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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 …

Texas Governor Extends Time for Ruling on Windstorm Rate Increase Filing

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has effectively extended until June 16, 2019, the deadline for approval or disapproval of a recent rate increase filed by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. The governor did so by suspending a section of the Insurance …

Texas Governor Renews Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the disaster declaration for 60 counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey last year. Abbott first issued a disaster declaration on Aug. 23, 2017, for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, …

Texas Governor Unveils School Safety Plan, Proposed Gun Law Changes

Note: This story originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a southeast Texas school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page, 40-strategy plan for preventing future school shootings, and left …

6 Months After Storm, Texas Launches Harvey Recovery Funds Tracker

Texas has launched a public online tool to track incoming and outgoing funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery, six months after the storm hit and two months after The Associated Press reported that it did not have one. Gov. Greg Abbott …