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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
With the safe reopening of schools this fall in doubt, parents with the resources are setting up "learning pods" or seeking other options. But the do-it-yourself approach to education threatens to leave behind students of color and poorer families. more
The CARES Act's $600 weekly unemployment benefit expires in Texas on Saturday, leaving out-of-work Texans in a period of uncertainty as Congress debates what to put in new federal relief legislation. more
The University Interscholastic League announced Tuesday morning that fall sports competition in Classes 5A and 6A will be delayed about a month but Classes 4A and below will remain on schedule. more
After the first COVID-related death in Austin County was reported on Friday, County Judge Tim Lapham provided updated information about cases of the virus in the county, noting the possibility of more deaths. more
The 93rd Austin County Fair and Rodeo is set for Oct. 2 to 11 in Bellville, starting with the barbecue contest and ending with Whiskey Meyers on the main stage. more
A university official said seating at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium will be reduced to 50% to facilitate social distancing, meaning around 50,000 Longhorns could potentially be seated in stands this fall. more
Funeral homes have set up temporary morgues. Crematoriums are running overtime. Families must wait more than a week to bury their loved ones. For body couriers and funeral workers, there’s no letup in sight. more
City leaders are asking for more spending flexibility to address the financial shortfalls caused by the pandemic. more
Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez issued a new shelter-at-home order Monday night, but it “has no enforcement mechanism” according to Abbott’s office. more
The number of COVID-19 deaths has reached 4,000 in Texas, and public health experts say that’s an undercount because not all people who died with coronavirus symptoms were tested. more
Faith Academy in Bellville will delay the start of fall and winter sports after the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools announced July 17 that it will be delaying the start of those sports seasons due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. more
The coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices are driving down projected general revenue in the state's current budget by more than $11 billion. more
Doctors and nurses at local hospitals across South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley have been working a number of extra shifts as their hospitals near capacity. more
Nueces County Medical Examiner Adel Shaker told The Texas Tribune last week that a baby boy, younger than 6 months old, tested positive for COVID-19 and died. more
Early hot spots have been eclipsed by new regions in crisis. Now that so much of Texas is battling major coronavirus outbreaks, some severely ill patients have to travel long distances to receive the care they need. more
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