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Christmas shopping poised to show inequity in K-shaped recovery

By Olivia Rockeman and Catarina Saraiva, Bloomberg News This Christmas will be one of exorbitant spending and lavish gifts for many American families. It'll also be...

Federal judge blocks Texas’ elimination of straight-ticket voting

By Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune Less than three weeks before early voting begins in Texas, a U.S. district judge has blocked the state from eliminating...

Health officials urge Texans to get flu shots

By Aria Jones, Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the...

Hillary Clinton says Democrats should frame fight for Supreme Court seat around health care

By Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune Democrats should amp up the political messaging on health care access in the fight for the next Supreme Court pick,...

Jay Hartzell officially named University of Texas at Austin president

By Aria Jones, Texas Tribune Jay Hartzell officially became president of the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday. The University of Texas System’s Board of...

Cruz blocks Ginsburg resolution, objects to mention of her dying wish

By Tom Benning The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday failed to pass a resolution honoring the death of Supreme Court Justice...

Analysis: COVID-19’s almost incomprehensible toll in Texas

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune As of Thursday, COVID-19 had killed 14,590 Texans. That’s the official number. Experts tell us the actual number is higher. And...

Texas needs more poll workers this year because of the pandemic

By Catherine DeLaura, Texas Tribune Kathy Schneider worked as a Dallas County election clerk in 2018, but out of concern about the coronavirus, she’s choosing...

High-speed train between Dallas and Houston gets federal approval

By Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune The high-speed train that promises to transport passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes has been approved by...

Cruz, Cornyn indicate support for confirming new justice before election

By Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the Texas political class in shock Friday...

From abortion access to immigration, battle over Supreme Court seat will affect Texas 

By Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — The jolt of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death — and of the vacancy she left...

Texas bars, distilleries rip Abbott for leaving them out of “unacceptable” reopening plan

By Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Texas Tribune As Gov. Greg Abbott outlined his latest reopening plan this week, bar owner Greg Barrineau watched in disbelief. Abbott, who...

Out-of-work Texans struggling to navigate unemployment system

By Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff and Kelsey Carolan, Texas Tribune When Christine Brill’s unemployment benefits from the Texas Workforce Commission suddenly plummeted this summer, she tried calling...

Balancing higher health risks and spotty internet, reopening UTRGV is a challenge

By Karen Brooks Harper, Texas Tribune Isolated without Wi-Fi in the rural Hidalgo County home he shares with his dad, Ruben Homar Martinez is determined...

Republican U.S. House campaign arm cancels $2M in Houston-area advertising

By Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune WASHINGTON - The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled about $2 million worth of advertising it had reserved for campaigning...

Visitors to be allowed at Texas nursing homes with COVID-19 cases

By Shawn Mulcahy, Texas Tribune Texas long-term care facilities — even those with active COVID-19 cases — can allow visitors beginning Sept. 24, Gov. Greg...

Texas unemployment drops to 6.8%, lowest since coronavirus shutdowns

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune Six months after the coronavirus pandemic began choking the economy, Texas' unemployment rate in August was 6.8% — a sign...

Texas eases virus rules as cases drop, but bars still closed

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is ready to relax coronavius restrictions for the first time in months, Republican Gov....

Abbott excludes Valley from loosening of coronavirus restrictions

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that most of Texas will be able to loosen some coronavirus restrictions, including letting many...

Texas court tosses death sentence in police killing due to intellectual disability

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday again ordered an inmate removed from death row and sentenced him to...

Officials change how state reports positivity rate after testing backlogs skewed virus data

By Edgar Walters and Shannon Najmabadi Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of...

Biden campaign adds more staff in Texas

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Joe Biden's campaign is expanding its staff in Texas, bringing on 13 more people as the state continues to look...

Cruz on list of potential Supreme Court picks

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune President Donald Trump on Wednesday named U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump...

Unemployed Texans will no longer receive extra $300 in weekly payments

By Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune Texans receiving unemployment benefits who qualified for an extra $300 in weekly jobless payments issued by the Trump administration will...

Asylum-seekers in Matamoros migrant camp fear they’ll be forgotten

By Dianne Solis, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS - The small body of Rodrigo Castro was found on the bank of the Rio Grande, a...

National Democratic group to spend $6.2 to flip the Texas House

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune A national Democratic super PAC is pumping over $6 million in to the fight for the Texas House majority. The group,...

Judge temporarily halts efforts to end census count early

By Kelsey Carolan, Texas Tribune A federal judge on Saturday ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to halt its plans to wind down operations a month...

Student athletes get COVID-19 tests three times a week

By Sami Sparber, Texas Tribune Athletics officials at Texas universities spent months planning for a fall football season during a pandemic. As conferences deliberated how...

Texas students say pandemic-era tuition should be cut

By Raga Justin, Texas Tribune Paying for her tuition at the University of North Texas was already going to be a challenge this fall for...

Abbott declares state of disaster in 23 counties ahead of Marco, Laura

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune HOUSTON — With two storms gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday declared a state...