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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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Odessa Doctor Tests Positive For COVID-19

By Mitch Borden An Odessa Doctor says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Ghassan Fanous made the announcement Thursday in a Facebook post. Fanous is an OB-GYN that has his own personal practice in the Permian Basin and was … 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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Big Bend National Park Closes To All Visitors Out Of Coronavirus Concern

By Carlos Morales At the entrances to Big Bend National Park, visitors will now be met with barricades, signs and park rangers telling them the sprawling 800,000-acre park is now closed to the public. Big Bend National Park is temporarily … 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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Texas Companies Show Interest In The State Reducing Oil Production

By Mitch Borden As the coronavirus pandemic continues to shake global markets—and as the price war over crude oil between Russian and Saudi Arabia goes on—oil companies are trying to figure out how to survive with oil prices hovering around … 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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How Are West Texas Jails Preparing for Coronavirus?

By Mitch Borden Over the past couple of weeks, Texas has seen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a particularly vulnerable population — inmates. The Harris County Sheriff’s office recently confirmed that at least 1 inmate had COVID-19, while dozens more … Continue reading

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