2:14 PM Jul 7, 2020 CDT

Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.


State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.


University of Texas custodial services staff member dies from COVID-19

This is the university's first death related to COVID-19, according to a message from interim President Jay Hartzell.



Fire station temporarily relocating to Headwaters at the Comal facility

The staff and equipment from Fire Station No. 3 will be temporarily relocated to NBU's Headwaters at the Comal facility in July.



Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.


Westside Community Center closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Westside Community Center will reopen on July 13 after being cleaned and sanitized.



Texas agriculture commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.


Comal, Guadalupe counties report three deaths over three days

To date, nine Comal County residents and two Guadalupe County residents have died due to the coronavirus


'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.


Walmart to bring drive-in movies to 160 stores nationwide in August, launch virtual summer camp

Families can also enjoy a virtual summer camp experience Walmart is launching July 8 with sessions led by celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris and LeBron James.



Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.


Gov. Greg Abbott: Texans must wear masks in public starting July 3

"COVID-19 is not going away," Gov. Abbott said. "In fact, it is getting worse."


Comal ISD Superintendent elected Chair of Texas State Safety Center Board

The TxSSC is a research center at Texas State University which works to develop school safety initiatives and mandates under the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan.


New Braunfels facilities to close for Fourth of July holiday

Most city facilities, as well as all riverfront parks and city-owned properties, will be closed or have adjusted hours during the July Fourth holiday weekend.



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.