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Harris County Implements Compassionate Release of Inmates, Extends Stay-at-Home Order

Today Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the release of about 1,000 nonviolent inmates from the Harris County Jail in hopes of...

Texas Companies Step Up to Fight Virus and Its Effects

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, some Texas companies are stepping up to provide equipment and aid. Here are snapshots of their ongoing...

Judge Halts Dallas Sick Leave Ordinance

A federal judge has halted Dallas from implementing a new ordinance requiring private employers to provide sick time. The preliminary injunction issued...

Ultra-Conservative GOP Activist, Pastors Challenge Stay-at-Home Order

Hardline GOP leader Steven Hotze and three pastors petitioned the Texas Supreme Court Monday to have the Harris County stay-at-home order ruled...

When Will I Get My Stimulus Check?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that checks from the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill Congress passed last week to help the...

Abbott, Patrick and Texas’ Lack of a Unified Approach to COVID-19

COVID-19 is once again shining a bright spotlight on the politics of Texas. Never was this more apparent than last Monday when...

Abbott Further Restricts Travel Into Texas, Announces First Pop-Up Hospital, Restricts Prison Releases: COVID-19

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced the opening of Texas’ first pop-up hospital, further restricted travel into Texas from COVID-19 hotspots and...

Texas’ Rural School Districts Face Connectivity Challenge As Public Education Goes Digital

As Texans around the state stay at home for an extended period of time to help stem the spread of COVID-19, school...

Texas Teacher Pension Payments Are Safe, Executive Director Says

Retired teachers’ annuities are safe, there will be no changes to them, and they will be delivered on time. That was the...

Texas Prisons Take Steps to Mitigate the Spread of Coronavirus

As COVID-19 cases increase in Texas, so do concerns about the well-being of people in Texas prisons and jails. 

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