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The Austin music industry isn't whole. The business underlying "The Live Music Capital of the World" stands bifurcated between its lucrative festivals (SXSW principally, but Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun Fest and others, too) and, as studies have found, a dwindling local music scene. Austin didn't become the self-styled "Capital" solely by hosting a handful of gargantuan events, which were first born from and since have capitalized handsomely on Austin's brand to increase their now-global footprints, which have drawn outsized attention to the city.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, arrested more than 680 foreign nationals last Thursday and Friday in a series of enforcement actions. 

The agency says 51 of those arrests were made in Austin, and no arrests were made on those days in San Antonio or the rest of the region overseen by ICE's San Antonio field office. That office covers Austin and much of South Texas. 

Austin, Texas, is looking to cut back on energy use during the hottest times of year by requiring smart thermostats in new homes. Austin Energy, the city’s public utility company, is also offering rebates to customers who allow the company to access their thermostats and adjust them to save energy during peak use times.

Deborah Kimberly, vice president of customer energy solutions at Austin Energy, talks about the benefits of smart thermostats with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.

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Over the years I've been defined as many things: a woman, a mother, a grandmother. I've been an activist, a professional and a retiree. Now, I'm a public servant in Austin on the city council. My district has more African Americans than any other in the city. 

Over the years, as you may imagine, some of my roles have changed. But least one remains: I'm a mother – no matter how old my son and daughter may be.

I imagine most parents are like me. That's why my heart breaks when I try to step into the shoes of the parents, family and friends whose loved ones have been killed. 

 


Every year, the SXSW Music Festival features thousands of artists from around the world. And every year, The Austin 100 winnows them down to an even hundred discoveries and highlights across genres. Each song on the list is streamable through NPR Music's gorgeous Austin 100 app until March 31, 2017.

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