Abbott issues statewide order requiring face coverings

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public. The executive order pertains to counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.  Abbott also issued a proclamation that allows mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Attorney: Missing Texas solider was killed at Fort Hood

Army investigators believe a Texas soldier missing since April was killed by another soldier on the Texas base where they served, the attorney for the missing soldier’s family said Thursday. Lawyer Natalie Khawam said the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division told her that the other soldier bludgeoned 20-year-old soldier Vanessa Guillen with a hammer at Fort Hood and later dismembered her and buried the remains in the woods. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Family: Human remains found in Texas are missing soldier

The family of a soldier who has been missing since April believes partial remains that were found in Central Texas are her remains, the lawyer for her family said Wednesday, and the Army said it has identified two suspects in her disappearance. Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was last seen April 22 in a parking lot at Fort Hood, where she was based. The 20-year-old soldier’s car keys, barracks room key, ID card and wallet were found in the room where she was working the day she disappeared. Read the full story at themonitor.com

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

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

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,...

Gov. Abbott announces emergency approval for SNAP benefits

The Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide more than $168 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to aid recipients  during the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Greg Abbott announced today.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved to provide HHS the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.  "As the state continues to respond to COVID-19, we are working closely with our agency partners to ensure families have access to nutritious meals," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the U.S. Department of Agriculture for quickly granting this approval. These emergency benefits will give hundreds of thousands of Texans the additional support they need to provide for their families during this challenging time."  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Texas governor orders schools closed and bans dine-in eating

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools closed statewide Thursday until at least until April 3 and a ban on dine-in eating and...

Texas’ governor declares state of disaster from coronavirus

DALLAS — Texas' governor declared a state of disaster Friday as the coronavirus pandemic spread to all of the state's biggest cities. The declaration came...

Houston Livestock and Rodeo will be shut down

HOUSTON — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, will be canceled about halfway through its run as...

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...