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Joe Brown at lecturn speaking at a September 2019 press conference.
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas Twitter Account

A U.S. attorney in Texas who was appointed by President Donald Trump announced his resignation Tuesday, providing no explanation for his unusually abrupt departure.

A couple wearing protective masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic while walking on the boardwalk of Coney Island Beach.
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The coronavirus pandemic has presented some unique challenges for couples. Whether they are struggling with being apart or spending too much time together, Dr. Lyndsey Harper has tips to help strengthen intimate relationships during this unique time. 

Downtown Frisco
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In the booming suburbs north of Dallas, the city of Frisco grew faster than any other large city in the country over the last decade. That’s according to a new analysis from the Census Bureau.

Elephant
Courtesy of the Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo will both re-open Friday — and visitors can expect some new additions and new protocols. 

Both zoos are experiencing something they've never really encountered before: No visitors.

Wanda Cooper-Jones in a #RunWithAmaud tee shirt.
Sarah Blake Morgan / Associated Press

He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. 

A student from Denton Guyer High School gets his temperature checked before the graduation ceremony.
Lauren Rangel for KERA

More than 30 North Texas high schools are holding graduations this month. Not in an auditorium, but at a racetrack.

A woman battles with her umbrella during a heavy storm in Arlington in June 2015.
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Thunderstorms across North Texas are expected to build into a near-continuous line of storms, producing flooding, hail and damaging wind gusts, especially west of Interstate 35.

El Paso Strong mural
Cedar Attanasio / Associated Press

Inked on skin and hashtagged on social media, the words “El Paso Strong” united city residents after a mass shooting at a Walmart last year.

City officials standing around lecturn.
City of Bowie Facebook page

Storms carrying large hail and damaging winds, including tornadoes, caused severe damage to parts of North Texas, officials said Saturday.

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Bars in Texas can reopen at 25% capacity Friday as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased plan to end COVID-19 shutdowns.

Courtesy of Jonah Ortiz

Your senior year is one for the ages.

Class trips, prom and graduation all help mark the end of one chapter and the start of another.

The pandemic has stolen some of these moments from the Class of 2020, but that hasn’t kept seniors from celebrating a milestone year.

Art on Sixth Street in downtown Austin has coronavirus-related themes.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

As Texas inches away from its economic shutdown and people resume sharing public and sometimes confined spaces, the question of whether to wear a face mask has become a way to pick sides in what’s quickly becoming a coronavirus culture war.

In this screen grab from May 18, 2020, Collin County District Court video livestreamed on YouTube, Collin County District Judge Emily Miskel, upper left, facilitates proceedings during jury selection via Zoom.
Collin County District Court/YouTube via AP

The potential jurors popped onto the screen one by one. They confirmed their names and told the judge how they were connecting to the court: on laptops, tablets and iPhones.

Texas Unemployment Rate Hits Worst On Record At 12.8%

May 22, 2020
The state's April jobless rate was 12.8% — Texas' worst monthly tally on record.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The state’s April jobless rate was 12.8% — Texas’ worst monthly tally on record.

That number, included in the Labor Department’s monthly report released Friday, is the government’s clearest and most comprehensive look at the economic devastation in Texas since the coronavirus pandemic first swept the state in March.

A red brick house stands with a sign that says "AVAILABLE" out front.
Donna McWilliam / Associated Press

Some people are still looking to buy houses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic slump. So, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit is helping out with virtual classes.

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From lockdowns to unemployment to reopening, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is taking a deep dive into how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect mental health.

Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

The number of Texas families applying for federal aid to afford groceries almost doubled in April compared with an already high number the month before as record numbers of Texans continue to also request unemployment benefits because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caodan Tran used to work in the funeral industry. Now, she's gathering like-minded people to talk about death.
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COVID-19 has killed nearly 100,000 Americans — and each one of them had people who loved them. They had family and friends who’ll mourn their passing. But, unfortunately, safety measures like social distancing and stay-at-home orders have complicated an already difficult situation. 

Eric Gay / Associated Press

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is staggering: More than 90,000 Americans have died of the disease and more than 38 million people have filed for unemployment since March. While the pain is widespread, it hasn’t been equal.

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Leaders of the state’s two largest school districts worry their students are falling behind during the COVID-19 shutdown. Dallas and Houston superintendents shared their efforts Thursday to ensure their kids keep learning.

American Airlines aircrafts are seen at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Associated Press

Gov. Greg Abbott lifted air travel restrictions into Texas for those coming from states and major cities that have been considered COVID-19 hot spots. The change will take effect immediately, Abbott announced Thursday.

Denton State Supported Living Center
Christopher Connelly / KERA

Texas will soon test all residents and staff for the new coronavirus in state-run homes for people with disabilities, according to an email sent to employees from the state official who oversees the facilities.

Carpenters John Mackie, of Canton, Mass., left, and Doug Hathaway, of Holliston, Mass., right, apply trim to a newly installed plastic barrier in an office area, at Boston University.
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Growing numbers of U.S. colleges are pledging to reopen this fall, with dramatic changes to campus life to keep the coronavirus at bay. Big lectures will be a thing of the past. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity. Students will face mandatory virus testing. And at some smaller schools, students may be barred from leaving campus.

Senate Confirms U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe As Director Of National Intelligence

May 21, 2020
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas
Associated Press

The Senate on Thursday confirmed U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, as director of national intelligence, elevating him to a cabinet-level position in the Trump administration and creating a vacancy for a congressional seat in Texas.

Donna Heath is a manager at The Barn Door Restaurant in San Antonio.
Christopher Lee for The Texas Tribune

Serving San Antonio for more than 60 years, The Barn Door Restaurant has long prioritized treating patrons with warmth and friendliness. Donna Heath has proudly upheld that standard as a manager, and she often greets guests by name and sometimes with a hug.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

A federal appeals court has temporarilyput on hold a lower court’s sweeping ruling that would have allowed all Texas voters to qualify to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bruce McCall, 5, laughs as he eats his lunch behind plastic barriers during martial arts daycare summer camp at Legendary Blackbelt Academy in Richardson on May 19.
LM Otero / Associated Press

After months of home schooling and lost sports seasons, millions of Texas children may get a taste of a somewhat normal summer after all — if their parents go for it.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week said child care facilities can reopen immediately and set the stage for a return to summer camp, youth sports leagues and even summer school.

Domestic Violence Reports On The Rise In Dallas

May 20, 2020
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The Dallas Police Department is seeing an increase in cases of domestic violence.

In February, Dallas police received about 900 reports of domestic violence. In April, that number had jumped to over 1,200, according to the department.

Drivers sit in traffic on I-45 northbound at North Main Street.
Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media

During the first four weeks of stay-at-home orders, ozone pollution across Texas dropped by an average of 18%, as people stayed at home and drove less, according to a study from the Houston Advanced Research Center in The Woodlands.

Students and teachers walk through the halls at Cactus Elementary School.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to destabilize public education, Texas school districts are waiting to learn whether a federal stimulus package could help shore up rocky budgets.

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