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Texas Leaders Warn of Hospital Limits, Ask for Lockdowns Amid Virus Surge

Leaders in two of Texas’ biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state’s continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN’s “State …

Texas Bar Owners Sue Governor Over Recent Shutdown Order

Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit on June 29 challenging Abbott’s emergency order. The lawsuit, first reported by the …

Texas Bars Ordered to Close Again, Restaurants Reduced to 50% Occupancy as Virus Spreads

Gov. Greg Abbott has taken his most drastic action yet to respond to the post-reopening coronavirus surge in Texas, shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50%. He also shut down river-rafting trips, which have been blamed …

Texas’ Bexar County Orders Face Mask Use to Fight COVID-19; Fines Possible

Officials in the San Antonio area have ordered people to wear face masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible and warned that businesses could face fines of up to $1,000 for failing to comply with county health policies in …

Analysis: Casting Nervous Looks at COVID-19 Numbers as Texas Opens Up

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t predict that the number of COVID-19 cases would fall as the state allowed businesses and cultural centers to reopen. In fact, he said allowing more people back into public places could increase the spread of …

As Texas Grapples with Pandemic, Officials Prepare for Hurricane Season

More hurricanes and tropical storms than usual could make landfall in the United States this summer, forecasters predict. That is sending Texans and officials who are increasingly facing severe weather events scrambling to prepare for another natural disaster while they …

Texas Governor Warns of 10K per Minute Attempted Cyber Attacks from Iran

Gov. Greg Abbott is warning Texans to be “particularly vigilant” regarding potential cyber terrorism from Iran, suggesting that heightened tensions with the country have caused an increase in attempted attacks on state agencies. “This is something that everybody in the …

8 Texas Counties Added to Drought Declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has added eight counties to a disaster declaration because of ongoing drought in the state. Abbott’s office on Friday released a proclamation in which Abbott added Brooks, Nueces, Jim Wells and San Patricio counties in south …

Hamilton Reappointed to Lead Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has reappointed Melissa Hamilton as the public counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel (OPIC). Hamilton has served as the public counsel since December 2017; her new term set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021. …

Texas Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration After Severe Weather, Flooding

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked President Donald Trump for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Texas counties heavily impacted by recent severe weather and flooding that caused widespread damage across the state. Additional Texas counties may be added to the …