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‘Overwhelmed’: Texas county halts non-essential activities

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso County officials ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities Thursday after the area's medical resources were overwhelmed...

Pilot Program: Rapid response COVID-19 tests roll out at HCISD

“This is one added tool to assist us in dealing with this COVID pandemic,” SAID ALICIA Noyola. HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district has just...

STHS eases hospital visitation guidelines

South Texas Health Systems made changes to their visiting hours for its acute care facilities, effective Thursday. The visitation changes are an easing of restrictions...

Texas gives El Paso area inmates N95 masks as cases rise

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Texas prison officials said Thursday they are giving N95 medical masks to people serving time in state facilities in...

Court halts order requiring masks at Texas polling places

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has suspended a judge's order requiring people in Texas to wear face masks inside polling stations. The...

Three more Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found three more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing the rural area’s total case...

COVID-19 haunts seasonal business in McAllen

McALLEN — JJ’s Party House felt eerie Wednesday, and not eerie in the way owner Lala Karam likes it to feel three days before...

Hidalgo Co. records 10 more COVID-19 deaths

Ten COVID-19 related deaths were recorded on Tuesday along with 181 cases in Hidalgo County. The death toll is now 1,934 with a total of...

City’s economic agency ends COVID-19 loan program

HARLINGEN — The city’s financial lifeline to small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdowns and related disruptions provided assistance to 52 entities and issued...

Plan would save up to $3.5 million in budgeted police, fire payroll

HARLINGEN — Most of the $3.7 million in federal funds earmarked to help the community recover from the economic downturn stemming from the COVID-19...

Six more Willacy residents test positive for COVID-19

RAYMONDVILLE — About a week after a COVID-19 outbreak shattered weeks boasting low cases numbers, state health officials are reporting six more Willacy County...

Virus precautions cancel veterans parade

Organizers have cancelled this year's parade to honor veterans in Southmost. The annual Southmost Veterans Day Parade was scheduled for Nov. 7. However, organizers decided...

1 more COVID-19 death reported in Cameron County

One more Cameron County resident has died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Monday afternoon. This raises the total number of COVID-19...

El Paso imposes curfew as virus cases overwhelm hospitals

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as...

5 more virus deaths recorded in Hidalgo County, 1 in Cameron

Hidalgo County reported five COVID-19 related deaths and 130 new cases of the virus on Monday. The county’s top elected official also acknowledged the current...

Temporary hospital to be set up in El Paso convention center

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A part of the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center will be turned into a makeshift hospital to help...

Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

By LISA MARIE PANE and MIKE STOBBE Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the...

RGV hospitalizations steady, but officials on guard as virus cases trend younger

Cases of COVID-19 in hospitals are trending upward again throughout the country and the state, but in the Rio Grande Valley data suggests hospitalizations...

Outbreak at City Hall: Mayor, judge among officials testing positive

RAYMONDVILLE — The area’s COVID-19 outbreak has hit City Hall, infecting some of the city’s top officials. On Wednesday afternoon, officials evacuated City Hall, which...

Work-search requirements for jobless return Nov. 1

HARLINGEN —Work-search requirements for Texas workers receiving jobless benefits will be reinstated Nov. 1. The job search requirement was suspended in March as thousands of...

Hallow-streaming: With restrictions instated specific to holiday, alternative activities planned

Streets won’t be filled with young superheroes and princesses scavenging for candy this year, but the community’s Halloween spirit and the traditions of Día...

Cameron County reports 3 COVID-19 deaths

Three more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Friday. This raises the total number of coronavirus-related deaths...

Willacy County bans trick-or-treating

RAYMONDVILLE — The coronavirus is wiping out Halloween trick-or-treating this year. Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra has issued an order banning door-to-door trick-or-treating while mandating...

Willacy bans spectators from school activities

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra on Friday banned spectators from school activities as a result of an uptick in local COVID-19 cases,...

Trump says virus spike ‘gone’ in Texas while El Paso surges

By ACACIA CORONADO Report for America/Associated Press President Donald Trump downplayed the toll of the coronavirus during Thursday's final debate with Joe Biden, and specifically...

