5:35 PM Jul 27, 2020 CDT

Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.

Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”

Hays County reports two COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases

The Hays County Local Health Department reported 42 new cases of the coronavirus July 24, bringing the total to 4,133.

Xian Sushi and Noodle now open on Springtown Way in San Marcos

The restaurant offers homemade noodles that can be customized to any preference.

Q&A: Medical expert discusses what parents, teachers should consider when schools reopen in 2020-21

As the new school year approaches, districts are tasked with protecting students and staff from further COVID-19 spread while parents face tough decisions.

Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.

Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.

Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.

Candidate filing period opens in San Marcos, Buda, Kyle for November elections

The filing period for candidates seeking to run for local leadership positions in the November elections opened in July.

Hays County reports 46 coronavirus cases, 4 additional hospitalizations July 23

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health Department showed 46 new cases of the coronavirus July 23, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,091.

Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.

Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.

8 things parents, teachers should know as Hays CISD readies for 2020-21 school year

HCISD revealed its reopening plan for the upcoming school year at a July 16 meeting, but district officials have said plans are subject to change due to the evolving nature of the pandemic.

Lake Travis resort reopens, Hays County issues burn ban: News from Central Texas

Read the latest Central Texas business and community updates.

$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.

Hays County reports 41 coronavirus cases, 1 death July 22

Hays County Local Health Department reported 41 new cases of the coronavirus and one additional death July 22. The number of confirmed cases is now 4,045.

Tesla will officially build its next gigafactory in Travis County

The electric automaker announced its official choice to build a manufacturing plant in the Del Valle area of Travis County on July 22.

Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.