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Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment test for COVID-19 at a testing site at Memorial Park Aquatic Facility in El Paso on July, 16, 2020. In recent weeks, the average number of tests administered in Texas has fallen by more than 40%.
Joel Angel Juarez for The Texas

The number of Texans being tested for the coronavirus has fallen sharply in recent weeks, a trend that has worried public health experts as officials consider sending children back to school while thousands more Texans are infected each day.

Statue of Sul Ross
Shelby Knowles / For The Texas Tribune

Only the Texas Legislature has the authority to permanently remove the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue at Texas A&M University, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion released Friday.

Former President George Bush's next book will feature portraits he's painted of 43 immigrants, from Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki to Gilbert Tuhabonye, a legendary runner from Burundi.
George W. Bush Presidential Center

While the current president closes borders and shuts off avenues to asylum, George W. Bush is making a statement about immigration with his paintbrush.

Fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger becomes emotional as she testifies in her 2019 murder trial in Dallas.
Tom Fox / The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press

Attorneys for a white former Dallas police officer have filed an appeal of her murder conviction in the killing of her Black neighbor inside his home.

Texas Private Schools Limit Enrollment As They Aim To Reopen Classrooms

Aug 9, 2020
Private schools weighing whether to reopen their campuses as the coronavirus pandemic continues face a different calculus than their public counterparts.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

While debate about how to safely reopen public schools in Texas raged through the summer, Kim Olstrup was preparing to bring students back to her Midcities Montessori private school in Bedford. 

A billboard sponsored by O, The Oprah Magazine, is on display with with a photo of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY.
Dylan T. Lovan / Associated Press

First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.

Marlene Stollings
Rod Aydelotte / Associated Press

Texas Tech fired women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings this week after a scathing newspaper report alleging a culture of abuse in her program.

Coronavirus Outbreak At Houston-Area Nursing Home Kills 17 Residents

Aug 8, 2020
Paramedics disinfect a gurney in their ambulance before leaving a  nursing home.
Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

A novel coronavirus outbreak at a Missouri City nursing home, outside of Houston, has killed 17 residents, according to data from state officials.

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

The proposed budget for the city of Dallas does not include cuts to the police department. The plan released Friday does include funding new programs and infrastructure improvements that aim to reduce inequality in the city.

Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, center, walks into the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Aug. 6 ahead of a meeting with local officials in Killeen.
Hunter King/The Killeen Daily Herald via AP

Army leaders have delayed the planned transfer of the Fort Hood commander, as a team of independent investigators heads to the base to determine whether leadership failures contributed to the murder of a soldier earlier this year, and several other deaths.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs
Associated Press

A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Joe Biden in a crowd
Michael Wyke / Associated Press

Former Vice President Joe Biden first tantalized Democrats when he tossed out a television ad in Texas in mid-July. The campaign aired versions of the spot in three other states.

St. Edward's University in Austin slashed 10% of its staff in May, including some faculty members, to prepare for decreased enrollment this fall.
Allie Goulding / The Texas Tribune

On the first day of her vacation in late June, Melanie Bentley lost her job as an administrative assistant, one of several employees let go from the Tomás Rivera Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Her belongings would be packed up, she was told by an administrator on the phone, and her email access terminated before the day was over.

Allie Goulding / The Texas Tribune

For the first time in nearly five months, visitors will be allowed in Texas nursing homes on a limited basis, state health officials announced Thursday evening, reversing a policy intended to keep the state’s most vulnerable populations safe from a pandemic that has proved especially deadly for older people.

Keren Carrion / KERA

About 20 volunteers with the Latino nonprofit The Concilio spent Wednesday evening knocking on doors asking people to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census. 

New Program To Regulate Texas' Hemp Industry

Aug 6, 2020
An industrial hemp plant
Associated Press

The Texas Department of State Health Services introduced a program to regulate the consumable hemp industry in the state.

Consumable hemp products include foods, drugs, devices or cosmetics that contain industrial hemp or hemp-derived cannabinoids, like CBD.

The Toll Separation Takes On Families With COVID-19

Aug 6, 2020
Gabriel C. Perez / KUT

When Crystal Rivas woke up on a Saturday morning in late June, her body felt off. All night, she was going in and out of chills and hot flashes. So out of an abundance of caution, she removed all her kids laptops and video games from her bedroom.

Frederick Douglass Republican Engagement Strategy creator KCarl Smith spoke at a Black Voices for Trump event in February. The meeting was part of a series of events across the country to reach Black voters.
Angela Piazza for The Texas Tribune

On the door for the McLennan County Republican Party headquarters on a February night, a flyer read, "Black Voices for Trump." Inside, 50 or so faces — virtually all of them white — looked up at the speaker before them.

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Each day we’re inundated with new data about the spread of COVID-19. But how do we know which numbers tell the real story?

Caroline Chen covers health care for ProPublica and is currently reporting on the coronavirus pandemic. She talked with Krys Boyd about how we should interpret the numbers to get a sense of where we’re headed.

People wait to speak with representatives from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission about unemployment claims Thursday, July 9, in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Associated Press

Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the spring.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the media during a visit to a Texas Division of Emergency Management Warehouse on Aug. 4.
Associated Press

Five of the Texas Legislature’s most conservative members are suing Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials, claiming Texas leaders overstepped their bounds when they awarded a major contract for tracking Texas’ coronavirus outbreak to a little-known technology firm.

A man arrives at Starr County Memorial Hospital, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Rio Grande City, Texas. On America's southern doorstep, the U.S. failure to contain the pandemic has been laid bare.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Muñoz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation’s most dire coronavirus hot spots.

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The city of Arlington is taking a data-driven approach to becoming more equitable through a new Unity Council.

The diverse, 25-member group will determine where inequity exists in the city and give recommendations to the city council for how to make things better.

Census Form
Paul Sancya / Associated Press

For months, as Texans have been asked to stay home to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus, Jennifer Edwards has been doing the rounds at gas stations in a trio of counties near the Texas-Louisiana border.

Volunteering as a census community organizer, the Tarleton State University professor reasoned that gas stations, like grocery stores, would continue to see foot traffic during the pandemic. 

Jordan Vonderhaar / The Texas Tribune

Accurate and up-to-date coronavirus data is critical — not just for informing the officials making policy, but for parents trying to decide whether to send their kids to day care and business owners wondering whether to reopen their stores.

Fort Worth City Council
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday night voted to approve a new four-year police contract, despite calls to postpone the vote for a second time.

Gov. Greg Abbott
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott will visit South Texas on Tuesday to address the region's need for more hospital capacity to treat patients with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The 2:45 p.m. event follows a morning stop in San Antonio where Abbott provided updates on the state's supply of personal protective equipment and how schools should reopen.

Gov. Greg Abbott
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott stressed Tuesday that only local school boards, not local governments, have the power to decide how to open schools this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 TCU coach Gary Patterson
Associated Press

TCU football coach Gary Patterson apologized for himself Tuesday for repeating a racial slur when telling a player to stop using the slur in team meetings.

A restaurant worker cleans a table at Gueros Taco Bar in South Austin on June 24, 2020.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

For the first time in months, Texas’ sales tax revenue increased when compared to the same period last year despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday.

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