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    4 people shaping the debate around bar, restaurant regulations in Texas
    Bars and restaurants are reeling amid the coronavirus pandemic, both because of the financial impact as well as service workers becoming infected. Amid the debate over how to help such businesses while protecting public health, some key figures have emerged.


    Abbott issues Texas-wide mask mandate with few exceptions
    Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a mask mandate after weeks of rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Texas. The July 2 order requires Texans to wear a face covering "over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household." The order applies to any county with 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases. Exemptions?


    Brandywine's Austin executive gives update on Broadmoor, 405 Colorado plans
    Brandywine is one of the busiest developers working in Austin with 3 million square feet of office space open and more than 7 million square feet in the development pipeline. To put that in perspective, 7 million square feet is tantamount to about 13 Frost Bank towers.


    Mapped: Covid hot spots in Texas and beyond
    The internet is awash in data from state and local governments about coronavirus cases, much of which lacks context or analysis. A new interactive map and data analysis released this week by Harvard University seeks to help the public and policymakers understand what threat or risk their communities face from the new coronavirus. In the Austin area, Travis and Hays counties stick out as red hot spots ? the worst on the meter ? and Williamson County to the north is colored orange. ?The public?


    Clayton Christopher, Steven Hicks hunt for deals with new shell company
    Clayton Christopher, co-founder of Sweet Leaf Tea and Deep Eddy Vodka, has teamed with famed Texas radio executive Steven Hicks and financier Benjamin Hanson to launch a special purpose acquisition company. They've raised hundreds of millions of dollars and are now hunting for mergers and acquisitions in the consumer, health care, and media and telecommunications sectors.


    New building to pop up on Seton hospital campus
    Johnson Healthcare Real Estate has broken ground on a 101,000-square-foot building in Austin. It will be next to an Ascension Seton hospital and the hospital network will occupy space within the new facility for cardiology, complex spine conditions and outpatient imaging services.


    SBA: What every PPP recipient should know
    Recent updates to the Small Business Administration?s Paycheck Protection Program have given small business owners a lot of changes to keep track of as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.


    LawnStarter hires CFO who helped take Snap public
    Before coming to Austin, he worked with multiple West Coast tech businesses, including as head of corporate finance at Snap when the social media company went public in 2017.


    Journal Profile: Construction expert Ross Anders
    Anders works in project management, representing clients seeking to build out office space, construct a building from the ground up or any other major renovation or construction project. But like all our weekly Journal Profiles, this story is more about who he is rather than what he does.


    AgencyKPI, Riders Share score fresh capital
    An insurance-tech company and a startup that helps people rent motorcycles have scored fresh capital.