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Texas health department reports 3,433 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 19, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials on Saturday reported 3,433 new coronavirus cases and 135 more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. There are a reported 686,068 total cases and 14,848 deaths, up from 682,241 confirmed cases and 14,713 deaths reported Friday, according to the...

The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees

Sep. 19, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday, just six weeks before Election Day, is expected to unleash a pitched battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate — and the Republican-led Senate should confirm — her successor, or whether the seat should remain...

Texas reports 3,978 new coronavirus cases, 123 more deaths

Sep. 18, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 3,978 new cases were reported Friday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, as well as 123 new COVID-19 deaths, according to Texas health officials. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also continued to fall with 3,172 beds filled Friday, 74 fewer than the day before. The trend...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference where he provided an update to Texas' response to COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas eases virus rules as cases drop, but bars still closed

Sep. 17, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is ready to relax coronavius restrictions for the first time in months, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday, but bars remain closed indefinitely and a mask mandate is still in place following a massive summer spread that became one of the deadliest outbreaks in the...

Texas reports 3,400 new COVID-19 cases, 135 deaths

Sep. 16, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported more than 3,400 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as 135 new COVID-19 deaths. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continued to fall. Amid those improvising numbers, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott scheduled a...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Juan Lizcano. Texas' highest criminal court has commuted the death sentence of Lizcano after agreeing with findings he was ineligible to be executed because of intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020, changed Lizcano's death sentence to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Appeals court commutes death sentence of Texas inmate

Sep. 16, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of a Mexican man after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death sentence that Juan Lizcano had faced...

Texas reports 4,816 new COVID-19 cases, 132 more deaths

Sep. 15, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials on Tuesday reported 4,816 new cases of the coronavirus and 132 additional deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state is now 668,746, while the death toll stands at 14,343, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The true number...

Texas court allows Green Party candidates on the ballot

Sep. 15, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for three Green Party candidates to appear on the state's November ballot, including one running for U.S. Senate, after Democrats sued to remove them over failing to pay filing fees. The ruling is the latest in a series of court...

Texas reports 2,595 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths

Sep. 14, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials on Monday reported 2,595 new cases of the coronavirus and 21 additional deaths. The Texas Department of State Health Services said the total number of COVID-19 cases so far in the state is now at 663,445, while the death toll is now at 14,211. The true number of cases...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, Chick-fil-A signage is displayed in downtown, Athens, Ga. Chick-fil-A said Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented and agreed to let it do so after more than a year of legal wrangling. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Chick-fil-A: No longer seeking lease at San Antonio airport

Sep. 14, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Chick-fil-A said Monday that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented after more than a year of legal wrangling that began when some city leaders opposed the fast-food chain getting a spot, citing donations made by company...