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Shannon Najmabadi is the higher education reporter at The Texas Tribune.

First Texas Case of More Contagious Coronavirus Variant Identified in Harris County

The first known case of a new and possibly more contagious coronavirus strain has been reported in Texas, in an adult male...

Eight months into the pandemic, this women’s health clinic in rural Texas struggles to...

BROWNWOOD — Women come from more than one hundred miles away to Building 35 in a red brick public housing project in...

COVID-19 vaccines may be coming soon, but most Texans won’t get them for months....

FALFURRIAS — After 8 a.m. on a fall Friday, a 31-foot white van drove down pockmarked streets, passed a public housing complex...

Local Health Authority Resigns in Texas Border County Battered by Coronavirus

The top doctor advising Starr County on local health policy resigned abruptly Monday, leaving a key position temporarily vacant in a rural...

Texas Lifts Tampon Ban at Bar Exam After Complaints Over Discriminatory Policy

Tampons and pads are no longer contraband at the upcoming bar exam for aspiring lawyers in Texas. Pausing a...

These “Last Responders” Deal With the Bodies As Coronavirus Deaths Surge in the Rio...

Reporting and writing by Shannon Najmabadi, photography by Miguel Gutierrez Jr. McALLEN—Juan Lopez is in the ambulance bay of...

Want a Coronavirus Test in Texas? You May Have to Wait for Hours in...

By 8 a.m. Friday, the line of cars waiting at an Austin coronavirus test site snaked out of the parking lot and...

Outside of Texas’ Big Cities, Some Are Still Waiting Nearly a Month for Coronavirus...

Roving test sites staffed by the Texas National Guard — a state solution to increase coronavirus test access outside of major cities — have...

As Coronavirus Hits Texas, the State’s Top Health Official is Spending 30 Hours a...

The acting head of Texas’ massive health and human services bureaucracy, who is leading a 36,600 employee agency during a global pandemic, is also...

UT-Austin President Greg Fenves Leaving Texas Flagship June 30 for Emory University

University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves is expected to announce this week that he will leave the state’s flagship college...

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