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Texas’ Rules For Mail-In Voting Won’t Work During Pandemic, A New Lawsuit Argues

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting in Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic.

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Marfa reopens — or not

By Stephen Paulsen, The Big Bend Sentinelstephen@bigbendsentinel.com MARFA — Visitors are trickling into Marfa hotels again after Governor Greg Abbott’s “reopening” plan began on Friday. Abbott’s order overruled a range of local emergency measures across the state, including face-mask requirements … Continue reading

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Armed Protestors Arrested In West Odessa While Supporting A Local Bar Illegally Reopening

By Mitch Borden Six men face weapons charges after gathering with assault rifles at Big Daddy Zane’s bar on Monday in support of the West Odessa establishment’s illegal reopening.

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Gov. Greg Abbott to allow Texas hair salons and pools to reopen Friday and gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune The governor had initially eyed May 18 as the next date to announce further business reopenings, but he faced growing pressure in recent days from some in his own party to move more quickly.

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Midland Medical Lodge Continues To See COVID-19 Spread As It Transfers Positive Patients To Local Hospital

By Mitch Borden Several residents at Midland Medical Lodge, a nursing home in the Permian hub, have tested positive for the coronavirus in just under three weeks. What initially began as an outbreak among office workers has transformed the nursing … Continue reading

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Texas’ Frontline Workers In The Pandemic Are Predominantly Women And People Of Color, Analysis Finds

By Shannon Najmabadi, Texas Tribune When the coronavirus pandemic began, school custodian Crystal Watts was working five days a week, mopping floors, wiping desks and disinfecting every surface that was touched. She didn’t get a mask.

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Texas Tells Presidio County Hotels and Short-term Rentals Can’t Stay Closed

By Diana Nguyen Less than a day after Presidio County moved to restrict hotels and short-term rentals from opening their doors, County Judge Cinderela Guevara received notice Friday from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office that the measures passed by Presidio County … Continue reading

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As Shelter-in-Place Orders Expire, Big Bend Governments Grapple with Regulating Lodging Businesses

By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales Businesses have begun to reopen in West Texas and across the state, but a lack of clarity on whether local governments can regulate lodging facilities caused confusion among officials, who this week have grappled … Continue reading

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As Region Gains Access To Increased Testing, Brewster County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Carlos Morales A south Brewster County resident is self-quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in the Big Bend Region since Gov. Greg Abbott deployed the Texas National Guard to test residents last week. At this … Continue reading

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The Big Bend Region’s First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 is in Brewster County

By Public Radio Staff For the past month, the Big Bend region has remained seemingly insulated from the coronavirus pandemic with no confirmed cases of COVID-19. That was until Thursday afternoon.

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