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State Employees Criticize Texas’ Uneven Approach to Worker Safety Amid COVID-19

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In the Heart of Texas Oil Country, Pody’s BBQ Is Determined Not to Go Bust

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Texas clinics resume abortion services, citing Abbott's loosening of ban on elective medical procedures

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Coronavirus put her out of work, then debt collectors froze her savings account

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The Construction Industry’s Latest Challenge: Taking the Coronavirus Threat Seriously

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A Previously Unreleased Bill Hicks Set From 1985 Shows the Legendary Comedian’s Thrilling Early Days

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Connecting to Faraway Family Via My Grandmother’s Mexican Stew

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Taco of the Week: Chorizo Verde Burrito at Las Almas Rotas

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Loon Star: Make America Sick Again

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Coronavirus in Texas: Walmart to open testing site in Lubbock

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Analysis: Energy isn’t the whole Texas economy, but it’s a critical piece

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Texans in Congress look for ways to help as oil prices tank

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You might be protected from eviction until Aug. 23. Here's how to find out.

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COVID-19 Cases Now Tied to Meat Plants in Rural Texas Counties Wracked with Coronavirus

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Trump campaign still owes El Paso more than $500,000 for a 2019 rally. City officials may sue to get the money.

Trump campaign still owes El Paso more than 0,000 for a 2019 rally. City officials may…

Texas investigating meat processing plants over coronavirus outbreaks

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A Power Ranking of the Texans on ‘The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart,’ Round Two

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Remote Hearings Hurt Asylum Seekers‘ Cases. The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Made Them the Norm.

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Texas oil regulators take no action on production

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This North Texas mayor is trying to reopen businesses in Colleyville, bucking Abbott’s stay-at-home order

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Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling Crimes Are Being Held in Detention, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

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With Salons Closed, an 89-Year-Old Houston Woman Washes Her Own Hair for the First Time in Decades

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Watch Gov. Greg Abbott give an update on the state's response to the novel coronavirus

Watch Gov. Greg Abbott give an update on the state’s response to the novel coronavirus …

Priya Krishna’s Quarantine Journal: Entry Three

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Dan Patrick says “there are more important things than living and that’s saving this country”

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In ‘All I Ever Wanted,’ Kathy Valentine Reclaims Her Narrative

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Coronavirus in Texas: State looking to let SNAP recipients order groceries online, report says

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Life after foster care was already tough. Now these Texans are facing the coronavirus pandemic, too.

Life after foster care was already tough. Now these Texans are facing the coronavirus pandemic, too. …

T-Squared: Our new women’s health reporter and copy editor

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President Donald Trump says he's temporarily halting immigration during coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump says he’s temporarily halting immigration during coronavirus pandemic President Donald Trump gave…

Federal appeals court says Texas can block pill-induced abortions during pandemic

Federal appeals court says Texas can block pill-induced abortions during pandemic An ultrasound machine at…

Texas oil price plummets below $1 as the coronavirus pandemic's economic woes continue battering the state

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Drive-thrus and free pencils: Texas plans for July elections with in-person voting

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Spinning Their Wheels

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Coronavirus in Texas: Most state parks reopen Monday in first phase of broader loosening of restrictions

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Officials knew coronavirus could spread at the Houston Rodeo and proceeded with the event anyway

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Is this rural community really Texas’ sickest county?

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Analysis: In an important election year, politics takes a back seat

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Coronavirus in Texas: State officials moved infected prisoners to Brazoria County without telling local leaders

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Texas utility regulators have programs to prevent shutoffs during the pandemic. But some Texans are falling through the cracks.

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Hollywood, Texas: ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ to Spend Another Season in Fake Texas

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In Restarting the Texas Economy While Promising to Keep COVID-19 at Bay, Greg Abbott Faces a Precarious Balancing Act

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Abbott Puts Cabal of His Billionaire Donors, Industry Lobbyists in Charge of Restarting Texas’ Economy

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Texas officials project optimism on hospital capacity, medical resources

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Gov. Greg Abbott relaxes ban on nonessential medical procedures, but says courts will decide if abortions can proceed

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Gov. Greg Abbott keeps Texas classrooms closed for remainder of school year

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Texas Monthly Recommends: Crafting Your Way Through Quarantine

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces team to restart the economy, loosens some restrictions

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Medical offices are struggling during the pandemic. Texas health officials are proposing a $334 million lifeline.

