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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger
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There are 130 major college football teams, spread across 41 states and competing in 10 conferences, save for a handful of independents.

In this April 30, 2020, photo traffic moves along Interstate 10 near downtown Houston.
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When you’re known as the energy capital of the world, oil busts are nothing new. But Houston now finds itself in uncharted territory — grappling with an oil downturn in the middle of a pandemic.

Shelley Luther holds a citation while talking to a Dallas police officer.
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A Texas’ judge’s decision to jail a hair salon owner for defying restrictions meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus has drawn criticism from the governor and state attorney general.

In this 2009 file photo, a butcher places beef on display at Costco in Mountain View, Calif.
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U.S. meat supplies are dwindling due to coronavirus-related production shutdowns. As a result, some stores like Costco and restaurants like Wendy’s are limiting sales.

In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo Greg Zanis of Aurora, Ill., prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso.
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An Illinois man man who spent years making crosses and bringing them to the sites of mass shootings, including El Paso, and other disasters around the United States died Monday.

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a shopper wears a mask as she walks through the meat products at a grocery store in Dallas on April 29.
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A surge of coronavirus cases in the Texas Panhandle, a crucial region for the nation’s beef supply, has federal officials sending help to Amarillo to try to control rising numbers of infections over the past week, the mayor said Monday.

The Capitol is seen amid reflections of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.
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The Treasury Department says it will need to borrow a record $2.99 trillion during the current April-June quarter to cover the cost of various rescue efforts dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Site director Raheel Khan wears a face mask while helping setup at a newly opened United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 drive-through testing site in Houston.
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Texas hit a third straight day of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases Saturday as the state charged into its first weekend of re-opening the economy with residents allowed to go back to malls, restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores in limited numbers.

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As more states begin to relax their coronavirus lockdowns, most are falling short of the minimum levels of testing suggested by the federal government and recommended by a variety of public health researchers, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Blue Bell Creameries agreed to pay more than $19 million in fines and forfeiture on Friday as part of a plea agreement on two misdemeanor counts for shipping contaminated ice cream, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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A Texas ice cream company has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated goods and its former CEO has been charged with conspiracy and attempted wire fraud in connection to a 2015 listeria outbreak that left three people dead, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

 Juan Carlos Perla sits with his son, Joshua Perla, as his wife, Ruth Aracely Monroy, right, stands
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The Trump administration on Thursday suspended immigration court hearings for asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico through June 1, bowing to public health concerns while extending a state of limbo those locked down in Mexican migrant shelters.

A sign encouraging physical distancing
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Texas’ coronavirus death toll hit a single-day high of 50 on Thursday, just as the state was preparing for a slow reboot of one of the world’s largest economies by reopening retail, restaurants, malls and movies to limited amounts of customers.

portrait of Ken Paxton at 2017 press conference
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When a small county in the Colorado mountains banished everyone but locals to blunt the spread of the coronavirus, an unlikely outsider raised a fuss: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who called it an affront to Texans who own property there and pressed health officials to soften the rules.

787 max in flight stage photo
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American Airlines reported a staggering loss of $2.24 billion for the first quarter, when the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in air travel.

The airline said Thursday that revenue fell 19% while costs continued to rise even as the virus spread.

Amazon packages on sorting belt
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Amazon has spent years honing the business of packing, shipping and delivering millions of products to doorsteps around the world.

Now it has a captive audience.

Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth
Bureau of Prisons

A pregnant inmate whose baby was delivered by cesarean section while she was on a ventilator after being hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms has died in federal custody, the Bureau of Prisons said Tuesday.

sidewalk sign showing restaurant is open for take out.
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Is it safe to order food via take-out or delivery?

Unlike some germs, there’s no indication the coronavirus can spread through food, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Globe Life Field
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North Texas has more to offer than just the new Rangers ballpark should MLB decide to start the pandemic-delayed 2020 baseball season with teams grouped together in different regions.

Jessica Coca Garcia
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A man shot in the Aug. 3 attack targeting Latinos in an El Paso Walmart died Sunday after months in the hospital, raising the death toll from the attack to 23, according to a hospital official.

screen out side the Ford Center
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Now that his first draft with the Dallas Cowboys is finished, coach Mike McCarthy moves into an unusual offseason not knowing when Dak Prescott will be under contract.

women in front of phone and ring light doing an online sunglasses demo
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As Texas eases restrictions put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic, one clothing store owner said Saturday that most of her customers so far are sticking to having orders shipped even though retail “to go” is now allowed.

Sasha McVeigh poses at her home in Springfield, Tenn.
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Like many Americans cooped up during the virus outbreak, Jeff Kardesch of Austin, Texas, is spending a lot of time on social media. It isn’t just idle talk with friends. Kardesch is struggling to find out when he’ll receive the unemployment benefits he needs.

A man carries a riffle and stands with salon owner Shelley Luther, left, and others at a shopping center
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A handful of Texas businesses reopened Friday in defiance of state guidance in the fight against the coronavirus, which allows retailers to offer “to go” service but leaves other restrictions in place.

AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson
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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is stepping down after leading the telecommunications giant for 13 years.

The Dallas company named John Stankey as chief executive effective July 1.

Stankey, 57, has been president and chief operating officer since October 2019. He joined AT&T in 1985.

A man wears a face mask as he leaves a business that remains open in downtown San Antonio on April 22.
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Texas will reopen “massive” amounts of businesses soon, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday, teasing an imminent return of hair salons and restaurant dining at a time when President Donald Trump is aiming for a swift nationwide reopening from coronavirus closures.

President Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States.” But an executive order he is expected to sign Wednesday to implement the change would bar only those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers.

The sign outside Threadgill's says it is closed April 21 in Austin.
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A live-music venue in Texas where college student Janis Joplin launched her singing career will not be reopening after the coronavirus pandemic lifts.

Owner Eddie Wilson said that he plans to sell the property on Austin’s North Lamar Boulevard that has been Threadgill’s for 87 years.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., far right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington on March 15, 2020.
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Preparations for the 2020 general election debates are proceeding “according to schedule” despite the coronavirus outbreak.


U.S. health regulators on Tuesday OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home, a new approach that could help expand testing options in most states.

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The race is on among states willing to be the first to host NASCAR races without fans.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that NASCAR was working with Texas Motor Speedway on a plan to race there.