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Grant program applications open, event center backlash and more: Most popular news from DFW this week

Read this week's most popular news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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.



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.


Dallas County hospitalizations up 88% as young adults bear brunt of new coronavirus infections

More than half of new Dallas County cases confirmed since June 1 have been adults under age 40.


Frisco Freedom Fest canceled except for fireworks and more: Business and community news from DFW

Read the latest business and community updates from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Twisted Root Burger Co. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The bankruptcy filings are for restaurants in Arlington, Carrollton and Coppell. The status of the remaining locations, which include those in Richardson, Roanoke and Lewisville, is unclear.



Texas’ coronavirus positivity rate exceeds 'warning flag' level Abbott set as businesses reopened

FROM THE TEXAS TRIBUNE: In early May, Gov. Greg Abbott pointed to the positivity rate—a ratio of positive COVID-19 tests to all tests—and said anything over 10% was cause for alarm. As of June 25, Texas has exceeded that mark for the first time since April.


Gov. Abbott pauses reopening phases due to recent surge of COVID-19 cases

Abbott urged Texans to continue wearing a mask, washing their hands and practicing social distancing.


Governor suspends elective surgeries in 4 counties to ensure hospital availability

The four counties included in the order are Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties.


As Fourth of July approaches and coronavirus numbers spike, local officials, medical experts plead with Texans to be safe

"In Texas as a whole, what we’re seeing right now is we are in the highest-risk phase of the pandemic we’ve ever been in," said Dr. Spencer Fox, the associate director of The University of Texas COVID-19 modeling consortium.



Officials approve gun range in McKinney, PGA plans in Frisco OK'd: Transportation and development news from DFW

Read the latest development and transportation news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area here.


Texas agency to distribute free masks to those tested for coronavirus at state-run locations

Texans who receive a coronavirus tests at a state-run mobile testing site will now be provided four free surgical masks.


Texas teachers union: Teachers need spot at the table when developing plans for next school year

"I'm just reiterating as clearly as I possibly can that this is going to take money, collaboration and following the science if we are going to be able to open schools in-person safely for our kids,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of American Federation of Teachers.


Face coverings: How they work and common misconceptions

An infectious disease expert weighs in on the science behind how face coverings work and tips to keep in mind while wearing them.



Frisco Fire Safety Town to reopen and more: Business, community news from DFW

Read the latest business and community updates from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


TEA: Districts must offer some in-person classes for 2020-21 school year

According to guidelines released by the state education agency June 23, districts will not be allowed to adopt an all-virtual learning model.


Texans Asking for Meaningful Student Assessment urges state officials to request testing waiver in light of COVID-19 closures

Based on the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans Asking for Meaningful Student Assessment, or TAMSA, is calling upon state officials to waive student testing for the 2020-21 school year.




Medical model projects coronavirus hospitalizations in DFW to increase by 20%

This expected rise in hospitalizations would come after a 24% increase that occurred between the second and third weeks of June.


As COVID-19 cases rise, Gov. Abbott says 'closing Texas down again will always be the last option’

The governor said since late May, the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed daily across the state has more than doubled.


Mandatory masks in Dallas County, new grant program and more: Business and community news from DFW

Read the latest Dallas-Fort Worth business and community news from Community Impact Newspaper.


State unemployment changes, go-kart park opens and more: Most popular news from DFW this week

Read the most popular stories from the past week of Community Impact Newspaper coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.