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Texas has given public schools permission to keep campuses closed longer

Texas has given public schools permission to keep campuses closed for more than 5 million students well into the fall as the state scrambles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and House Appropriations Committee…

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Texas projects $4.6 Billion shortfall due to pandemic

  Texas’ budget forecast plummeted to a projected $4.6 billion shortfall as the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices take a heavy toll on one of America’s largest economies, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday. The new assessment is a sharp reversal from October’s forecast that had Texas in line for an estimated $3 billion…

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Indictment in Federal two-state drug investigation

The Wilbarger County Grand Jury recently met and returned more than 40 indictments, including one stemming from a federal investigation into a two-state drug ring. Steven Anthony Mitchell was indicted for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Mitchell was arrested on Sept. 19, 2019 in Vernon. On that date five…

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House names defense authorization act after Thornberry

WASHINGTON – Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee unanimously voted to name H.R. 6395, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, the ‘William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act.’   Chairman Adam Smith offered this amendment in honor of Congressman Thornberry’s tenure as Chairman of the…

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Temporary Pause Of Additional Reopening Phases

  Governor Abbott said that the  State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard…

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Bars closed again by Gov. Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Friday  limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which…

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Gov. Abbott says use a mask

John Moritz Texas Pool Reporter Gov. Greg Abbott arrived at the news conference on Monday in Austin wearing a red, white and blue mask. He was joined by Dr. John Hellersted, his medical point person for the pandemic and head of the Texas Department of State Health Services, physician and former state Rep. John Zerwas,…

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Abbott expects return to school

Gov. Greg Abbott, on Tuesday, said he anticipates an announcement this week or next on the upcoming school year. “It is my expectation to see students return to schools in a classroom setting — able to interact with teachers as well as able to interact with other students.” He hopes students will also have the…

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Gov. Abbott updates on coronavirus and hospital beds

By Nicole Cobler Texas Pool Reporter (Austin American-Statesman) Gov. Greg Abbott entered a room outside of the State Operations Center at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday.  He was joined by Dr. John Zerwas, a physician from Richmond who is on a team working to expand hospital capacity and procure needed medical supplies. “We are here today to…

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