3 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Cameron County

Three more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Thursday afternoon. This raises the total number of COVID-19...

Willacy County official warns of ‘uptick’ in state numbers

RAYMONDVILLE — After weeks of low COVID-19 case numbers here, state health officials found 16 Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. The...

284 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, 172 hospitalizations in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County reported eight more coronavirus-related deaths and 284 new cases of the virus as hospitalization rates for the county remain fairly static. So far the county has recorded 34,799 positive cases, 1,914 of which have resulted in a person’s death. County hospitals continued to treat 172 COVID-19 patients Thursday, 68 of them in intensive care units. Hospitalizations were at 176 the previous day. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Texas reports most active COVID-19 cases since summer peak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The second coronavirus wave in Texas continued with more active cases than at any time since the summertime peak, according...

Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s this year

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's said Santa Claus won't be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this...

City partners with UT Health to bring lab to Brownsville

The Brownsville City Commission and mayor on Tuesday approved an item that awards a contract to the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH)...

COVID-19 shuts down part of sheriff’s office

RAYMONDVILLE — A coronavirus outbreak has led officials to close part of the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department and the county tax office. At the Raymondville...

Hidalgo County virus hospitalizations up slightly as 7 more die

Hidalgo County reported seven new coronavirus-related deaths and 172 new cases Wednesday as the local death toll continues to slowly creep toward 2,000. Thus far, 1,906 people in the county have died of COVID-19 and 34,515 have tested positive for the virus. The county reported a slight change in hospitalization rates Wednesday, with the number of individuals with COVID-19 increasing by one to 176 patients and the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units going up from 66 to 74. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

H-E-B partners get $500 bonuses

H-E-B partners have a little more money in their pockets, as the grocery store chain handed out $500 bonuses to its employees today, officials...

Ballot board member infected with COVID-19, prompting tests

A member on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Committee who tested positive for COVID-19 prompted the testing of the entire committee, according to county spokesman Carlos Sanchez. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez issued the following statement Wednesday morning regarding the 2020 election. “The county recently learned that a member of the Hidalgo County balloting committee has tested positive for COVID-19,” Cortez said in the statement. “The balloting committee is a group made up of Democratic and Republican appointees who observe the electoral process for compliance with state election law. While they do have certain functions ahead of Election Day, the bulk of their work occurs beginning on Election Day and beyond.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Travel restriction extended, Cuellar encouraged by DHS support

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with border community officials to identify criteria in an effort to ease restrictions on current travel...

Gladys Porter Zoo launches social media campaign with the help of YouTubers

With zoos all over the world struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gladys Porter Zoo launched a social media...

San Benito offers COVID-19 aid to hard-hit residents

SAN BENITO — The city is setting aside federal money to help residents strained during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief...

Hidalgo, Cameron counties report six more COVID-19 deaths

Hidalgo County announced four additional COVID-19 related deaths and 164 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday morning. The county’s COVID-19 related death toll climbed to 1,899...

Health officials say Texans won’t have COVID-19 vaccine until July at the earliest

By Aria Jones, Texas Tribune If a COVID-19 vaccine is ready next month, Texas health officials predict it won’t be widely available to Texans until...

Texas is on the cusp of another COVID-19 surge; Is state better prepared?

By Shawn Mulcahy, Texas Tribune Cases of COVID-19 in parts of Texas surged to near catastrophic levels this summer as some hospitals were forced to...

Hidalgo County reports 164 new COVID-19 cases; four more deaths

Hidalgo County announced four additional COVID-19 related deaths and 164 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning. The county’s COVID-19 related death toll climbed to 1,899,...

McAllen unveils precautions for city’s first social event since COVID-19

McALLEN — Mayor Jim Darling danced his way to the podium on a stage at the McAllen Convention Center Monday morning, kicking up his...

Two COVID-19 deaths reported in Cameron Co.; Starr Co. postpones bar reopenings

Two COVID-19 deaths were confirmed in Cameron County on Monday, along with 109 new cases. The individuals who died include a man from Brownsville in...

Facing challenges, many winter visitors remain RGV-bound

Lise Ferland-St-Pierre planned on being in the Rio Grande Valley by November. She and her husband have traveled from their Eastern Townships home in Quebec...

