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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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State recommends election protocols

AUSTIN – In consultation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Secretary of State’s Office, on Tuesday, released guidance on recommended health protocols for Texas election officials and voters in response to COVID-19. This guidance reflects the minimum recommended health protocols to help ensure the health and safety of all voters, election office…

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Gov. Abbott says hair, nail salons can open Friday

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, held a press conference where announced that he is issuing an Executive Order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in…

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Governor Abbott Waives Regulations, Expands Telehealth Options

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily waived a series of regulations to lift certain telehealth restrictions and expand telehealth options as Texas responds to COVID-19. These waivers will allow a smart phone or any audio-visual, real-time, or two-way interactive communication system to qualify as a telecommunications technology that can be used to provide certain…

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Emergency SNAP benefits approved

Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday announced that Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide more than $168 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to help Texans during the COVID-19 response. HHS received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients…

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Governor Abbott temporarily allows Notary Public via videoconference

Governor Greg Abbott has suspended certain statutes concerning appearance before a notary public to execute a self-proved will, a durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, a directive to physician, or an oath of an executor, administrator, or guardian. These suspensions temporarily allow for appearance before a notary public via videoconference when executing such…

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Texas State Parks Temporarily Close to the Public

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations…

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Governor Abbott, TDHCA take initial action to secure financial housing assistance

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) have taken initial action to provide tenant-based rental assistance for Texans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The Governor has waived statutes relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investments Partnership program which would allow Texas greater…

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