3:52 PM Jul 2, 2020 CDT

Survey: Texans support emphasis on improving economy, safety, pollution to address overall health

“COVID-19 is clearly showing what Texans already know: the state needs to address underlying, non-medical conditions that have a dramatic impact on their health,” Episcopal Health Foundation President and CEO Elena Marks said.


Read the latest on 4th of July celebrations in Central Texas

Area cities have canceled or modified their Independence Day events.


San Antonio Street Bridge to reopen July 15

The San Antonio Street Bridge will open July 15, months ahead of schedule.



BREAKING: 8th COVID-19 death reported in Comal County; face-covering order issued for 14 days

Hospitalizations of Comal County residents increased from 25 to 36 from June 30 to July 1, and the seven-day positivity rate increased to 32.3%.


Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.


Texas Education Agency: 1 in 10 students have disengaged during the pandemic

More than 600,000 Texas public school students didn't complete assignments or respond to outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.


Austin City Limits Music Festival canceled for 2020

The annual festival brought more than 75,000 fans per day across two weekends last year and had a $291 million impact on the local economy.



Students to be required to take STAAR test in 2020-21 school year

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.


H-E-B to require all shoppers to wear masks amid coronavirus

H-E-B officials confirmed via email June 30 that all stores will require shoppers and employees to wear masks beginning July 1.


Work search requirement paused for Texans on unemployment benefits

Texans receiving unemployment benefits will have a little extra time before they have to prove they are actively looking for work to continue receiving state assistance.


More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott's recent shutdown order

The lawsuit was filed in Travis County District Court by Jared Woodfill, a Houston attorney who has led previous legal efforts opposing Abbott’s other shutdown orders during the pandemic.



Mobile COVID-19 testing site to open in Seguin

The mobile testing site will be available by appointment July 1 and 3.


Comal and Guadalupe counties report record week for COVID-19, surge in hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in Comal County increased to 24, and Guadalupe County announced 26 previously unreported hospitalizations.


Preview: New Braunfels ISD to host virtual June board meeting

The board of trustees will discuss the upcoming 2020-21 calendar, the district budget and COVID-19-related purchases.


Gov. Greg Abbott, Vice President Mike Pence urge Texans to wear face coverings

Gov. Greg Abbott urged the state’s residents on June 28 to go back to the basics of washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining safe distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus.



New Braunfels closes river parks and cancels fireworks; council member quarantined

As the local spike in coronavirus cases accelerated, city officials dealt with the pandemic on numerous fronts.



Early voting for July primary runoffs to begin June 29

Early voting for the July 14 elections will last from June 29-July 10.


MAP: Texans may face entry restrictions and mandatory quarantines while traveling in U.S., abroad

Texans face new travel restrictions in several states across the U.S. Read here to see which states and countries require documentation or quarantine for visiting Texans.



Gov. Greg Abbott closes bars, whittles back restaurant capacity as coronavirus cases climb in Texas

New orders from the governor close bars as of 12 p.m. June 26 and direct restaurants to limit dine-in areas to 50% capacity starting June 29.


State reports total of 594 COVID-19 cases in Guadalupe County, largest single-day jump

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 127 new cases of the coronavirus in Guadalupe County on June 25, bringing the county's total to 594 cases.


Texas Tribune: Texas’ Hispanic population grew by 2 million in the past decade, on pace to be largest share of state by 2021

Texas’ Hispanic population has grown by more than 2 million since 2010, according to new population estimates released June 25 by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the state's demographer now predicts that Hispanics will be the state's largest population group by mid-2021.