El Paso sees largest number in hospitals due to COVID-19

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The El Paso area has reported its highest number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus since the pandemic began,...

From farmwork to family life, Eustolia Villarreal a paragon of virtue

BY FRANCISCO GUAJARDO When Eustolia Villarreal died on July 14, 2020, her son Joe, who bore close witness to his mother’s life, reflected on the...

Innovator speaks on distance learning; Says education gap may be widening

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the university professor, author and lecturer credited with inventing the term e-learning says distance learning’s worldwide embrace is...

COVID-19 case activity varies at RGV schools; additional data still sought

Select students in Hidalgo County began returning to campus last month, a decision during the pandemic some fear is a gamble based on an...

Pandemic forcing people to stay home for the holidays

“ Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays …” Ever since Perry Como recorded those heartwarming lyrics in 1954, they have celebrated a time...

Masks still serve as effective tool against virus

HARLINGEN — With Halloween around the corner, many kids are thinking about masks. But masks have taken on a whole new role this year. Instead...

HCISD picked for virus testing program

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district feels privileged to be part of a pilot program using COVID tests which offer up quick results. “Harlingen CISD...

Starr County to keep bars closed, suspends Halloween activities

Bars in Starr County are ordered to remain closed and Halloween activities are suspended as part of ongoing precautions to prevent the spread of...

Reopening Granted: Judge allows bars in Cameron County to open at 50 percent

During a press conference Friday morning, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. issued the sixth amended emergency management order which allows all bars and...

SPI extends beach operations emergency order

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — In an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, those headed to this coastal city’s beach are going...

Texas sends virus team to Amarillo, Lubbock as cases spike

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he is deploying medical personnel and supplies to the Texas Panhandle and surrounding region as...

State removes 27 cases from Willacy’s virus count

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have scratched 27 cases of the coronavirus from Willacy County’s total case count after finding a glitch in the...

Judge: Bars in Cameron County may open at 50 percent capacity

Bars in Cameron County can open at 50 percent capacity, county Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. announced at this morning COVID-19 update press conference. All patrons...

Masks still serve as effective tool against virus

HARLINGEN — With Halloween around the corner, many kids are thinking about masks. But masks have taken on a whole new role this year. Instead...

Leaders step up restrictions as El Paso sees another record-high for Covid-19 infections

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune EL PASO — City and county leaders here announced Thursday that they will increase restrictions for restaurants and some businesses...

Hidalgo, Cameron counties report 13 COVID-19 deaths

The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department reported eight COVID-19 related deaths and 246 new cases on Thursday, county Judge Richard F. Cortez...

Local health authorities intervene with bus carrying possible COVID-19 passengers

McALLEN — Hidalgo County and McAllen health authorities made sure that an out-of-state bus carrying potential COVID-19 passengers was safely deboarded after a passenger...

22 more die from virus in RGV

The Rio Grande Valley reported 22 additional deaths related to COVID-19 Wednesday evening, along with more than 200 new cases. Hidalgo County reported 174 new...

State shuts down virus center amid low numbers

HARLINGEN — After two months of operation, the state is shutting down its second-largest COVID-19 recovery center at Casa de Amistad after few patients...

Harlingen, McAllen facilities to remain equipped for now

HARLINGEN — After two months of operation, the state is shutting down its second-largest COVID-19 recovery center at Casa de Amistad after few patients...

Hope held for ‘partial lift’ of border travel restrictions for the holidays

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, during a roundtable Tuesday said he remains optimistic that U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials could “partially lift” travel...

Trevino considering reopening bars in Cameron County

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. is meeting with health officials and others to determine whether bars and other establishments will be opening in...

Virus wreaking havoc on SEC due to positive COVID-19 tests

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer The Southeastern Conference has had to postpone two games in the last three days because of positive COVID-19...

Official Texas COVID-19 case count tops 800,000 amid a surge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 broke through the 800,000-case level...

Books-N-Things reopens with COVID-19 precautions

HARLINGEN — Cathy Gomez, manager of Books-N-Things, explained to a customer as he walked inside the store that it was closed, but he could...

Two Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found two more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing this rural area’s total case...

