Latest Texas state government News

Texas to get fewer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Apr. 09, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas expects to receive fewer vaccine doses for use next week because of production problems with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, state health officials said Friday. The Texas Department of State Health Services said more than 1.9 million COVID-19...

9 Texans sue state AG Paxton for blocking users on Twitter

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Texans have sued state Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming he blocked them on Twitter for criticizing him or his policies in comments responding to his tweets. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Austin, asks a judge to declare...

Police: Employee kills 1, wounds 5 at Texas cabinet business

Apr. 08, 2021 23:24 PM EDT

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A man opened fire Thursday at a Texas cabinet-making company where he worked, killing one person and wounding five others before shooting and wounding a state trooper prior to his arrest, authorities said. Larry Winston Bollin, 27, of Iola, Texas,...

New Texas COVID-19 cases, deaths below state average

Apr. 08, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State health officials reported below-average new COVID-19 case and death totals for Texas on Thursday. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 3,177 new cases, which was below the state’s seven-day rolling average of 3,314 as...

Texas investigating abuse allegations at migrant facility

Apr. 07, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas child welfare officials said Wednesday they received three reports alleging abuse and neglect at a San Antonio coliseum that is holding more than 1,600 immigrant teenagers who crossed the southern border. It is the first time state officials...

New Texas COVID-19 cases, deaths top state's averages

Apr. 07, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State health officials reported above-average new COVID-19 case and death totals Wednesday. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 4,098 new cases, which was well above the state’s seven-day rolling average of 3,120 as computed by...

Texas, Louisiana sue US government over deportation holds

Apr. 07, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas and Louisiana sued the federal government Tuesday alleging immigration authorities have declined to take custody of people who have been convicted of crimes and could be subject to deportation. In a complaint filed with a federal court in Houston,...

Democrat Collier running again for Texas lieutenant governor

Apr. 07, 2021 01:57 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Mike Collier is running again for Texas lieutenant governor as the biggest slot on the 2022 party ticket remains vacant — a challenger to take on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The announcement Tuesday by Collier, an accountant who ran as a...

Texas governor bans mandated COVID-19 'vaccine passports'

Apr. 06, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott used his executive power Tuesday to ban state government and some private entities from requiring COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to access services, in the latest move from a Republican governor pitting public health campaigns against personal...

Texans with at least one vaccine dose nearing 29%

Apr. 05, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Almost 29% of the population in Texas has received at least one dose of the vaccination for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported Monday that about 16% of the population in the state has completed...