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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. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sergei Zubov, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jim Rutherford, Vaclav Nedomansky and Guy Carbonneau flip pucks in the air during a ceremony in Toronto. The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.
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The Latest: Asian Beach Games postponed

Aug. 10, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ he Olympic Council of Asia has postponed the sixth Asian Beach Games in China to April 2-10 next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The games were initially scheduled to be staged in Sanya, China, from Nov. 28-Dec. 6. The...

A test kit is displayed at a Texas Division of Emergency Management free COVID-19 testing site at Minute Maid Park Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Houston. The newly opened mega site, which has eight drive-thru lanes and four walk-up lanes, has the ability to process 2,000 tests per day. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Governor says virus tests may increase as schools reopen

Aug. 10, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that coronavirus testing in Texas could increase as schools reopen amid a sharp drop-off in the number of tests in recent weeks. Texas has averaged more than 34,000 tests a day over the past week, down from a daily average of more than 60,000 in...

Texas reports 4,879 new coronavirus cases, 116 more deaths

Aug. 9, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas has 4,879 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and another 116 deaths due the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, state health officials reported Sunday. The Texas Department of State Health Services said there are now 486,362 confirmed cases in the state and 8,459 fatalities. The true...

3 state employees killed in West Texas helicopter crash

Aug. 9, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve, the department announced Sunday. The group was surveying desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area on Saturday when the helicopter went down, according...

Panel picks Fallon to run in Ratcliffe’s former district

Aug. 8, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator was chosen Saturday as the GOP nominee for John Ratcliffe’s former seat in Congress that he vacated to become President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence. GOP activists in the rural and heavily Republican 4th Congressional...

Texas governor extends disaster declaration for coronavirus

Aug. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday extended a statewide disaster declaration he first issued in March to allow the state to better respond to the coronavirus pandemic. “Renewing this Disaster Declaration will provide communities with the resources they need to respond to...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds up mask as he talks about the importance of wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during a news conference in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Governor urges flu shots as Texas reports 300 new deaths

Aug. 6, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials warned Thursday that the approaching flu season threatens to further strain hospitals still dealing with thousands of coronavirus patients, and they urged the public to not wait on getting flu vaccinations this year. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott made the appeal as...

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...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wears a face mask during a visit to a Texas Division of Emergency Management Warehouse filled with Personal Protective Equipment, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State reports almost 9,200 new coronavirus cases, 245 deaths

Aug. 4, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported almost 9,200 confirmed new coronavius cases Tuesday as a convention center in the hard-hit Rio Grande Valley opened as a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients. The Department of State Health Services on Tuesday reported 245 confirmed new deaths from...