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Democrats’ hopes of flipping Texas again fall short

Some thought it might happen as early as 2014 — and then 2016, and, of course, in 2018. When all those elections proved disappointing, Texas...

New Texas rule lets social workers turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have...

By Edgar Walters Texas social workers are criticizing a state regulatory board’s decision this week to remove protections for LGBTQ clients and clients with disabilities...

Counties temporarily blocked from offering multiple mail-in ballot drop-off locations

Texas Tribune | ProPublica Texas counties are currently blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 general election...

Voters, voting rights groups sue Abbott over order to close ballot drop-off locations

By Emma Platoff | Texas Tribune Voting rights advocates and civic groups have rushed to the courthouse in a bid to block Republican Gov. Greg...

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...

Ruling may force thousands of immigrants in state to leave

Tens of thousands of immigrants who are living in Texas legally under humanitarian protection could be forced to leave or face deportation after an...

State to change how it reports virus positivity rate

Texas health officials announced Monday they are changing the way the state reports a key metric used to evaluate the extent of coronavirus infection,...

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...

Texans struggle to find work in the Valley, where unemployment has nearly tripled

Sandra Santos has been doing everything she can to find a job since she was laid off in mid-March from working in the billing and collections department of an ambulance service in the Rio Grande Valley. The 47-year-old Edinburg native filed for unemployment shortly afterward and recently received her second check in the mail — weeks after she and her boyfriend were evicted from their apartment. Her boyfriend, Joey Quintanilla, is a self-employed landscaper who is also jobless. His regular salary — which fell short of their monthly $500 rent — amounted to “just enough to buy groceries,” according to Santos. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Texas coronavirus cases lead to cancellation of SXSW

Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a local emergency on Thursday that effectively cancels this year’s South by Southwest festival. The 10-day event was scheduled...