Texas, Mississippi lift COVID mask mandates

Texas businesses can open at 100% capacity in a week. In Mississippi, mask and distancing recommendations are now in place.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) issued an executive order lifting the state's mask mandate on Tuesday.
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Texas' largest power co-op files for bankruptcy

Mar 1, 2021
Brazos Electric's filing could be an ominous sign as other Texas power providers assess the damage after the extreme weather.
High voltage transmission towers on Feb. 21 in Houston.
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Texas' ag industry faces hundreds of millions in losses after deep freeze

Feb 26, 2021
And those hits ripple through to grocery stores, where there are still some limits on buying things like milk and eggs.
Dairy farmers had to dump 14 million gallons of milk because they couldn’t get it to processing plants. A lot of poultry farmers lost power for days and couldn’t get more fuel for their generators.
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Texas governor pledges to "mandate and fund" winterization of power grid

Feb 25, 2021
While the mandate deals with the power problem, gas and water are not addressed.
The state needs to be prepared to prevent extreme cold from paralyzing the electric power system.
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For Texas small businesses, the storm's yet another trial

Feb 23, 2021
Some pivoted to help their communities. Others have received support from their customers.
The freeze has imposed a major setback on Texas businesses that depend on farming.
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In Texas, first it was no electricity, then no water, now burst pipes

Feb 19, 2021
By the middle of the week, the Austin Fire Department had already responded to some 700 burst pipe complaints.
People all over the state are calling around for plumbers. They’re also calling their insurance companies to figure out what damage is covered.
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Running an online business ... when the power goes out

Feb 18, 2021
Jess Evans, who runs an Austin trivia company, is "so cold and so worried about the business." A strong internet connection is her priority.
A polar vortex storm has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas. Above, a State Highway 195 sign in Killeen.
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Deep freeze has Texas ranchers concerned about food, water for cattle

Feb 18, 2021
The state is limiting natural gas to human resource use, like heating homes.
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Winter storms interrupt COVID vaccine distribution

Feb 17, 2021
In Austin, as well as at distribution hubs in San Antonio and Dallas, vaccine operations have been paused again Wednesday.
Multiple 18-wheelers wait in traffic on I-35 southbound on Feb. 15, 2021, in Austin, Texas.
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