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After five long weeks of honey-dos and home projects, Alan Hozak reopened Alan’s Barbershop at 204 Fowlkes Street May 8, albeit with some social distancing procedures in place. Barbershops and cosmetic salons were allowed to reopen that day as part of Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan to stagnate certain businesses returning to operation. more
Congress directed most insurance companies to cover test costs for insured patients in March, and has promised to reimburse providers for testing those who are uninsured. But experts say there are gaps in the protection that can leave patients surprised with bills. more
Wednesday's biggest developments: St. Edward's lays off employees and Paul Quinn president to speak at HBCU virtual graduation ceremony. more
Tuesday afternoon brought the sixteenth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Austin County, according to  Judge Tim Lapham, but with 10  cases already declared recovered,  reopening plans are unaffected. more
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it will begin having prisoners test themselves with a newly approved test. So far, less than 2% of state prisoners have been tested for the virus. More than 1,700 have been infected, and 30 have died. more
In a series of tweets and a public statement, Paxton said eligibility for absentee voting has not been expanded. But a state judge's order says otherwise. more
Craddick told The Texas Tribune in a live interview that a global price war and the coronavirus pandemic will continue hampering the state's economy and budget. more
After Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-home order expired April 30, the Texas Education Agency released guidelines May 5 that allowed rural counties with five or fewer active cases of COVID-19 to hold socially-distant outdoor graduation ceremonies between May 15 and 31. more
As of Monday morning, Austin County sat at 15 overall cases of COVID-19 and 10 of those had been declared recovered, leaving five active cases and no deaths according to County Judge Tim Lapham. Lapham said he appreciated the community pitching in to support testing efforts. more
Mental health counselors are seeing more demand for their help during the pandemic, and they're feeling the weight of it, too. more
Early voting for the July 14 runoffs will begin June 29, instead of July 6, under a proclamation issued Monday by Gov. Greg Abbott. more
Lawmakers widely agree that the Legislature will tap into the Economic Stabilization Fund next session. But under the weight of a crippled economy, many Texans want relief now. more
Thursday's biggest developments: Sen. Ted Cruz asks Trump to limit work-based immigration, Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy and Halliburton lays off 1,000 employees. more
The order followed Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he was eliminating jail time for Texans who violate stay at home orders. more
Despite locking up the third seed and a playoff spot in District 25-4A, the Sealy Lady Tiger soccer team and head coach Adrian Rocha will never know if they would have been able to avenge last year’s loss to Brazosport in the final 1:18 of the bi-district matchup. more
In the aftermath of the new coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, Brazos High School continued honoring its senior spring student-athletes on the diamond by honoring the 10 senior baseball players last Tuesday evening after the lone softball senior was honored April 14. more
The Texas Workforce Commission's executive director told lawmakers that it plans to reinstate work-search requirements once stores and restaurants are allowed open to 50% capacity. more
Health care workers are being recruited for trials to test whether a decades-old TB vaccine might help people fight off the coronavirus. It's not a cure, but it could be a crucial treatment. more
Limited services, face coverings and smaller occupancies are among the new rules businesses will follow if they open this Friday. more
More than 4,000 DACA recipients work in health care in Texas, including many in hospitals. A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling will decide whether they can continue that work — and stay in the country. more
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