HARVEY RECOVERY: Estimated Harris County death toll rises to 32

10:50 p.m. update: As the Harris County medical examiner continues to conduct autopsies on people who died during Hurricane Harvey or its aftermath, the county’s estimated death toll has risen to 32. The medical examiner has confirmed that 25 people...

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Harvey floods new areas as death toll rises

Harvey stole away into Central Louisiana on Wednesday, leaving behind flooding over much of Southeast Texas’ Interstate 10 corridor and broken lives from Port Aransas to La Grange, Houston to Port Arthur. Its initial Category 4 winds and...

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Houston church greets flooded residents with tacos, mattresses

As Hurricane Harvey began making its way to Houston this past weekend, 42-year-old Sonia Alfar saw parts of Memorial Drive around her home in West Houston swell with water. By Monday night, the water had creeped up to her home. Then it seeped inside...

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Houston area residents heed the call to help their neighbors in need

When Hurricane Harvey brought severe flooding to Houston, overwhelmed local officials called on boat-owning residents to help out. Hugo Elizondo heeded the call. On Monday, the 31-year-old electrician set out from his Tomball home in northwestern...

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For high-tech city, Austin ranks fairly low in use of industrial robots

Earlier this month at Samsung’s semiconductor plant in North Austin, Vice President of Fab Engineering Michael Raiford was showing a group of state officials a large room where software chips are made when he referenced to the room’s past: The dozens...

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Hurricane Harvey: Stores try to keep up as Texans rush to buy supplies

Central Austin resident Natalie Wald usually visits the grocery store at the end of each work week. But Friday was a bit different. She grabbed extra supplies this time around: more bottled water, milk and a trove of batteries for flashlights. “I...

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Whole Foods sale to Amazon becomes official on Monday, prices to be lowered

Amazon.com’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market will officially close on Monday, the companies said Thursday, while also announcing that prices will immediately be lowered at Whole Foods stores and that Amazon’s Prime program...

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Whole Foods shareholders OK sale to Amazon

Shareholders for Austin-based Whole Foods Market have approved the sale of the company to the e-commerce Amazon.com, Whole Foods executives say. A number of the company’s shareholders gathered Wednesday morning at Whole Foods’ headquarters on Bowie...

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Amazon deal approved by Whole Foods shareholders, clears FTC review 

Whole Foods Market took major steps toward becoming a part of Amazon.com on Wednesday, as the organic grocery chain’s shareholders approved its sale to the e-commerce giant in a deal valued at $13.7 billion. Following the shareholders vote, the Federal...

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Hey, college students: Here are your must-download apps for navigating life in Austin area

In Austin, there’s always an app for that.  As thousands of college students descend upon Central Texas this week, we’ve put together a guide of must-download apps for students. This app guide is meant for college freshmen or transfer students who...

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