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Texas food banks say they could be short millions of pounds of food in early 2021

Jan 1, 2021
At a time of unprecedented need, a state program that provides fresh produce to food banks saw its funding cut.
Cars line up outside Houston's NRG Stadium to pick up boxes of food from the Houston Food Bank during the holiday season.
Courtesy of the Houston Food Bank

Sales of Texas homecoming mums slow due to COVID-19

Nov 27, 2020
The iconic accessory is a rite of passage for Texas high schoolers, but a slow start to the school year has hurt business for mum makers.
Maya Gonzalez, 13, the daughter of Shannon Gonzalez, sports her fifth specialized mum. It is decked out with her favorite color and stuffed animal, and her initials, lights and feathers.
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COVID recession puts damper on large construction projects

Nov 17, 2020
The Houston area lost the most construction jobs of any big city over the last year.
A worker directs traffic as construction takes place on a new tower in New York City in March.
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Texas restaurants are just trying make it through this

Oct 29, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of food industry workers still haven't been able to come back to work.
A group of women have lunch at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, June 26, 2020.
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In Texas, some Black-owned barbecue restaurants saw an uptick in business during summer protests

Oct 14, 2020
For some, the surges in business helped weather challenges during the pandemic. But there are many Black-owned businesses that could close because of COVID-19.
Brothers Juan (left) and Brent Reaves stand in front of their store, Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que in Dallas.
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How COVID-19 disrupts the economics of college football in small-town Texas

Sep 25, 2020
People who go to sporting events at Texas A&M University usually spend more than $120 million a year.
Because of COVID, Texas A&M is allowing only 25% of the stadium to be filled for its upcoming home games, but that’s still about 30,000 people.
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For some Texans, a way to avoid surprise medical bills

Sep 23, 2020
A law passed in 2019 requires insurers and medical providers to settle payment disputes among themselves. It covers people with state-regulated plans.
Medical staff wearing full PPE treats a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
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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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