks

County commissioners will hold budget discussions throughout August and September.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.



Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


Time is running short to extend a $600 benefit that has buoyed Austin's 90,887 unemployed workers

Federal lawmakers are meeting to discuss an extension of the coronavirus relief package that could include additional unemployment benefits.