2:10 PM Apr 21, 2020 CDT

Texas child care leaders discuss state of industry amid coronavirus

Child care groups have put resources into informing and educating families about things like who essential workers are and how to receive government assistance.


2:41 PM May 14, 2020 CDT

Nonmedical vaccine exemptions for K-12 students increase statewide

The number of K-12 students in Texas receiving nonmedical, or conscientious, exemptions for required vaccinations has increased statewide for at least the 10th straight year.


ROUNDUP: How DFW businesses are faring amid COVID-19

Here are 10 recent updates on the metroplex business and restaurant community, with stories on new businesses opening, old businesses struggling, owners making innovations and more.



Expanded testing, population growth in Frisco and 3 other DFW-area stories

Here are five recent updates from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, on a butcher shop in Keller, expanded COVID-19 testing in Collin County and more.


North Texas Food Bank says new donation will provide 300,000 meals for residents in need

The North Texas Food Bank received a $100,000 donation from online retailer Amazon as the nonprofit continues to provide meals for residents in need.


LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.


Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.



Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.



MAY 21 ROUNDUP: Latest census data from DFW-area cities

Read the latest census data for Dallas-Fort Worth-area cities here.



State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Despite a global pandemic, these 4 Dallas-Fort Worth businesses are positioned to grow

A May 20 webinar hosted by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce highlighted companies that quickly adapted to the changing environment and will likely be in high demand once the crisis is over.


Updated: Appeals court blocks vote-by-mail expansion; Texas Supreme Court hears separate case

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing debate over whether access to mail ballots should be expanded in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.


MAY 19 ROUNDUP: Most popular DFW stories so far this week

Read the most popular Dallas-Fort Worth stories so far this week on Community Impact Newspaper's website.



Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.


Texas enters Phase 2 of reopening as Gov. Abbott announces opening dates for child care centers, bars and sporting events

Child care facilities may open May 18, with bars and sporting venues opening later in May.


MAY 18 IMPACTS ROUNDUP: News on Dallas-Fort Worth businesses

Read the latest business news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


MAY 17 ROUNDUP: DFW business news from the past week

Read popular business news coverage from Community Impact Newspaper's website from the past week.



MAY 16 ROUNDUP: Popular stories from this week's DFW coverage

Here are five recent updates from the metroplex, on the economy reopening in Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake, development in Frisco and more.


Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.


MAY 15 ROUNDUP: Business news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Read the latest coverage of the Dallas-Fort Worth area from Community Impact Newspaper here.



North Texas traffic trends downward as data shows regional air conditions, crash rates improve

North Texas traffic saw significant declines in March as government stay-at-home orders went into effect.


Q&A: 'I'm a Texan and lost my medical coverage with my job. Now what?'

As more than 957,000 Texans have filed unemployment insurance claims with the Texas Workforce Commission in a one-month period, April 1-May 2, many of those Texans have likely also lost their employer-subsidized medical insurance and are now at a loss for what their next steps should be.