In Texas, local and state officials battle over stay-at-home order

Jul 24, 2020
More than 400 people have died in Hidalgo County. An attempt to renew the local lockdown underscores differences with state policy.
Traffic waits to cross from Mexico into Hidalgo, Texas. The coronavirus has hit the region hard.
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Border towns struggling with virus surge

Jul 17, 2020
In normal times, the border at Laredo, Texas, is very fluid. Now commerce is down and anxieties are up.
A man in Texas waits for a bus to take him across the border to Mexico. Travel and commerce are down in the area.
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Texas bar owners sue state after being forced to close again

Jun 30, 2020
Bar owners say they are being unfairly singled out.
A bartender serves a drink to a customer at a bar in Austin, Texas, in May. Texas Gov. Abbott has singled out bars as the reason for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.
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People still leaving California for Texas despite COVID-19 surge

Jun 26, 2020
The reasons for relocation include the lower cost of living, bigger houses for less money and more conservative politics.
Demonstrators call for the reopening of Texas at the state Capitol in April. Politics is one reason some Californians relocate to Texas.
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Texas governor pauses reopening the state as COVID-19 cases rise

Jun 26, 2020
But Gov. Greg Abbott also said he is not telling businesses to close back up.
Texas consumers and business owners and are having trouble navigating the confusing climate, as COVID-19 continues to spread.
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What happens if you choose not to go back to work in Texas?

May 20, 2020
The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission said they're making some allowances so people who choose not to go back to work keep receiving benefits.
Employment advertisements in a 2014 newspaper in Australia.
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A month after SXSW cancellation, Austin businesses still assessing damage

Apr 22, 2020
One hostel owner is trying to stay positive, but he knows he's in for continued tough times.
Austinites who depend on the annual festival are hurting.
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Last of the mohair and wool spinners — how two Texan mills keep the state's tradition alive

Feb 26, 2020
Once a global leader in wool, there are now just two mills operating in the state.
Seth Warnock monitors a yarn spinner at the Marathon Basin Wool Mill.
Julia Reihs

In this West Texas town, knowing your address can be the difference between life and death

Feb 11, 2020
First responders say finding people who call 911 on a map is harder than it seems.
In 2008, the city of Presidio passed an ordinance requiring residents to post their house numbers. But in rural areas, knowing your own address isn’t always as simple as it seems.
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Amid worker shortage, Houston restaurant industry seeks immigration reform

Feb 11, 2020
According to one estimate, the national workforce will lose more than a million workers aged under 25 in the next eight years.
Cooks at Hugo’s restaurant in Houston, Texas, prepare for the lunch shift.
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