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2 big Texas companies come out against GOP bills to tighten voting laws

2 big Texas companies come out against GOP bills to tighten voting laws

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Multiple major corporations based in Texas spoke out Thursday in opposition to Republicans' legislative proposals to further restrict voting in Texas.Corporate giants American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, and Dell Technologies, headquartered in Round Rock, were among the first to take a position. American Airlines took specific aim at Senate Bill 7, which would impose sweeping restrictions that take particular aim at local efforts meant to make it easier to vote - like extended early voting hours. Senate Republicans...

Apr 2
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Texas is facing a wave of event cancellations after GOP governor ended mask mandate

Texas is facing a wave of event cancellations after GOP governor ended mask mandate

--At least four organizations canceled conferences or conventions in Austin, citing health concerns after Texas ended its statewide mask mandate earlier this month. The cancellations cost the Hilton Austin hotel $350,000 in revenue, according to Austin Convention Enterprises, a city-created corporation that owns and manages the hotel."These were rooms that were already on the books, and largely what we saw was fallout, ironically, from the governor opening the economy," said Joe Bolash, Hilton Austin general manager, during a March 16 Austin Convention Enterprises board meeting. "It was...

Mar 26
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“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.Also, , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.In January 2014, power plants owned by Texas’ largest electricity producer buckled under frigid temperatures. Its generators failed more than a dozen times in 12 hours, helping to bring the state’s electric grid to the brink of collapse.The incident was the second in three years for North Texas-based Luminant, whose...

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Feb 22
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Texas will require students to take the STAAR test in person

Texas will require students to take the STAAR test in person

Breaking NewsSchool districts can set up sites outside of their schools, including performing arts centers, hotels and recreation centers.8:54 AM CST January 30, 2021TEXAS, USA —Texas public school students must show up in person to take the STAAR test this spring, and districts can apply for waivers to socially distance test takers, according to released by the Texas Education Agency.The state is moving forward with the state standardized tests, taken in grades three through 12, this spring and summer during the pandemic and requiring students to take them at a “monitored” testing site....

Jan 30
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Texas can’t legally secede from the U.S., despite popular myth

Texas can’t legally secede from the U.S., despite popular myth

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Every few months, the question seems to come up: If Texas wanted to, could it secede from the United States?Simply put, the answer is no. Historical and legal precedents make it clear that Texas could not leave the Union — at least not legally.The idea is most often raised by who are angry over some kind of policy coming from the federal government — and the calls seem to become more frequent when . State Rep. , R-Fredericksburg, Tuesday to create a referendum election on whether Texans should create a...

Jan 29
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Texas-based anti-vaccine group received federal bailout funds in May as pandemic raged

Texas-based anti-vaccine group received federal bailout funds in May as pandemic raged

Texas-based anti-vaccine organization Informed Consent Action Network was among five anti-vaccine groups that collectively received more than $850,000 in federal loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, the Washington Post reported Monday. The organization received $166,000 in May 2020, according to founder Del Bigtree. "Vaccine hesitancy" or "vaccine skepticism" poses a significant and ongoing challenge for health authorities trying to overcome mistrust within communities of color, by the anti-vaccine crowd and general uncertainty nationwide. Doctors and scientists say the coronavirus...

Jan 18
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick awards committee chair to Texas senator who previously faced sexual harassment allegation | The Daily

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick awards committee chair to Texas senator who previously faced sexual harassment allegation | The Daily

Switch to the of this page.Two years ago, Texas Sen.  a prominent post chairing the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee after an allegation of sexual harassment. Now, he’s been named chair of another Senate panel.Lt. Gov.  announced Friday that he selected Schwertner, a Georgetown Republican, to helm the Senate Committee on Administration for the 2021 legislative session, replacing state Rep. , R-Mineola.Schwertner  after the University of Texas at Austin investigated allegations that he sent lewd messages and a sexually explicit photo to a graduate student.Schwertner, who did not...

Jan 17
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Hungry and homeless Texans are waiting anxiously for Congress to act. The day after Christmas, pandemic jobless aid expires.

Hungry and homeless Texans are waiting anxiously for Congress to act. The day after Christmas, pandemic jobless aid expires.

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.Rockie McMahan has been sleeping in her 2007 Ford Fusion with her pit bull, Lilly. The Amarillo woman lost her job cleaning houses early in the pandemic, and her ex-boyfriend kicked her out less than a week before Christmas after he felt she wasn’t keeping up her fair share financially.“I don’t know where I’m going to sleep tonight or tomorrow night or the night after that,” McMahan said in a phone interview Wednesday from a church parking lot. “I don’t have any money...

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Dec 24
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Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.

Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.

This article is co-published with , a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.If you’re confused about how the Texas Workforce Commission is handling your unemployment claim, you aren’t alone.Nearly 4 million Texans have applied for unemployment benefits since March, and we’ve heard from thousands who have struggled with their unemployment claims ever since. They have endured months of problems with the TWC, been and tried to .Meanwhile, two main programs authorized by the federal CARES Act that significantly expand assistance are set to expire at the end of December. Days...

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Dec 4
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$1.7M for George Strait, six-figure bonuses: Months later, a lawsuit forced Texas to release details on inaugural spending

$1.7M for George Strait, six-figure bonuses: Months later, a lawsuit forced Texas to release details on inaugural spending

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.To celebrate Gov. ’s reelection last year, his inaugural committee paid a whopping $1.7 million to hire country crooner George Strait and his band. A coterie of got more than $1 million, some of it paid out in six-figure bonuses. And a handful of lucky charities received $800,000 in unspent money.Left out of that tally: the $116,000 taxpayers spent to keep all those inaugural expenditures secret.Abbott and the 2019 Texas Inaugural Committee spent months fighting the disclosure of documents detailing how...

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