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The union leader said tens of thousands of pieces of mail were carted away ahead of U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro’s visit. The office's delays have been exacerbated by employees missing because of COVID-19 concerns. Democrats in Congress have been outraged about cost-cutting measures — including the decommissioning of sorting machines and slashing of overtime for workers — at the U.S. Postal Service. Credit: Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune more
Without numbers on how many children or staff are in Texas child care facilities — which the state does not report — it’s hard to gauge the magnitude of infections. more
The data will be posted on a state website and the reporting process will be finalized after input from school superintendents. more
The Texas State Employees Union presented a petition that condemns the upcoming return to campus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as harmful. Classes start Wednesday. more
Interim CEO Juanita Romans handed over the reins to newly named CEO Daniel Bonk on Aug. 17. Romans said she feels good about the progress made during her time at the helm of BMC and is turning … more
The Sealy Independent School District recently sent a notice to parents informing them of school lunch prices and the free and reduced-price lunch programs. Breakfast costs $1; lunch costs PK-5 … more
The Sealy City Council found itself in a COVID-19 quandary during its special meeting online on Aug. 12 as it weighed the need to hire additional personnel against keeping property taxes and utility … more
Seeing that Sealy is experiencing rapid growth, the city council is contemplating a zoning ordinance and wants to know how residents feel about it.The council has talked about zoning on and off for a … more
One horse is dead and two more were recently seized by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office in a case of severe neglect. Thomas Ryan of Austin County lost custody of the two surviving horses after … more
In Texas' major counties, almost 99% of mail-in ballots were counted during the July primary runoff election, a Tribune analysis shows. But election officials say postal service disarray and a record number of requests mean people should ask for their absentee ballots well before November's Election Day. more
Economic experts say a slow recovery in the industry means problems will persist for the restaurant sector — and businesses in the supply chain on which it relies. more
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns, the Austin County Fair Board of Directors and staff have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Austin County Fair. This is the first cancellation … more
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Austin County have spiked in the last week, going from 97 to 164 as of Monday. So far during the pandemic Austin County has reported 332 total cases and four … more
Rainwater harvestingRainwater harvesting and turf management online training will be held Aug. 20 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program for … more
In order to perform bridge work at the Chew Road intersection over Interstate 10, the contractor for the Texas Department of Transportation will close the eastbound mainlanes between Mlcak and Chew … more
Some faculty members call the pressure to return to face-to-face instruction a callous decision that prioritizes money and the college experience over the safety of the university community. more
The school allowed up to 675 students into its indoor Johnson Coliseum to watch comedian Tiffany Haddish on the first day of classes. more
The decision comes a month after the Barbers Hill School District board of trustees voted to keep the dress code policy, which advocates have deemed racist. more
Carolyn Lewis, a former USPS Board of Governors chair, said she has been disturbed by reports of cost-cutting measures and concerns that the mail service will not be able to handle an influx of mailed-in ballots. more
After the Trump administration announced an abrupt change to the census deadline, the largest county in Texas is among those suing to keep the count going until October. more
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