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Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally before Jan. 6 insurrection

Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally before Jan. 6 insurrection

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Texas attorney general's office is attempting to withhold all messages sent or received while in Washington for the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.Several news organizations in Texas have requested copies of the attorney general's work-related communications. The Texas Public Information Act guarantees the public's right to government records — even if those records are stored on personal devices or online accounts of public officials.After Paxton's office refused...

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March 25, 2021
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally

6:00 AM on Mar 25, 2021 CDTAUSTIN — The Texas attorney general’s office is attempting to withhold all messages Ken Paxton sent or received while in Washington for the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.Several news organizations in Texas have requested copies of the attorney general’s work-related communications. The Texas Public Information Act guarantees the public’s right to government records — even if those records are stored on personal devices or online accounts of public officials.After Paxton’s office refused to release copies of his emails and...

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March 25, 2021
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Gov. Abbott ended Texas mask mandate without input from all his COVID-19 medical advisers

Gov. Abbott ended Texas mask mandate without input from all his COVID-19 medical advisers

7:09 PM on Mar 3, 2021 CSTAUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott’s four medical advisers were not all on board with his move to end the state’s coronavirus restrictions -- or even included in the decision.“I don’t think this is the right time,” said advisor Mark McClellan, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, adding he was not consulted before the decision.“Texas has been making some real progress but it’s too soon for full reopening and to stop masking around others,” McClellan said in an email.From the start of the pandemic, Abbott said he would rely on data and doctors to...

March 4, 2021
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Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate

Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate

8:52 AM on Mar 2, 2021 CSTUpdated at 5:56 p.m. with additional details and reaction.AUSTIN — Texans will no longer be required to wear a face mask in public and all businesses can open at full capacity starting next week, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.The Republican made the sweeping move — on Texas Independence Day — even as public health officials say restrictions are still critical to control the pandemic, which has killed more than 42,500 Texans.Abbott cited growing vaccination rates in his decision, although fewer than 2 million Texans are fully inoculated against COVID-19 in a...

March 3, 2021
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Texas passes 1 million COVID cases, and experts warn of a surge ‘unlike anything we have seen’

Texas passes 1 million COVID cases, and experts warn of a surge ‘unlike anything we have seen’

4:16 PM on Nov 13, 2020 CSTAUSTIN — Over 1 million Texans have now tested positive for COVID-19, and with holidays approaching, experts warn that the current surge of cases will swell even further.Dallas Countythis week, logging more than 1,400 positive test results on Tuesday. Hospitals with coronavirus patients, and the . Case counts statewide have rebounded to July Fourth levels that at the time were alarming enough for Gov. Greg Abbott to impose a mask mandate, which remains in effect. University of Texas at Austin scientists that the disease could claim 1,000 more Texans by the end of...

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November 14, 2020
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s alleged affair linked to corruption claims

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s alleged affair linked to corruption claims

4:55 PM on Nov 5, 2020 CSTAUSTIN — The real estate developer linked to claims of corruption against Ken Paxton hired a woman who allegedly had an extramarital affair with the attorney general, The Dallas Morning News has learned.Nate Paul, an Austin-based businessman and campaign donor, said he believed Paxton recommended the woman for a job at his firm, according to a deposition The News obtained Wednesday. Paul acknowledged knowing Paxton for several years, and he said they spoke as recently as last week, when Paul expressed condolences over the death of Paxton’s mother.The deposition —...

November 6, 2020
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GOP candidate finishing hotly contested North Texas Senate race in quarantine after wife tests positive for COVID-19

GOP candidate finishing hotly contested North Texas Senate race in quarantine after wife tests positive for COVID-19

3:02 PM on Sep 21, 2020 CDTAUSTIN — The coronavirus has sidelined one of the leading Republican candidates in the final week of a hotly contested special election for a North Texas senate seat.State Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster is in quarantine after his wife tested positive for COVID-19, he said.“We’re doing what Texans should do, which is if you are affected, quarantine so the rest of Texas can stay open and go to work,” he said.While the Republican said he will be campaigning virtually and sending surrogates to candidate forums, the twist could give a leg-up to competitors like Dallas...

September 22, 2020
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West Texas conservative oil and gas megadonors pour big bucks into Shelley Luther’s state Senate bid

West Texas conservative oil and gas megadonors pour big bucks into Shelley Luther’s state Senate bid

10:53 AM on Sep 22, 2020 CDTAUSTIN — West Texas oil and fracking billionaires who bankroll conservative causes are funding Shelley Luther’s campaign for a North Texas Senate seat, newly released finance reports show.Midland oilman Tim Dunn to the salon owner’s campaign, while and his wife, Jo Ann, chipped in $100,000, reports show. Luther also received $5,000 from former state Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas, a vocal critic of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Luther, who made national headlines for , now has over a half-million dollars heading into the final stretch of the race, the most of any competitor,...

September 22, 2020
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