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Teachers gather outside a Judson Independent School District board meeting as they prepare to protest for safe openings of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Live Oak, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas passes 500K cases; infection rate soars to new high

Aug. 11, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott suggested family and neighborhood gatherings are behind a sharp rise in the rate of positive tests, which has climbed to record levels just as schools are beginning to reopen across the state. ...

22 arrested in Austin during another weekend of protests

Aug. 10, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Twenty-two people were arrested over two nights of demonstrations in Austin to protest law enforcement handling of a protester's shooting death at a previous demonstration, police said Monday. Most of the arrests happened Sunday in front of the Austin police headquarters, where 18...

FILE- In this June 3, 2020 file photo, workmen walk by the shuttered La Tropicana Cafe in Tampa, Fla. The cafe, which first acted as a hub for immigrants when it opened in 1963 and has since been a stop for politicians campaigning in the area, has joined the long list of businesses lost to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, FILE)

Many landmark restaurants, bars won't reopen after virus

Aug. 10, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — La Tropicana Cafe has been a cornerstone of Tampa’s historic Latin-influenced Ybor City neighborhood since the 1960s, well known as a gathering spot where movers and shakers and even mobsters mixed with construction workers over Cuban coffee and sandwiches. Now its doors are...

Austin Cindric reacts in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Road America in Elkhart, Wisc., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)

Austin Cindric wins again at Road America

Aug. 8, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Austin Cindric won a race that drove him to tears, though not in the way you might expect. Cindric waited through a lightning delay Saturday at Road America and dealt with numerous caution flags on his way to his fourth victory in his last five Xfinity Series races. But the...

Oklahoma ready for auto industry after Tesla battle

Aug. 7, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has launched a new effort to lure the automotive industry, and state economic leaders say there’s room for growth in the recent race to land a Tesla plant. Oklahoma has secured 2,700 resumes of engineers and other highly trained individuals and has laid out a convincing...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. Looking back, Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski is now thrilled he decided to take a trip to Texas in March to visit Baker Mayfield. During a Zoom conference call on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, Stefanski revealed that he went to Austin and spent time with Mayfield. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Face time: Browns' Stefanski visited QB Mayfield in February

Aug. 7, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Looking back, Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski is thankful he took a trip to Texas in February and visited Baker Mayfield. It would be four months before he'd see his quarterback in person again. “I didn’t know about this global pandemic," Stefanski quipped. During a Zoom...

2 admit fencing more than $1 million in military gear

Aug. 6, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A soldier and an ex-federal employee have pleaded guilty to stealing and selling more than $1 million in military gear taken from a Texas National Guard camp. Prosecutors said in a statement that National Guard soldier Cristal Avila, 27, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty Thursday in...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, left,, and other officials visit a Texas Division of Emergency Management Warehouse filled with Personal Protective Equipment, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas GOP lawmakers sue governor over virus tracing contract

Aug. 5, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five Texas GOP lawmakers sued Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday over a $295 million contact tracing deal signed during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic that they claim skirted oversight and amounted to the governor exceeding his authority. The lawmakers are among...

40 people arrested in Austin during weekend protests

Aug. 3, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forty people were arrested over two nights of weekend protests in Austin, police said Monday. The majority of the 40 arrests were made downtown near the corner of 4th Street and Congress Avenue, the site of a makeshift memorial for Garrett Foster, a man who was fatally shot during a...

Alice Strunck visits the site of natural springs that feed the Devils River on her family's Hudspeth River Ranch in Val Verde County north of Comstock, Texas, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Her family has owned the ranch since 1905 and encompasses part of the Devils River and several springs that feed it. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Texas (AP) — Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful...