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A jogger runs past a mask clad Acrocanthosaurus at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Thursday, May 28, 2020. The museum has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is scheduled to reopen May 30th. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas to allow some fans at outdoor pro sports events

May. 28, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but the numbers will be strictly limited, under a new order Thursday from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

Protesters attend a Safely Open Texas Now rally Saturday, April 25, 2020, across the street from the El Paso County Court House in El Paso, Texas, during the coronavirus outbreak. The protesters demanded elected officials safely reopen the State of Texas, the County of El Paso and the city of El Paso for business. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Texas court: Virus fear alone not enough for mail balloting

May. 27, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials fighting to block widespread mail-in voting during the pandemic claimed victory after the state's highest court ruled Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus doesn't qualify someone to cast a ballot by mail. The decision was unanimous by the Texas Supreme...

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Former Texas Rep. Johnson, a military pilot who spent years at a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at age 89. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

May. 27, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson, a military pilot who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday at age 89. The conservative Republican, who lived in the northern Dallas suburb of Plano, died at a Plano hospital of natural causes unrelated to the...

Austin, 3, takes advantage of sunny weather running through a fountain in Richardson, Texas, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Governor says Texas Panhandle hot spot has 'turned a corner'

May. 27, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Texas Panhandle has “turned a corner" after an outbreak of coronavirus cases erupted around meatpacking plants, keeping the region from rebooting daily life as quickly as the rest of the state. Abbott made the statement the...

DOJ lawyer named new US attorney in Texas after resignation

May. 27, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has named a Department of Justice lawyer to succeed the top federal prosecutor for East Texas, who abruptly announced his resignation this week. Stephen Cox, a deputy associate attorney general in Washington, D.C., will take over as acting U.S. attorney for the...

Abbott reopens water parks, food courts, adult rec sports

May. 26, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took another step Tuesday in his phased reopening of statewide activities after the coronavirus lockdown. The Republican governor issued a proclamation that allows the reopening of water parks and shopping mall food courts and the resumption of adult recreational...

Ron Brewton salutes as taps is played during a scaled down Memorial Day ceremony at Houston National Cemetery, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Houston. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the usual ceremony limited the number of people attending. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Texas reports 8 more coronavirus deaths, 623 new cases

May. 25, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials reported 623 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and said there have been another eight deaths linked to the disease caused by the coronavirus. The state had 55,971 confirmed cases and there have been 1,527 fatalities related to the virus, according to the Texas Department of...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. May 20, 2020. Texas AG Paxton’s cynical ploy lost in the mail as Texas voters prevail Stop us if you’ve heard this one: what’s the difference between the novel coronavirus and the voter fraud rate in Texas? Give up? They’re both microscopic, but if a federal ruling...

People gather on the beach for the Memorial Day weekend in Port Aransas, Texas, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Beachgoers are being urged to practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

839 new virus cases reported in Texas as reopening continues

May. 24, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas continues to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, health officials said Sunday that there were 839 new cases of the virus reported in the state for a total of 55,348. The true numbers are likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can...