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Laredo, a key Texas border crossing, uses strict coronavirus measures as it fears spread to rest of U.S.

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Priya Krishna’s Quarantine Journal: Entry Two

For as long as I can remember, the middle shelf of our fridge has been occupied…

Here’s how the coronavirus is impacting Texas’ economy

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As economic data lags, Texas reports 4.7% jobless rate for March

Cars lined up Wednesday at LBJ Early College High School in Austin to receive food and…

From the Editor, May 2020: “It’s All Been a Blur”

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The “Father of Environmental Justice” on Why He Isn’t Surprised by COVID-19 Health Disparities

As the coronavirus keeps large swaths of Texas shut down, from the economy to the education…

Watch Gov. Greg Abbott discuss plans to reopen economy during coronavirus pandemic

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The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur

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Coronavirus in Texas: Conservatives sue Gov. Greg Abbott over stay-at-home order

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Analysis: Coronavirus could threaten local property tax limits

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How Texas lawmakers are navigating the personal and professional during coronavirus pandemic

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Federal judge orders Texas prison to provide hand sanitizer, face masks for inmates

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Texas small-business owners scramble as federal relief fund runs out

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Texas requests federal funding to cover coronavirus testing for the uninsured

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Texas Had a State Office That Could Have Investigated Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases. Lawmakers Defunded it Three Years Ago.

In 2005, faced with data showing that black and Native American families were overrepresented in Texas’…

How One Mexican Restaurant Is Feeding Workers at Two Dallas Hospitals

What are we going to do now? It’s a question the restaurant industry has asked itself…

Recipe: Instant Pot Tex-Mex Rice (Plus: Refried Beans From a Can!)

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An Eighth Grader Battles Existential Gloom, Watches Netflix

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Strong as Grass: A Year After a Devastating Tornado, the Caddo Nation Rebuilds in East Texas

Phil Cross was ten or twelve years old when he first heard his elders reminisce about…

Texas universities are getting millions in federal money to offset coronavirus losses. It won't be enough, officials say.

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Bull Session: Louie Gohmert Has a Cure for the Coronavirus—Imagination!

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At Least Seven Texas Detention Center Employees Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 Were Not Officially Reported by ICE

In late March, an employee at the Houston Contract Detention Facility became the first detention center…

More than 1 million people in Texas filed for unemployment relief in the last month

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Coronavirus in Texas: Texas lawmakers invited to join task force on reopening U.S. economy

Thousands of people waited in line Tuesday at Waco ISD Stadium to receive disaster relief food…

Bracing for coronavirus but losing money every day, this East Texas hospital had to cut employees

Emergency room visits at Titus Regional Medical Center in northeast Texas have dropped from about 65…

BBQ News Roundup: Where to Find Takeout, Who Is Giving Back, and Which Places Are Closed for Now.

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Inside the Frantic—and Frustrating—Race to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine in Texas

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TribCast: Forecasting what's next with coronavirus and the 2021 legislative session

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Houston Is Ground Zero for a Potentially Lifesaving COVID-19 Treatment

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High Ceilings Were a Must for Tennis Star John Isner

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Texas judge will issue order that could greatly expand mail-in voting

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Recipe: Texas-Style Bowl o’ Red Beans

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Texas has 15,492 coronavirus cases and 364 deaths. We're tracking the latest here.

