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Due to changes in the way the state reports COVID-19 information, the number of deaths in Austin County has risen from one to four, but not all the deaths are recent. more
The university is mailing testing kits to its 18,000 students and requiring a negative test result before allowing them back on campus. more
Gohmert, 66, said in a televised interview that he wonders if he may have caught the virus from wearing his mask. Medical experts, however, overwhelmingly recommend masks as a means of preventing the virus. more
Texas' emergency response teams have worn personal protective equipment and distributed it to residents across South Texas in responding to Hurricane Hanna, another challenge for the state as it prepares for hurricane season during the pandemic. more
The company didn’t say exactly how many pending lawsuits it would drop in Texas and elsewhere, but it confirmed that “several thousand cases” would be impacted. more
After Paxton's guidance, the Texas Education Agency reversed course and announced that the state won't fund schools that remain closed under a local public health mandate. more
The families of more than 20% of the 3.6 million eligible school children across the state have yet to apply for federal aid under the Pandemic EBT program. more
Hispanic Texans are overrepresented in the state's updated fatality count, making up 47% of deaths, but only 40% of the state's population. more
Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that Texas students must take the state standardized test next spring, but fifth and eighth graders can graduate without passing it. more
The Texas A&M University System Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing has a federal contract to mass-manufacture doses of a candidate COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Novavax. more
Gov. Greg Abbott cautioned that there will be continued threats of flash flooding even as rainfall slows. more
The early voting period for the Nov. 3 election will start Oct. 13 instead of Oct. 19. more
More than 5,000 people in Texas have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to state health data released Sunday. more
Many local governments have implemented their own measures to protect tenants from eviction during the pandemic, and there are groups that help tenants navigate what can be a complicated and traumatic process. more
A section of the Texas coast already reeling from thousands of coronavirus cases will continue to feel the effects of the storm, which was the first hurricane of the season. more
The order could extend further, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. more
A plateauing of new virus cases would hardly represent a victory over the pandemic, but it would help keep hospitals from being overrun with sick patients. more
Sealy ISD leaders presented the board of trustees with the return-to-school plan at Wednesday’s regular meeting in the Sealy Junior High School cafeteria with an audience of around 30 socially distant parents and students. more
In a matter of four weeks, Jon Stork went from having a song from his first full-length album top the Texas Regional Radio Report, to performing at Rodeo Houston to stopping in the Sealy Walmart parking lot announcing the rest of the rodeo, where he was supposed to appear again, was canceled due to COVID-19. more
Thousands of parole-approved prisoners remain locked up during the public health crisis. The coronavirus has delayed pre-release programs and kept people set to go home inside infected prisons. more
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