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Water parks, food courts, driver’s ed may reopen under governor’s phase II plan

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open.

Hearing scheduled Thursday for proposed medical waste processing facility in Amarillo

Influential conservative group endorses Ronny Jackson over Josh Winegarner in runoff for U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry’s seat

The city of Bowie rallies together after tornado

Search for missing 79-year-old Carthage man continues

Former US Rep. Allen West out of hospital after Texas crash

COVID-19 has brought bike craze through Amarillo

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  TxDPS driver licenses offices opening Tuesday with limited services

George P. Bush honoring fallen heroes with virtual Memorial Day ceremony

Former US Rep. Allen West recovering after Texas crash

  Texas woman surprised to deliver baby in bathtub just before Mother’s Day

DPS Reminds Drivers to Put Safety First this Memorial Day

Gov. Abbott issues executive order suspending visitation in county and municipal jails

Matthew McConaughey delivers 110K face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor is out delivering personal protective equipment to rural Texas hospitals.

Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%

Until now, the state’s worst-ever monthly unemployment rate was 9.2% in November 1986, as Texas reeled from the last big oil bust. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a contracting energy industry are expected to slow Texas’ economic recovery.

Texas Tech virtual graduation takes place Saturday

An online commencement ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday for Texas Tech. Patrick Mahomes, current Kansas City Chief’s quarterback and former Red Raider quarterback, will be the commencement speaker.

  FBI says Texas naval base shooting is ‘terrorism-related’

The U.S. Navy said the security team "neutralized" an active shooter at the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday.

Gov. Abbott, DPS announce limited reopening of driver license offices

Gov. Abbott Directs HHSC To Expand COVID-19 Testing To All State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers

Divided Senate confirms Ratcliffe as intelligence chief

State Agencies To Reduce Budgets By Five Percent

Driver License Offices to Reopen by Appointment Only with Limited Services, Additional Safety Measures Enacted

Gov. Abbott issues executive order terminating air travel restrictions related to COVID-19

Film: ‘Roe’ plaintiff says her anti-abortion switch was act

In a documentary being released Friday, Norma McCorvey says she was paid to speak out against abortion.

  Girlfriend of former Texas lieutenant governor accused of assaulting him

The suspect has denied assaulting her boyfriend, and he said in a statement he did not want to press charges.

Texas Supreme Court rules evictions can resume in Texas

Evictions will soon continue in Texas

Astronauts arriving for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade

NASA test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken departed Houston aboard one of the space agency's jet planes.

Governor announces 5 East Texas hospitals receiving remdesivir to treat COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is distributing six cases of the antiviral drug remdesivir to five hospitals across the East Texas region.

Governor Abbott waives late fees for TABC license and permit renewals

Governor Greg Abbott has allowed Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) license and permit renewals to occur after the current 30 day grace period after an expiration date without any late fees.

  The Next Normal: Getting a driver’s license

“It is going to take a lot longer for this part of life to be accomplished. And that is teen driver’s education," said an East Texas driving instructor.

NASA exec resigns days before 1st astronaut launch in years

Douglas Loverro, whose resignation took effect Monday, joined NASA last October. He is a former Defense Department and National Reconnaissance Office manager, specializing in space security matters for three decades.

UIL sets date of return for summer workouts

The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday that they hope to have student-athletes back with coaches for summer workouts and conditioning by June 8.

Lawsuit claims Amarillo Tyson worker died from COVID-19 due to company’s negligence

A lawsuit claims an Amarillo Tyson Foods worker died from COVID-19 due to the company’s negligence.

Honor graduating high school seniors with banners displayed in downtown Amarillo

Center City of Amarillo is recognizing the class of 2020 with a senior banner.

Youth sports making a return under phase 2 of reopening Texas

Youth sports will soon be back in East Texas.

  Restaurant owners react to phase 2 of re-opening Texas

As of Friday, restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity and bars can operate at 25 percent capacity.

  Governor announces personal service businesses, childcare services, bars can re-open

Governor Greg Abbott will make an announcement regarding Texas’ continued safe and strategic opening on Monday, May 18th at 2 p.m. at the State Capitol.