Valley reports 20 COVID-19 deaths as Hidalgo Co. opts to not reopen bars

Despite the green light from the state, Hidalgo County will not be re-opening bars just yet. The county announced Tuesday that Hidalgo County Judge Richard...

Baylor 32 active COVID-19 cases in wake of postponed game

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor had 32 active COVID-19 cases in its athletic department in the wake of having to postpone a football game...

159 now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County reported 12 additional COVID-19 related deaths and 143 new cases of the coronavirus Monday. “I want to continue to ask for your support...

Veterans of Foreign Wars to host donation drive Saturday

The Brownsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.2035 invites the community to participate in their donation drive from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and...

Doctor: Trump tests negative on consecutive days

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s White House doctor says Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days using a newer rapid test from...

Valley AIDS Council opens area’s first LGBTQ youth center

History greeted National Coming Out Day in the Rio Grande Valley as the Valley AIDS Council announced on Sunday the grand opening of Casa...

2,262 new COVID-19 cases in Texas as state nears 800,000

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Sunday reported 2,262 new cases of the coronavirus as the state's total since the pandemic began nears 800,000. The...

Pharr kicks off produce season at bridge; 190K truck crossings in 2020

The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Thursday played host to what’s become an annual kickoff celebration to the start of the produce season. The event featured...

Weslaco to shut off delinquent water accounts Nov. 1

The city of Weslaco will begin to shut off service to residential and commercial customers who have not paid their water bills in several...

State now enrolling providers for COVID-19 vaccine

The state is now enrolling providers who want to help supply a COVID-19 vaccine in preparations for its potential availability. The Texas Department of State...

MOSTHistory’s ‘Bearing Witness’ to chronicle Valley lives lost to COVID-19

When the Rio Grande Valley’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in March, no one could predict the precise impact it would have on...

EDITORIAL: Open up: Time to increase access on international bridges

The Trump administration has been trying to convince state and local officials that the worst fears of the COVID-19 pandemic should be behind us...

BISD in-person start date extended; Full on-campus instruction begins Nov. 30

The Texas Education Agency has granted a second four-week waiver extending the start date for face-to-face instruction for all BISD students to Nov. 30,...

Multi-inflammatory syndrome appearing in local children with COVID-19

Scientists are continuing to learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on an individual's health and a recent effect that health officials have come...

Virus spread diminishing; Trick-or-treating still canceled this year

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Cameron County has fallen to around 37 a day and hospitals aren’t nearly as full of...

Hidalgo Co. bans trick-or-treating in amended emergency order

Hidalgo County Richard F. Cortez announced Friday the county was banning trick-or-treating this year in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cortez stated in...

Residents impacted by COVID have until Dec. 30 to claim rental, mortgage help

Tears flowed from Noemi Garcia’s face Tuesday night as she sat in her trailer home wondering where she and her four children would end...

Virus numbers to jump; Old cases are from state ‘data dump’

Esmeraldo Guardo, administrator of Cameron County Public Health, warned at a press conference today that the county's latest update on COVID-19 cases due out...

Cameron County axes Halloween activities; contemplating some drive-thru events

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. today announced that Cameron County was not going to authorize any Halloween activities. This means no haunted houses or...

Cameron County reports 5 virus deaths

Five more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the health department reported Thursday. The individuals included one person in his 50s, one...

Valley reports 24 COVID-19 deaths 

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services officials reported 19 additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 130 new positive cases of the virus, county Judge...

Columbus Day hours at Gladys Porter Zoo

The Gladys Porter Zoo will be open and welcoming guests on Friday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 12 for the Columbus Day holiday. The zoo will be...

Families urged to continue COVID precautions as children return to school

With children throughout the Rio Grande Valley returning to in-person classroom instruction, local healthcare providers are urging the community to continue to utilize best...

8 more virus deaths in Cameron County

Cameron County health officials said eight more people have died from COVID-19 related causes in the past two days. On Tuesday, the health department reported...

EDITORIAL: Right sources: Infections at White House remind us to heed experts

Unfortunately, President Trump, who has downplayed the dangers of the novel coronavirus, doesn’t seem to have been chastened by his experience as a COVID-19...

