Regional

Restaurants struggle to stay open

Vernon restaurants and the Vernon Plaza movie theater are facing an unprecedented challenge after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order closing them. Gov. Abbott, on Thursday, issued an executive order that will close restaurants and schools, among other things to combat the spread of the coronavirus. During a news conference at the state Capitol, Abbott…

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County schools grapple with changing conditions

Wilbarger County schools will be shut down this week, with plans to offer online distance learning, starting March 30 as well as meals to students. The details on how that will work are still being ironed out this week by school staff. The rapidly shifting conditions have created nightmares for local schools trying to develop…

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Railroad Commission’s Wayne Christian discusses oil market

  AUSTIN – As Saudi Arabia and Russia flood the international energy market with a glut of crude oil, prices have dropped to unsustainable levels that threaten the future of the Texas oil and gas industry, its associated benefits to the state economy, and American energy dominance. The United States recently became the largest producer…

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Gov. Abbott discusses his declaration closing restaurants

Jonathon Tillove Austin American Statesman Texas Pool Reporter Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Thursday to discuss is declaration closing restaurants, bars and schools. He was joined by Texas Health Service director, Dr. John Hellerstedt, who was seated to Abbott’s right. and Texas Department of Emergency Management, led by Chief Nim Kidd, seated…

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National Guard activated, Gov. Abbott addresses elections, hospitals, mandates

Texas Pool Reporter Governor Greg Abbott activated the Texas National Guard on Tuesday to be prepared to assist with response efforts for COVID-19. This preparative measure will ensure that the Texas National Guard can assist in various forms throughout the state when needed. Healthcare workers and first responders who are members of the Texas National…

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Governor Abbott waives STAAR testing

Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency…

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Governor Abbott waives certain rules relating to vehicle registration

  Governor Abbott also announced that Texas is waiving certain rules relating to vehicle registration, parking placards for persons with disabilities, and titling to aid the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19. These suspensions will allow Texans to avoid penalties for failure to timely title or register a vehicle, or renew a parking placard. The waivers…

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Governor Abbott Declares State Of Disaster For All Texas Counties

Governor Greg Abbott Friday held a press conference at the State Capitol to update the public on the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Texas and what the state is doing to protect public health. The Governor also announced several new actions Texas is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus, including declaring a…

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Runoff needed to replace Thornberry

The race to replace Congressman Mac Thornberry  in District 13 has been narrowed down to two competitors on the Republican side, out of an initial field of  15 candidates. Retired Admiral, and White House doctor Ronny Jackson looked to be the choice to face off with Josh Winegarner in the run-off in May. Winegarner had…

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