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How to Hunker Down Like a Texan

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May 2020: Roar of the Crowd

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Priya Krishna’s Quarantine Journal: Entry One

I have always been an extremely enthusiastic cook; after all, I make my living as a…

Meanwhile, in Texas: A Girl Wakes up to Find a Raccoon Sitting Next to Her in Bed

A ten-year-old Richardson girl woke up one morning to find a raccoon calmly sitting next to…

"They're proud of me": With a mask and a passion to help, lawyer keeps working in Mexican border city

El Paso lawyer Taylor Levy leaves home before dawn each morning to cross the international bridge…

MJ Hegar far outpaces Royce West in U.S. Senate fundraising, but both are far behind John Cornyn

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From Jail to the Streets: One Texan’s Story During COVID-19

With the novel coronavirus upending society, Rachel Schuyler felt like a sitting duck. At the Bexar…

Coronavirus in Texas: University of Texas at Austin cutting summer tuition

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Texas school closings fray the personal bonds between teachers and students

Karen Sams, a 2020 Teacher of the Year, is struggling to adapt to virtual learning with…

Texas' oil and gas regulators aren't ready to cut production yet. They're not even sure how it would work if they did.

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Analysis: What will Texas reopen, and when?

The intersection of Kermit Highway and Andrews Highway in Odessa is empty as an advertisement urges…

In a pandemic and an election year, Texas Democrats look for the right tone

As some in the Democratic Party criticize Republicans for the nation’s now-ruinous economy and rising death…

Baylor University announces up to $80 million in budget cuts in wake of coronavirus pandemic

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Greg Abbott’s Power Grab on Bail Reform

On March 26, 15 people incarcerated in the massive jail looming over Buffalo Bayou in downtown…

A Power Ranking of the Texans on ‘The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart’

Last night, ABC premiered its confusing The Bachelor spin-off, Listen to Your Heart, which stuffs the…

A Week From Turning 85, Tootsie Tomanetz Misses Her Barbecue Family

Tootsie Tomanetz told me several years back that, “by staying active and busy, it helps me…

The COVID-19 Disaster Has Made a Mess of Texas’ Open Government Rules

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunistic public servants, government agencies now have carte blanche to…

Taco of the Week: Lengua at Cuantos Tacos

Luis “Beto” Robledo’s plan for Cuantos Tacos was to take a year to see if he…

I Love Paulette Jiles’s Novels. So Why Won’t She Talk to Me?

“This was the first time I was interviewed about a new book by somebody who hated…

“We’re Prepared for Just About Anything That Comes”

Ten years ago, my wife and I started a disaster preparation service, also called a mutual…

Coronavirus in Texas: Officials to discuss oil production cuts; nearly 14,000 Texans have tested positive for the virus

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Many Texas prisoners have been approved for parole but can't walk free yet. Advocates say coronavirus should change that.

Prisoners work outdoors at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, a women’s prison that’s part of the…

Federal appeals court allows medication abortions in Texas during coronavirus pandemic

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What One Texan Had to do to Get an Abortion During the Pandemic

Alison’s anxiety over her upcoming abortion kept pace with the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. The Central…

Texas redistricting could be affected by coronavirus-related delays of census

State representatives looked at redistricting maps on the floor of the Texas House in 2011. Bob…

230,000 Texas families filed for SNAP food assistance in March, twice as many as same month last year

Volunteers from neighboring small towns divide, package and load their trucks with food from the Amarillo-based…

A User’s Guide to How Texas’s Top Elected Officials Are Handling Coronavirus

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How to Have Barbecue (and Future Barbecue) Shipped to Your Door

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After a beloved principal's death, Waco middle school community grieves apart

G.W. Carver Middle School seventh grade student Tabitha Hawkins, 13, left, and mother Tobie release balloons…

The Nine Texans Honored With Guggenheim Fellowships

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Gov. Greg Abbott says reopening the Texas economy will be a slow process

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Mi Barrio No Se Vende

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Matthew McConaughey Is the Best Celebrity for These Times

With the pandemic, ongoing economic collapse, and all the hours we’re now spending isolated in our…

Coronavirus in Texas 4/13: Texas reports 13,906 cases and 287 deaths

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Analysis: Is voting in person during a pandemic the best we can do?

Voting by mail isn’t the norm in Texas, but it is well established in other states.…

Coronavirus in Texas 4/12: More than 12,500 Texans infected

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Texas Supreme Court stays lower court ruling, temporarily reviving Gov. Abbott's order restricting jail release

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