District 10 Council Member Alison Alter speaking at the gun violence town hall. (Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)
The June 10 episode of The Austin Breakdown discusses local officials' responses to recent events of gun violence in Texas, as well as rising mental health issues among children in Central Texas and more.
Austin and Travis County officials gathered for a summit and public town hall on gun violence, discussing behind closed doors potential strategies to address gun violence in the community, as well as sharing testimony from survivors and available resources.
Officials said the summit was planned before the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed at an elementary school last month, but that the shooting had cast a spotlight on the importance of the conversation around gun violence.
Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin editor Darcy Sprague reports on the town hall event.
Also on this episode...
Teachers and parents see more kids struggle with mental health while barriers to accessing mental health services continue. Plus, Austin Public Health raises the local COVID-19 community risk level as cases rise; Hutto reels in a new industrial investment; and San Marcos approves incentives for a new film studio.
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.