Lubbock spectators celebrate first responders at B-1 flyover

Spectators gathered north of Covenant Medical Center Hospital to watch the flyover Friday. Just before noon, a U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber flew over the hospital to show their support for those working on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus.

Patrick Mahomes delivers address at Texas Tech Virtual Spring Commencement

Patrick Mahomes gave back to the place where it all started to inspire the next class of graduates who have had to deal with unprecedented circumstances in completing their college careers.

Coronavirus in Texas: State reports largest daily increases in cases and deaths

Texas reported 1,448 more cases of the new coronavirus Thursday, an increase of about 3% over the previous day, bringing the total number of known cases to 43,851.

  Eviction proceedings and debt collections can resume this month, Texas Supreme Court orders

The state's highest civil court initially paused eviction proceedings and debt collections during the coronavirus pandemic. Those moratoriums are being lifted after more than 1.9 million Texans filed for unemployment.

Man accused of kidnapping 14-year-old Van Zandt Co. girl in custody of FBI

Early Friday morning, Austen Walker, 21, was booked into the Oldham County Detention Center in Kentucky.

TEA proposing intersessional calendars to help school districts cope with future outbreaks

The Texas Education Agency is proposing a change to intersessional calendars to help school districts cope with possible future outbreaks of COVID-19, but LISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo says the process has a long way to go.

Player claims he received fake letter of intent to play football for Texas Tech

Defensive back Tre’Vante Daniels of Los Medanos College was thrilled to sign his letter of intent to play college football for Texas Tech, but Texas Tech now confirms they never sent one.

Southwest won’t bar passengers who refuse masks, internal memo says

An internal memo by Southwest Airlines tells flight crews not to stop passengers from boarding if they refuse to wear a mask.

Texas families to receive $285 per child in SNAP money

The USDA recently approved the $1 billion program, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), to feed children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yikes! Venomous blue dragons wash up on Texas beaches

Now, we must contend with venomous and otherworldly-looking blue dragons from the Gulf of Mexico.

  U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber to fly over Amarillo Friday morning

In response to COVID-19, the U.S Air Force’s American Resolve Salute is passing through Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa and Abilene tomorrow.

Some Shreveport-Bossier City casinos to reopen Monday

The casinos have some concerns; like they can only operate at 25% percent capacity but have a lot of overhead

Amber Alert issued for missing Van Zandt Co., Texas, teen; second ‘person of interest’ named

Law enforcement have issued a statewide Amber Alert for a missing teenager from Van Zandt County.

Texas police officer, troopers dodge out of control tractor trailer

A Texas police officer and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who were at the scene of a tractor trailer crash Tuesday afternoon barely managed to get out of the way as a second tractor trailer careened off the highway and headed right for them.

Texas meatpacking plant reverses course, will allow state to test workers

With its workforce at the center of a growing coronavirus outbreak in the Texas Panhandle, the massive JBS Beef meatpacking plant north of Amarillo said Wednesday afternoon that it would work with state health officials to begin testing its roughly 3,000 employees. This story from the Texas Tribune.

Tattoo shops push for reopening

Wichita Falls tattoo shops are hoping to hear good news about possible reopenings from Texas state government.

Coronavirus tests are supposed to be free. Some Texans are still being saddled with large bills.

Congress directed most insurance companies to cover test costs for insured patients in March, and has promised to reimburse providers for testing those who are uninsured. But experts say there are gaps in the protection that can leave patients surprised with bills.

TxDOT receives $75 million grant to improve rural transit

The grant was awarded to help transit providers continue to operate throughout the novel coronavirus outbreak.

  Texas SNAP recipients able to buy groceries online at Walmart, Amazon

In a news release, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said families who use SNAP will be able to purchase groceries from Amazon and Walmart for curbside pickup or delivery starting Wednesday, May 13.

Texas prisons to begin widespread coronavirus testing for inmates with self-administered tests

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it will begin having prisoners test themselves with a newly approved test. So far, less than 2% of state prisoners have been tested for the virus. More than 1,700 have been infected, and 30 have died.

