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Abbott’s decision to curb the role of local health authorities in school reopening decisions has added to the ongoing conflict between him and local governments during the pandemic, with mayors and judges voicing frustration over having their hands tied by the state’s response. more
On Wednesday, the NCAA released guidelines intended to protect collegiate athletes, while expressing “serious concerns about the continuing high levels of COVID-19 infection in many parts of the nation.” more
At the end of Tuesday’s zoom meeting of the Sealy City Council, Mayor Janice Whitehead announced her resignation from the position. more
The university plans to test all of its campus residence hall students by the beginning of September. It will continue to identify individuals or groups on campus strategically to test those at a higher risk of disease spread and perform random testing. more
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing changes to how education will be delivered safely, Sealy ISD’s new special education director Shae Whatley is thankful practically everybody is starting a new job when the 2020-2021 school year kicks off. more
Austin County Commissioners approved two measures at the July 27 session of court that will allow them to give elected officials up to a 3% raise and also increased the voter approval rate (formerly called the roll-back rate) on property tax increases from 3.5% to 8%. more
“The Texas Constitution requires a separation of powers, and that separation leaves policy-making decisions with the Texas Legislature,” argues a lawsuit from five of the Legislature’s most conservative members. more
With the consistently inconsistent and ever-evolving way the state of Texas reports COVID-19 case information, the number of reported deaths from the virus in Austin County has dropped from four to three. more
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Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith died Aug. 1 of an apparent heart attack according to an announcement from Waller County Judge Trey Duhon. more
The Austin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary of the Fuel Maxx store on Hwy. 159 East of Bellville. more
The Census Bureau on Monday lopped a month off the time people have to respond to the 2020 count. Texas is already lagging behind the country in response rates, with low-income and Hispanic Texans at high risk of being missed. more
Abbott said the state will provide schools with personal protective equipment to prepare for the new year. more
It’s hard to collect good numbers on an unknown virus, and Texas health officials have made errors. But experts say the state’s coronavirus data is useful as long as users understand its limitations. more
An undercurrent of fear and anger remains in the Texas city one year after a gunman confessed to targeting Hispanic people in one of the state's deadliest mass shootings. more
A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six figures to their insurance. more
The city's first program, launched in May, received overwhelming demand and ran out of funds in 90 minutes. more
State Rep. Tony Tinderholt told The Texas Tribune he is recovering from a serious case of COVID-19, which he thought last week might kill him. His wife and two of his children also tested positive. more
Sealy City Manager Lloyd Merrell recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (IMCA). more
While some universities nationwide and in Texas are still refusing to disclose coronavirus cases, UT-Austin set up a digital dashboard allowing community members to see updated student, faculty and staff cases. But the transparency has already proven to be a double-edged sword. more
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