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Despite coronavirus risks, some Texas religious groups are worshipping in person — with the governor’s blessing

By Kiah Collier, Perla Trevizo and Vianna Davila, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica COVID-19 has spread rapidly in Texas, and many congregations closed their doors and moved religious services online. But there are some religious groups who say it’s their … Continue reading

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Texas tells locals they must delay their upcoming May elections

By Alex Ura, The Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott previously paved the way for municipalities to push their May elections to November. But a handful of small towns and special districts hadn’t canceled despite fears of infection spreading at polling … Continue reading

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Gov. Abbott Says Religious Services Are Essential — So Can Churches Still Meet? Here’s What He Says.

By Marisa Charpentier, KUT When Gov. Greg Abbott issued his executive order Tuesday restricting nonessential activities, he made sure to note religious services are considered essential. But in a time when people aren’t supposed to gather, what can and can’t houses of … Continue reading

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Should We All Be Wearing Masks In Public? Health Experts Revisit The Question

By Huo Jingnan, Allison Aubrey, and Carmel Wroth, NPR A few months ago, it may have seemed silly to wear a face mask during a trip to the grocery store. And in fact, the mainline public health message in the … Continue reading

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Texans filing for unemployment increase 1,600% over two weeks ago

By Naomi Andu, The Texas Tribune Last week alone, 275,597 out-of-work Texans filed for unemployment relief.

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Thousands in Texas face delays to their unemployment relief because of busy phone lines and website outages

By Carrington Tatum and Clare Proctor, The Texas Tribune As tens of thousands of Texans try to file unemployment insurance claims, they’re finding the Texas Workforce Commission’s phone lines jammed and website servers overloaded as the agency is swamped by … Continue reading

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Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19 in West Texas?

Marfa Public Radio is compiling resources for residents of the area. If you are offering services and would like to be included on this list, please email diana@marfapublicradio.org.

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Gov. Greg Abbott tells Texans to stay home except for essential activity in April

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune He also said that schools would remain closed until at least May 4 as the state increases its efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Abbott Orders Statewide Limits On Nonessential Activity, But Won’t Call It A ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order

By Marisa Charpentier, KUT Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Tuesday requiring Texans to limit personal interactions that could lead to the spread of COVID-19. He said people can still leave their homes to access essential services, like groceries or medicine, … Continue reading

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Texas shale producers ask state to cut oil output as demand plummets during coronavirus pandemic

By Mitchell Ferman, The Texas Tribune Two Texas oil companies with big business in the Permian Basin wrote to state regulators requesting an emergency meeting to consider reducing oil production as demand around the world has collapsed due to the … Continue reading

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