‘Jurassic World’ shoot suspended after COVID-19 positives

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer Filming on the new "Jurassic World" movie at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. has been suspended for two weeks...

Drive-by Blessings: EDS celebrates Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

Even if it was a little different this year, the long tradition of blessing the animals among us to honor the Feast Day of...

Abbott says bars can reopen next week at 50% capacity if counties opt in

By Alex Samuels and Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday afternoon that county officials may begin working with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage...

Occupancy restrictions to be relaxed in RGV

The Rio Grande Valley is no longer considered a high-hospitalization area for COVID-19 in the state, according to a news release on Tuesday, and...

EDITORIAL: Home rule: State should let local officials say when COVID-19 risk falls

Gov. Greg Abbott knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Rio Grande Valley harder than many other parts of Texas. We hope, therefore,...

Abbott hints he may reopen Texas bars

By Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff and Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott teased in a tweet Monday that he would soon allow “more openings” of...

National/World News

Texas is spending $45 million on virus tests prisoners administer themselves

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune Texas is spending $45 million on 300,000 new coronavirus tests to largely be used in the infected state prison system,...

How a Dallas salon owner changed Texas’ reopening debate

By Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune By April 27, when Gov. Greg Abbott announced that hair salons and barbershops would have to remain shuttered, Shelley Luther’s...

Court: Eviction proceedings, debt collections can resume this month

By Emma Platoff and Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune Evictions and debt collection proceedings can resume in Texas next week, the Texas Supreme Court has...

Patrick pens op-ed saying sports should return with fans in the stadiums

The Texas Tribune AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks sports fans should be able to attend games as long as some guidelines are in...

Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New...

More virus testing in Texas prisons, Houston furloughs 3,000

By JUAN A. LOZANO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will begin widespread coronavirus testing in state prisons where at least...

Analysis: Reopening just a little bit isn’t really a big boon for the economy

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune Really opening Texas would require the governor and like-minded officials to actually put businesses in a situation where they could...

Houston officials use poop to track the spread of COVID-19

By JASPER SCHERER Houston Chronicle HOUSTON (AP) — City health officials and Rice University scientists have begun testing Houston wastewater samples for COVID-19, a process...

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — At least 1,000 more people in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19 as the number of cases continues to climb...

Lawsuit: Texas rules for mail-in voting won’t work during pandemic

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting...

Mental health hotline is helping Texans navigate the pandemic

By Elvia Limón, Texas Tribune Within the first month of its launch, the state’s new mental health support line received nearly 2,000 calls from Texans...

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials on Sunday reported more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 39 additional deaths due to COVID-19,...

Language barriers, no bank loans leave Latino small-business owners struggling

By Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune FORT WORTH — As Texas restaurants and retail stores began welcoming customers back through their doors last week, a...

Experts: Business has reopened in Texas, but economy won’t be back soon

By Mitchell Ferman and Anna Novak, Texas Tribune HOUSTON — The Texas economy has been protected unlike elsewhere in the country during some of the...

Trump praises Abbott as states roll back limits

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, JILL COLVIN and PAUL WEBER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised another Republican governor for rolling back state coronavirus...

Green flag: IndyCar to open its delayed season in Texas

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas next...

With DACA down to the wire, immigrant health care workers worry about deportation

By Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA _ When hospital CT technologist Louise Rogenski scans patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, she's close enough to...

Why are some planes crowded even with air travel down?

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Every once in a while, social media lights up with photos or video from flights that are nearly full,...

Justices wary of ‘Obamacare’ birth control coverage changes

By JESSICA GRESKO and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Wednesday about the sweep of Trump administration rules that...

Big 12 schools intend to open in fall, giving football hope

By CLIFF BRUNT and STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writers All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the...

Texas outlines guidelines to allow socially distant graduations to resume

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune A jam-packed auditorium or gymnasium. Hugs from fellow graduates. Rows of family members and friends whooping and standing to watch their...

70% of Texas prisoners tested have the coronavirus

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune Within the walls of Texas prisons overrun with the new coronavirus, information on its spread is still scarce, and the...

