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Federal report finds more work is needed to prevent power outages during future winter storms

The report lists 28 steps states can take to prepare for the next winter storm.

12:48 PM Aug 23, 2021 CDT

Pfizer vaccine receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. Moving forward, the vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty.

CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.

Gov. Abbott signs executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Citing the Biden administration’s recent vaccine mandates, the governor signed an order on Oct. 11 preventing any entity from mandating a vaccine.

Abbott announces Texas Energy Reliability Council appointees

The appointees include the interim CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, as well as representatives from Samsung, Valero and H-E-B from each of Texas’ largest four metros.

Senate hearings, congressional map released: Read the latest on redistricting in Texas

As proposed Senate redistricting went under scrutiny, the state’s first congressional map, featuring two additional congressional districts, was released.

8 statewide propositions on Texans' November 2021 ballot and what they mean

Brandon Rottinghaus, the University of Houston’s political science chair, breaks down each Texas proposition before voters head to the polls in November.

Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

U.S. Department of Education approves grant funding for school districts facing state punishment for mask mandates

The Project SAFE grant would go to school districts and local education agencies that had funding withheld for enacting mask mandates.

Gov. Greg Abbott to convene third special legislative session Sept. 20, sets agenda

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will convene a third special legislative session Sept. 20 at 10 a.m., according to a Sept. 7 news release.

Inside Senate Bill 15: Gov. Abbott signs state funding for virtual learning into law

The bill would provide ISDs with two years of state funding to enact virtual learning and allows districts to contract with each other to exchange students for virtual learning.

Abortion, alcohol and gun laws passed by 87th Legislature effective Sept. 1

Learn about some of the new laws going into effect this week.

Q&A: Early education expert discusses importance of programs amid COVID-19

Kristi Martin-Smith serves as the director of education and training for Fort Worth-based Children's Lighthouse, a child care and early education company that has more than 60 franchise locations across the U.S.

Texas Supreme Court move temporarily allows schools' mask mandates to stand

The Texas Supreme Court denied a motion for relief filed on behalf of Gov. Greg Abbott, thus allowing a temporary restraining order against his mask mandate ban to stand.

Texas House reaches quorum after some Democrats return from Washington, D.C.

The House will now take up a slew of bills already passed by the Senate.

Texas Education Agency allows mask mandates after federal lawsuit

The Texas Education Agency, facing a federal discrimination lawsuit, will not enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's masking order.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to roll out by September in US

Third doses are recommended for Moderna and Pfizer recipients around eight months after second doses.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

Abbott is "in good health" and so far has not experienced symptoms, his office said.

12 public education bills approved by the 87th Texas Legislature

From curriculum requirements and state testing to athletic programming, several bills passed during this year’s regular legislative session will affect public schools moving forward.

Newly released U.S. Census data shows metropolitan areas drove Texas population growth

The gap between Texas’ Hispanic population and non-Hispanic white alone population is shrinking.

Abbott pens letter asking hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures

In a letter to the Texas Hospital Association on Aug. 9, Gov. Greg Abbott said multiple trauma service areas within Texas have approached the 15% threshold of COVID-19 hospitalizations as a percentage of total hospital capacity. 

Gov. Abbott announces second special session agenda

The special session will be Aug. 7 with 17 items on the agenda ranging from bail reform to employment.