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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...

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...

A man arrives at Starr County Memorial Hospital, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Rio Grande City, Texas. On America's southern doorstep, the U.S. failure to contain the pandemic has been laid bare. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

'We are no less American': Deaths pile up on Texas border

Aug. 5, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Muñoz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation's most dire coronavirus hot spots. She went first to a hospital so desperate for help that nurses recently...

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...

Austin, Texas made Tito's Handmade Vodka visits Brownsville, Texas Sports Park Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, to distribute thousands of Tito's made hand cleanser sanitizer to thousands of Brownsville residents to help fight the spread of COVID-19. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

Houston to enforce masks with fines; Texas deaths top 7,000

Aug. 3, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor on Monday instructed police to begin issuing $250 fines for flouting statewide mask orders in hopes that August will stamp out a grim summer resurgence of COVID-19 that is now responsible for at least 7,000 confirmed deaths in Texas. The move by Mayor Sylvester Turner comes...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 3, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Aug 1, 2020 We love Texas high school sports, but the UIL should be prepared to delay them further Like many Americans, we had hoped that, with proper precautions, sports could resume as the pleasant distraction they have long been in our lives. Whether pro, college or high school, the games...

6 people face charges arising from protest at Texas Capitol

Jul. 31, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

Six people have been arrested on a variety of charges as the state’s crackdown on protesters at the Texas Capitol continued. The six were arrested over the past two weeks on charges arising from actions alleged to have occurred during demonstrations on May 30-31 against police brutality against Black and...

Teachers group raps state guidelines on opening schools

Jul. 31, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state’s top teachers group criticized state guidelines for starting the school year Friday, saying they would unfairly punish districts that choose to stick with online instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. The comments from the Texas State Teachers Association come...