Texas lawmakers will enter the legislative session this week with an estimated $112.5 billion available to allocate for general-purpose spending in the next two-year state budget, a number that’s down slightly from the current budget but is significantly higher than what was estimated this summer when the coronavirus began to devastate the economy.
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The 87th session of the Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with COVID-19 encompassing every aspect of what the lawmakers do, according to new House Speaker Dade Phelan.
More than 877,000 Texans have received a COVID-19 vaccine since they first began arriving in Texas nearly four weeks ago, and that number is expected to increase by at least 50,000 more per day, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.
After a rugged and seemingly endless 2020, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. We are not done yet, but with vaccination programs ongoing and the disease and effective treatments better understood, we should be able to establish a new normal at some point in …
East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was told to hide under his chair as the U.S. Capitol was under attack from protesters who got past Capitol Police.
Contracts totaling $388 million have been awarded to Cambium Assessment and Pearson, a longtime player in testing Texas public school students, to develop and administer STAAR for the next four years.
All Texas senators attending the opening day of the 2021 legislative session will be tested for the coronavirus, and media and public access to the chamber will be limited, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Monday morning.
With less than three weeks until the Texas Legislature meets, uncertainty is lingering as state leaders have yet to flesh out their agendas and lawmakers scramble to figure out how to safely convene during the coronavirus pandemic.
A lot is up in the air as state lawmakers prepare for the 87th Legislature, but for state Rep. Jay Dean, R-Longview, there are three things that are not up for debate: backsliding on funding for public education, defunding police and taking care of retired teachers.
Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage the public to follow suit.
The unemployment rate in Texas rose to 8.1 percent in November, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. That’s an increase from the state’s October rate of 6.9 percent as Texas, whose businesses have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, experienced another surge in infections. But the n…
With only two weeks before the funding expires, Texas’ state government still hasn’t spent about a quarter of the $8 billion it received from the federal coronavirus relief bill.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenging the results of the presidential election.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Tuesday that the waiver on expiration dates for driver licenses (DLs) and identification cards (IDs) ends on April 14, 2021. Customers who need to renew are urged to make an appointment today.
Texas public school students will still take the STAAR test this spring, but the state will not give the schools and districts A-F ratings based on their results this year, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.
People living and working in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes and assisted living centers, will be among the first group of people eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas.
Kilgore ISD is looking to recoup some funds lost in 2019 as the result of a statewide lawsuit which drastically changed how heavy oilfield equipment is taxed in Texas.
Texans still won’t be able to purchase liquor at Walmart, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid by the retail giant that would have allowed the booze to be sold at stores in the state.
Republican State Rep. Jay Dean of Longview is among a bipartisan group of 68 House lawmakers asking the Texas Education Agency to cancel the STAAR exam or at minimum not use student scores to rate schools or districts this year.
Kilgore city council members voted Tuesday to approve a resolution seeking additional time to review a proposed rate increase by local utility and power company SWEPCO (Southwestern Electric Power Company).
The Kilgore Rotary Club welcomed Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian to their weekly meeting Wednesday, as the commissioner attended via Zoom call to talk about issues related to oil and gas in the state.
Kilgore College looks to put a bit of a scare into visitors as it will host the second annual “KilGORE Horror Movie Festival” Oct. 26-31 in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.
Information System Technician 2nd Class Daniel Happle, of Kilgore, is shown aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) on Aug. 17. Halsey is conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (D…
TYLER — Brookshire Grocery Co. has coordinated the collection of food from customers and vendors totaling over $56,000 and donated it to the East Texas Food Bank to help provide for community members in need. The donations were made possible through the “Fill the Big Grocery Cart” event Aug.…
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year. Typically, school systems must take into account a stud…
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation extending the early voting period for the November 3rd Election by nearly a week. Under this proclamation, early voting by personal appearance will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and continue through Friday, October 30, 2020.
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases.
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government did not release 100 immigrant children detained with their parents despite this week’s deadline set by a judge who had described family detention centers as “on fire” due to the threat of the coronavirus.
As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged this spring, college campuses across the United States swiftly sent students home in droves and switched to online distance learning. The quick transition came with hopes and expectations that things would be largely back to normal by the fall. However, such …
ARLINGTON — There is a series of high brick arches along an outfield concourse reminiscent of their old stadium and asymmetrical outfield walls in the new home of the Texas Rangers. Still, Globe Life Field is no retro ballpark.
After months of undercounting coronavirus deaths, Texas’ formal tally of COVID-19 fatalities grew by more than 600 on Monday after state health officials changed their method of reporting.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he has extended the deadline to apply for the Pandemic-EBT Card, which pays $285 for each student who received free and reduced-price meals, to Aug. 21.
AUSTIN — With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.
It will be a miracle if Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar and his team of financial prognosticators are right about the arc of the state’s economy over the next few months.
Texas voters are concerned about the coronavirus and believe it presents a serious crisis, and they are deeply worried about the economy, unemployment and the health care system. But they also think the disease could be contained enough to return daily life to normal within a few months, acc…
AUSTIN — In line with signals from the White House to restart the nation’s economy, Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17 issued executive orders to move the Lone Star State toward normalizing citizens’ activities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Since the beginning of 2020, oil prices have fallen from the upper $50s per barrel to $20 or less. Needless to say, the fallout has dramatically hit major production areas, including those in Texas. A recent agreement between OPEC, Russia, the United States, and other nations is a clear step…
(AUSTIN) — “Today’s market activity was unprecedented and likely indicative of very limited storage capacity. May contracts traded well into negative territory as the market prepares to shift focus to June contracts. While down somewhat, June contracts traded in a relatively stable range. Wh…
(AUSTIN) — As the nation continues to shelter in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is urging Texans to shop online or practice strict social distancing measures for in-store purchases during the sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. The pri…
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast.
The number of Texas families that applied for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program doubled in March compared with the same period last year, as thousands of Texans lost their jobs and incomes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several East Texas schools will receive $23,013,031 in federal grants to respond to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced. The grant funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act, which Sen. Cornyn supported in…
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on April 8 announced a partnership between the Texas Military Department and Prestige Ameritech to increase production of personal protective equipment for health care workers.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.
“Everybody has a plan – until they get punched in the mouth.”
- Mike Tyson, former world heavyweight boxing champion.
Don’t be offended that I quoted Mike Tyson. It’s just that that’s probably my favorite sports-related quote of all time, and I needed a laugh on Friday afternoon as I wrote this.
AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $701.8 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 0.5 percent less than in April 2019.