🌱ATX Librarians Speak Against Book Bans + Camping Ban + APD SWAT

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Happy Tuesday, people of Austin! It's me again, your host Meagan Falcon.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas last week and spent it with good company. We are back for another edition of the Austin Daily to share the top stories in town today.

Here's everything you need to know.

First, today's weather:

Clouds breaking and warm. High: 79 Low: 65.

This week's forecast:

Temperatures will be in the upper 50s to mid 60s by sunrise Tuesday, with patchy fog, generally along and west of I-35. Expect sunshine by the late morning/early afternoon. Well-above normal temperatures will continue into 2022.

Here are the top stories today in Austin:

  1. Joseph Tedder hid in plain sight as a Family Dollar employee in the city while being wanted by authorities in connection with a drug-related homicide in north Austin, authorities said. (Pittsburg Patch)

  2. Texas infusion centers offering monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 omicron patients across the state have exhausted their supply and will not be able to offer it again until January. (KVUE.com)

  3. The Austin Police Department said all suspects are in custody following a barricaded subject SWAT call in northeast Austin on Monday afternoon. (KVUE.com)

  4. On Wednesday, the Austin Public Library spoke out against the storm of book banning and censorship that’s swept across the state of Texas this year. (KXAN.com)

  5. Tent encampments have returned to downtown Austin's Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, renewing questions about whether city officials have a workable plan to enforce the ban on camping along the city's crown jewel recreational area and redirect occupants into shelters. (Austin American-Statesman)

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From my notebook:

  • KUT Austin: "Have you had a flight canceled recently? More than 1,400 flights have been scrubbed worldwide as of Monday morning. via NPR" (Facebook)

  • Literacy First: "These Literacy First graduates are wild about reading! 🦁#literacyfirst #reading" (Facebook)

  • Downtown Austin: "An interesting concept. Do you think this could work on 6th Street during street closures?" (Facebook)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Hudson Bend: "Lost Dog? - There is a large white dog with brown spots running loose on Doss Rd. towards the curve by Sunset RV Park. He seems to be lost. I wasn’t able to get a picture before it ran off." (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Cherry Creek: "Found cat @inridge - I have this lil guy in my garage rn with some food water and a litter box." (Nextdoor)

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That's it for today. I'll see you around!

Your friendly neighborhood journalist,

Meagan Falcon
Meagan covers local news for Patch in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander and Pflugerville.

About Meagan: I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and spent three years covering breaking news and things to do in South Texas before I moved to the Austin Metro. When I am not reporting the news, I am enjoying a good book, tending to my garden and spending time with my pup. I am a green thumb novice so if y'all have gardening tips, I would love some.

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This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch

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