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Coronavirus in Texas: Walmart to open testing site in Lubbock

Sixth Street in downtown Austin features a coronavirus-related mural. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Wednesday’s biggest developments Walmart's first Texas coronavirus site will open in Lubbock Lubbock gets Walmart’s first coronavirus testing site in Texas [5 a.m.] Walmart will open a coronavirus testing site in Lubbock on Friday, which will be the retailer's first in Texas, according to The Dallas Morning News. "We're looking at more sites," a spokeswoman told the newspaper. Quest Diagnostics and ...
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Texans in Congress look for ways to help as oil prices tank

A pump jack in the Eagle Ford oil patch south of San Antonio. Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has lived through an oil crash before, and felt its effects firsthand. His parents owned a small oil services business in 1986, when a sudden drop in prices fundamentally changed his childhood. "I still remember the Monday where he had to lay off 19 of the 25 employees,” Cruz, speaking ...
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Analysis: Energy isn’t the whole Texas economy, but it’s a critical piece

A pump jack and a gas flare in the Eagle Ford oil patch south of San Antonio. Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. If you’d like to listen to the column, just click on the play button below. (Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) If it lasts, this week’s plunge in oil prices could hit the Texas ...
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You might be protected from eviction until Aug. 23. Here's how to find out.

Experts are concerned for the short- and long-term housing stability of the 1.7 million renters in Texas. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Texans living in more than 8,800 rental properties can now find out if they are protected from eviction proceedings and financial penalties for not paying housing costs as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the economy. The National Low Income Housing Coalition launched a new searchable database that lets people check whether a ...
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Trump's campaign still owes El Paso more than $500,000 for a 2019 rally. City officials may sue to get the money.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at El Paso County Coliseum in 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis El Paso Mayor Dee Margo on Tuesday said city officials should probably consider suing President Trump’s campaign to recoup more than $500,000 in expenses incurred during a rally last year. The city spent about $470,000 on security and other costs for a Trump rally in South El Paso in February 2019. After that invoice went unpaid, the ...
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Texas investigating meat processing plants over coronavirus outbreaks

The JBS beef processing plant in Cactus on Jan. 28, 2020. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune State health officials confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating an outbreak of the new coronavirus at the JBS Beef packing plant in the Texas Panhandle, part of ongoing efforts to monitor major meat processing plants as the pandemic continues to threaten food supply chains. Earlier this month, the Department of State Health Services conducted an epidemiological investigation in Shelby ...
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Gov. Greg Abbott's task force to reopen the economy is packed with top business leaders — and donors

Vodka Street Global Bistro and Bar in downtown San Marcos has temporarily closed its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taken on April 10, 2020. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune Many Democrats want the economy to remain closed. Some Republicans have insisted that it reopen immediately. But more than anyone else, the decision about when — and how — Texas will return to business as usual falls to Gov. Greg Abbott. The team that is guiding him ...
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Texas oil regulators take no action on production

An oil pump jack during a storm in Refugio County in 2017. Courtesy of Bill Harvey The morning after oil prices crashed into negative territory, Texas oil regulators on Tuesday decided against taking action to impose limits on oil producers, instead creating a “task force” to gather more information on oil production cuts as the coronavirus has kept much of the world at home, crushing global demand. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state’s ...
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This North Texas mayor is trying to reopen businesses in Colleyville, bucking Abbott’s stay-at-home order

Mayor Richard Newton, center, and the Colleyville city council. City of Colleyville Starting Tuesday, the mayor of Colleyville said residents can attend churches and other places of worship so long as social distancing guidelines are followed. He also said starting Friday they can dine at restaurants with outdoor patios — so long as tables are spaced apart — and have one-on-one visits with salon establishments, gyms and massage therapists. With that announcement, Colleyville Mayor Richard ...
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Watch Gov. Greg Abbott give an update on the state's response to the novel coronavirus

https://nbcdfw.com/portableplayer/?CID=1:8:2130761&videoID=21668230_737&lvshell=undefined&origin=nbcdfw.com&fullWidth=y Gov. Greg Abbott will provide the latest information from the state Capitol about efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Nearly 20,000 Texans have tested positive, and 495 died from the virus as of April 20, according to state health officials. Tuesday's update comes a day after the governor announced plans for the Texas National Guard to mobilize more than 1,200 personnel for COVID-19 mobile testing teams ...
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