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Coronavirus is a risk for his students, Premont ISD Superintendent Steve VanMatre says, but so is seeing their educations stop cold. He's trying to safely address both while getting kids back in front of teachers. more
Evictions and debt collections have resumed, child care subsidies will be discontinued and those who are out of work will again have to prove they are searching for a job in order to receive unemployment benefits. more
Live updates: Throughout the weekend, protesters marched in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth, clashing with police officers, over the death of George Floyd. more
Texas A&M University System officials voted Friday on systemwide guidance for the fall semester. While some face-to-face classes will resume, many will be conducted in a hybrid model, using a combination of online and in-person instruction. more
Abbott has already added more time to the early voting period for the July runoff election, citing the need to create a safe environment for in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic. more
What you need to know Thursday: Texas reports 59,776 cases and 1,601 deaths, Abbott allows spectators for pro sports, 2.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment since pandemic started and Animal testing equipment will be used to test human coronavirus samples, Texas A&M says. more
Starting Friday, most Texas counties will be able to host in-person spectators for outdoor sporting events in venues. But occupancy will be limited to 25%. more
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 allowed restaurants to increase occupancy to 50% and relaxed his earlier executive orders that limited certain other public activities over the last two months to reduce the spread of COVID-19. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced three new cases of COVID-19 in the county following Memorial Day weekend. more
The secretary of state suggested that voters "may want to consider" voting curbside if they have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or sore throat, when they arrive at a polling place. more
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Tuesday adding a few types of businesses to the list. more
The oilfield service sector accounted for more than 22,000 of the industry’s jobs lost in April, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. more
Long-stay hotels are often the last resort for struggling families, even more so during the coronavirus pandemic. Many children are receiving little education with schools closed, and school districts have simply lost track of thousands of students. more
The state is still working out a few issues, Abbott said Friday, but he predicted the season will return as scheduled, with at least some fans allowed to attend. more
The state is now distinguishing antibody tests from standard viral tests. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced COVID-19 case No. 21 in Austin County although only six remain active with 15 considered recovered according to the Tuesday update. more
Travelers coming to Texas from select major states and cities previously had to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. more
It's unclear whether Texas will expand who is eligible for a mail-in ballot during the pandemic, as other states have. But the people who normally qualify to vote by mail can still do so in July. more
Thursday's biggest developments: Texas reports 52,268 cases and 1,440 deaths, Dallas County judge expresses measured optimism as case numbers show improvement, 134,381 Texans filed for unemployment last week and Houston-area water park set to open, despite orders. more
Pandemic-related financial strain has hit independent medical practices especially hard, the survey showed. Many physicians have resorted to taking pay cuts or working fewer hours. more
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