Texas hair salons to reopen Friday, gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott will allow hair salons in Texas to reopen Friday — and gyms will be allowed to open...

Texas tops 2 million unemployment claims during outbreak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has passed the 2 million mark in unemployment claims filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said...

NASA begs spectators for astronaut launch: Please stay home!

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX on Friday urged spectators to stay home for the first home...

As daily virus deaths spike, Texas reopens door for business

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas charged toward reopening Friday despite the grim milestone of the state's deadliest single day...

Texas A&M, Texas Tech to reopen campuses, resume football in the fall

By Carrington Tatum, Texas Tribune Students, and football, are expected to return to College Station and Lubbock this fall. Texas A&M intends to reopen its 11...

COVID-19 diagnoses, fatalities continue to climb in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of reported illnesses diagnosed as caused by the new coronavirus continued to climb Wednesday, as did the death...

Lawsuit: US citizens with immigrant spouses should get help

By ASTRID GALVAN The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has sued the federal government over its denial...

AP Exclusive: Texas AG helped donor fight virus lockout

By PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When a small county in the Colorado mountains banished everyone but locals...

COVID-19 risk against a paycheck

By Clare Proctor, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott’s Monday announcement that retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls will be allowed to reopen Friday means...

Census says restart to field operations will be in phases

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau's return to field operations for the 2020 national head count will take...

Texas to allow some into restaurants and retail on May 1

By JIM VERTUNO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott outlined Monday a slow reopening of one of...

COVID-19 deaths in Texas increase by 25, now stands at 648

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of deaths in Texas due to COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus, has risen by 25, the...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a $484 billion bill that aids employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Texas accuses US’ largest egg producer of price gouging

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' attorney general has accused the nation's largest egg producer of price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic. A lawsuit filed Thursday by...

Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday renewed his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas, which...

Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday renewed his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas, which...

Doctors: Execution drugs could help COVID-19 patients

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Secrecy surrounding executions could hinder efforts by a group of medical professionals who are asking the...

Oil price goes negative as demand collapses; stocks dip

NEW YORK — Oil prices plunged below zero on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to...

Reports suggest many have had coronavirus with no symptoms

A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out...

As mail voting pushed, some fear loss of in-person option

ATLANTA — Scrambling to address voting concerns during a pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back opportunities for...

Lockdowns ease worldwide, but political heat rises in US

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Tattoo parlors and hair salons in Denmark. Beaches in Australia. Bookstores in Germany. Countries around the world that have seen...

Texas governor begins easing restrictions to reopen economy

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday began a slow reopening of Texas with orders that allow retail shops to sell items curbside,...

Texas governor begins easing restrictions to reopen economy

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday began a slow reopening of Texas with...

Abbott issues order closing classrooms for the rest of the school year

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is ordering school classrooms to be closed for the remaining of the 2019-2020 school year. It applies to...

`LIBERATE!’: Trump goads states to lift virus restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after laying out a roadmap for gradually reviving economic activity, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “LIBERATE” three...

Texas universities are getting millions in federal money to offset coronavirus losses

By Raga Justin, Texas Tribune Texas universities and colleges are steeling themselves against the financial impact from a list of losses related to the new...

Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

NEW YORK (AP) — Have you liked or commented on a Facebook post about the COVID-19 pandemic? Facebook is about to begin letting you know...

US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up

WASHINGTON — Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus piled up Wednesday...

Texas coronavirus deaths pass 300

DALLAS (AP) — The coronavirus death toll passed 300 in Texas Tuesday, as the state's juvenile prisons announced they will temporarily stop accepting young...

Texas governor says economy won’t reopen all at once

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas businesses won't all reopen at the same time, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday, even as President Donald Trump itches...

Court lifts part of order blocking Texas abortion ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday partially rescinded a lower-court order that had largely blocked the enforcement of an abortion...

Astros’ Alex Bregman launches $1M campaign to feed Houstonians

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has launched FEEDHOU, a $1M fundraising campaign to help feed Houston-area residents impacted by COVID-19. Proceeds from the...

Important Lists

Current Reopening Guidelines

As the state, counties and cities begin to attempt to reopen, we’ll post their provided guidelines here. If a document for your city is not...