Tag: Austin

Abbott: Local health officials can shut schools only in limited circumstances

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an...

State adjusts surging total COVID-19 deaths slightly lower

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State health officials have lowered their surging total COVID-19 death count slightly, saying an automation error in a switch in...

Texas GOP lawmaker tests positive for virus, cancels Trump trip

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, forcing him to abruptly cancel his plan...

Texas AG says schools trump health officials on class start

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Local health officials in Texas do not have the authority to close schools to prevent spread...

Tesla picks Austin site for second US vehicle assembly plant

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has picked the Austin, Texas, area as the site for its largest auto assembly...

UT-Austin to let football fans fill half its stadium when games resume Sept. 5

By Raga Justin, Texas Tribune The University of Texas at Austin will kick off the football season Sept. 5, albeit with a stadium open at...

Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green will retire after 15 years on bench

By Reese Oxner, Texas Tribune After 15 years as a member of the Texas Supreme Court, Republican Justice Paul W. Green said he will retire...

Texas passes 4,000 deaths, but Houston sees rates steady

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 4,000 deaths in the coronavirus pandemic Monday but officials in Houston, one of...

TEA: Schools can stay closed without losing funding if local health officials order it

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Local public health officials will be able to keep Texas schools closed for in-person instruction this fall without risking state...

More than 10,000 virus patients remain in Texas hospitals

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas continued to report more than 10,000 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus Monday as the state tries containing the spread...

Americans are bewildered by patchwork of social-distancing rules

By Kristen V Brown Bloomberg News As states report record numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Americans are left confused about how to handle daily life. The...

Congressmen seek stay-at-home orders

U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, are calling for Gov. Greg Abbott to issue stay-at-home orders in regions of the state...

Number of Texans filing for unemployment benefits increases 7%

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune More than 96,000 Texans applied for jobless relief last week, a 7.4% bump over the week before. It is a reversal...

Texas bar owners file $10 million federal lawsuit against Abbott

By Reese Oxner, Texas Tribune Several Texas bar owners filed a $10 million federal lawsuit Tuesday afternoon against Gov. Greg Abbott, in an attempt to...

After 17 youths test positive for virus, juvenile lockups to begin mass testing

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune After 17 young people tested positive for the coronavirus inside Texas’ state-run juvenile lockups, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department said...

Texas’ lieutenant governor criticizes Fauci as cases surge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As confirmed coronavirus case levels in Texas continue surging to record highs, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says the nation's...

Austin City Limits music festival canceled as virus surges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of major music festivals to be canceled because of the coronavirus. Festival organizers said...

Officials in Texas’ big cities say their public testing sites are being strained

By Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune As the new coronavirus continues to spread in Texas, leaders of some of the state's biggest cities said Monday...

Texas will delay work-search requirement for unemployment benefits

By Meena Venkataramanan, Texas Tribune The Texas Workforce Commission decided Tuesday to postpone reinstating a work-search requirement for out-of-work Texans receiving unemployment benefits. The requirement that...

Two men charged with rioting at Texas Capitol amid protest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two men have been arrested and charged with rioting and committing other crimes at the Texas Capitol amid demonstrations against police...

If your child received free or reduced-price school lunches you may be eligible for...

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune Low-income Texas families now have through the month of July to apply for $285 in federal aid per child to...

Watney bored in isolation, nervous about how he got virus

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Monday marked the 10th day of self-isolation for Nick Watney, the minimum required for PGA Tour players who test...

Governors who quickly reopened backpedal as virus surges

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas began lifting coronavirus restrictions, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott didn't wear a mask. He...

Abbott bans elective surgeries to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients

By Sarah R. Champagne, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday morning that he will pause any further phases of reopening Texas and that he...

Governor: Texas hits 5,000 new virus cases for first time

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that Texas has surpassed 5,000 new coronavirus cases in...

Gov. Greg Abbott supports making to-go alcohol sales permanent

By Reese Oxner, Texas Tribune During shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans have been able to purchase alcoholic beverages to go from restaurants, including...

After SCOTUS ruling Texas lawmakers want to add more LGTBQ safeguards

By Emma Platoff and Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune LGBTQ Texans marked a major victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal civil rights...

Texas’ unemployment rate for May slightly fell to 13%

By Meena Venkataramanan, Texas Tribune Texas’ unemployment rate in May was 13% — a slight drop from the revised record-high 13.5% April jobless rate, according...

Coronavirus cases increasing daycares, but Texas repealed safety rules

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune As child care centers across Texas slowly reopen, reported COVID-19 cases among children and staff are rising even as the...

Texas coronavirus hospitalizations hit record highs for a full week

By Sarah R. Champagne, Texas Tribune Thursday marked the seventh consecutive day that Texas reported a record number of hospitalized coronavirus patients, with 2,947 people...