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Austin news feed: Hyde Park's new neighbors, Kimmel loves local biz and more

Austin news feed: Hyde Park's new neighbors, Kimmel loves local biz

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Hyde Park now has not one, but two neighborhood associations. Fresh Plus Grocery/Facebook
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Jimmy Kimmel and talk show sidekick, Guillermo, chow down on barbecue during SXSW 2014. Courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel / Facebook
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Gotham ain't got nothing on these new bat-shaped bike racks outside of the Austin Convention Center. Courtesy of Bat City Cycling
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Editor's note: Over the course of a week, we come across dozens of newsy tidbits and interesting links that we want to share with you. For this weekly roundup, we gather all the news we found batty, neighborly and clean.

1. Take that, Gotham. Outside of the Austin Convention Center you'll now find these bat-shaped bike racks, proving that we're truly Bat City.

2. Hyde Park has not one, but two neighborhood associations. Some residents of Hyde Park felt that the current neighborhood association wasn't inclusive enough, so they created a new one. Friends of Hyde Park is based online and open to anyone who lives in the Hyde Park area. (Also, are you curious as to how Hyde Park got its name?)

3. Jimmy Kimmel and Matthew McCounaghey want to make a commercial for your local business. According to a tweet from Kimmel, the duo's looking to make a commercial for an Austin business. Terry Black's BBQ promises to show off its "brisket belly," while Kebabalicious is offering its patio as a stage for Kimmel's SXSW appearance.

4. Sanitizing public schools during the Ebola scare in Texas cost a lot of money. The Austin American-Statesman reports that school districts spent thousands of dollars on emergency sanitization even when "medical professionals declared it unnecessary."

5. A look at Austin's hip-hop scene and the potential break out acts. From the '90s to today, our local hip-hop scene has grown significantly — and it may be poised to gain national attention.

6. ICYMI: Greg Abbott is our new governor. Abbott was officially sworn in as the new governor of the Lone Star State on Tuesday in true Texas fashion — with barbecue, of course.