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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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Campaigning begins in earnest for runoff election

Ronny Jackson, a candidate for U.S. House District 13, visited with Vernon residents during a meet-and-greet this week at a local restaurant. Jackson is in a runoff election with Josh Winegarner to replace Mac Thornberry. The runoff will be July 14. More from the candidates along with sample ballots will be in a special voting…

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Thornberry opposes reducing U.S. forces in Germany

  Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and 21 other HASC Republicans, on Tuesday, wrote to President Donald Trump urging him to reject reported proposals to reduce U.S. force posture in Germany by 9,500 personnel and further restrict the number of troops permitted in Germany at one time to…

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Protest march in Vernon ends peacefully

Around 200 people marched in near 100-degree heat Saturday afternoon from Lyday Park in north Vernon to the Wilbarger County Courthouse. The march was billed as a peaceful march to bring attention to racial injustice and their were no problems reported. The crowd sang, and chanted “Black Lives Matter,” “I can’t breathe,” “Mama,” and Say…

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Governor Abbott calls for unity and peaceful protests

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Dallas where he provided an update on Texas’ response to protest violence across the state. In his remarks, the Governor called for swift justice in the case of George Floyd’s death, and discussed the ways Texas is working with local law enforcement to maintain order and…

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Governor Abbott Announces Additional Services And Activities That Can Open Under Phase II

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations…

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