Gov. Abbott: COVID-19 Disaster Declaration extended for all Texas counties

The order was issued Tuesday afternoon stating, “the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas.”

Dallas County Judge says he followed Gov. Abbott’s guidelines when issuing public health orders, AG Paxton calls them “unlawful”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released his response to the Attorney General’s letter, saying the public health guidelines were based on Governor Abbott’s recommendations; “never imagining he did not want his own guidelines followed,” he said.

Governor Abbott addresses testing in meatpacking plants, nursing homes

Governor Greg Abbott talked about three hot spots contributing to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas which are meatpacking plants, nursing homes, and correctional facilities.

AG Paxton warns Texas’ largest counties about unlawful COVID-19 orders

Letters were sent to Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties and to the mayors of San Antonio and Austin.

Dairy farmers still having to cut back on milk production

After milk prices fell almost 40 percent last month, dairy farmers are still seeing an impact from Covid-19.

State to provide over $1 billion in pandemic food benefits to Texas families

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in food benefits through the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to families with chi

Texas doubles early voting period for July primary runoff elections

Ahead of the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has doubled the length of the early voting period for the upcoming July primary runoff elections.

Texas approved to provide SNAP benefits to families with children eligible for free, reduced-price meals

A USDA news release said the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program will provide SNAP benefits to families with children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

Police find 6-year-old boy tied up in Dallas shed; grandmother, boyfriend arrested

The 6-year-old told officers the alleged abuse started around the time he “got out of school for this corona thing.”

Governor Abbott directs Texas to test 100 percent of residents, staff in nursing homes

Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to test 100 percent of residents and staff in Texas nursing homes.

  WATCH: One Texas Week 4

Performers from this weekend’s One Texas show are appearing on East Texas Now to preview the upcoming show.

FULL VIDEO: ‘The Gunfighters’ honor Lubbock health care workers

The Gunfighters, a squadron of the 149th Fighter Wing in the Texas Air National Guard’s F-16 fighter jets, will have a flyover at both major Lubbock hospitals from 9:30-10 a.m. Monday.

Missing man found in Waxahachie

Richard Marcum was located in Waxahachie, Texas by a concerned citizen.

Rider Marching Band performs virtual fight song

Take a listen to this impressive performance!

Texas Strike Force making progress with COVID-19 testing at Tyson plant

As of this morning, more than 2,140 employees were tested for COVID-19 at the Tyson plant in Amarillo.

Jetliner hits, kills man on Austin, Texas, airport runway

A man was struck and killed by a commercial jet landing on a runway at an Austin, Texas, airport.

Governor softens order over jailed Texas hair salon owner

Abbott said his new order should free Shelley Luther, who was booked in the Dallas County jail for keeping her salon open in defiance of the restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus.

New TEA guidelines for high school graduation

The Texas Education Agency has laid out the rules school districts must follow to hold graduation this year.

President Trump praises Texas coronavirus efforts as Gov. Abbott visits White House

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was at the White House on Thursday, talking about the state’s effort to contain the coronavirus. President Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force praised the governor’s containment strategy and his plans to reopen the Texas economy.

Green flag: IndyCar to open its delayed season in Texas

IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas.

Body found at Lake Meredith identified as missing Canyon man

The body found at Lake Meredith on May 6 has been identified as Ryan Kennedy, the Canyon man who went missing at the lake in December.

Texas Supreme Court orders release of Dallas salon owner who was jailed for ignoring shutdown order

The order followed Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he was eliminating jail time for Texans who violate stay at home orders.

Texans could soon have to start looking for work to keep unemployment benefits if reopening continues

The Texas Workforce Commission's executive director told lawmakers that it plans to reinstate work-search requirements once stores and restaurants are allowed open to 50% capacity.

Agency finds private border wall violates Rio Grande treaty

The International Boundary and Water Commission found that Fisher Industries' 3-mile (4.8 kilometer) fence of steel posts just 35 feet (10 meters) from the Rio Grande could worsen flooding and called on the company to make changes to the project.