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COVID-19: Lubbock reports 503 new cases, 7 additional deaths, hospitalization rate at 27.47% on Monday

The City of Lubbock issues daily reports on COVID-19. Get the latest information here.

FBI is investigating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, AP report says

Daily updates on COVID-19 cases across East Texas public schools

What we know about the 32,115 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

Texas surpasses 20,000 virus deaths, second highest in US

Gov. Abbott releases statement on Election recounts, disputes

Texas Tech University: 79 new cases of COVID-19 on campus, 2,452 total

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Senator-elect files bill to legalize marijuana in the state of Texas

State extends emergency SNAP benefits through November

SC man accused of buying 19-year-old ‘sex slave’ in Texas

State reports average teacher pay raise in the thousands

Governor Abbott surges state resources to Amarillo, Lubbock to support COVID-19 response

  Time is running out to complete the 2020 Census

Woman accused of killing pregnant woman, taking baby from womb, booked into Texas jail

The baby died at a southeastern Oklahoma hospital.

Governor Abbott announces COVID-19 rapid testing pilot program for Texas school systems

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas school systems.

TABC releases map of Texas counties opting in to reopen bars

The TABC has released a map of Texas counties that have opted in to reopen bars.

Texas woman waives extradition in pregnant woman’s slaying

The woman is wanted in Texas for the death of 21-year-old Reagan Simmons-Hancock.

Court reinstates Texas limit on ballot drop-off locations

Amarillo COVID-19 status level changes to level red

Donor threatens to sue embattled Texas AG over dropped case

Cornyn, Hegar clash over virus, court in Texas Senate debate

Judge blocks order limiting Texas ballot drop-off locations

Sentencing date set for Lubbock man who sold AR-15 used in Midland/Odessa massacre

Trump administration extends free meals for kids for entire school year

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.

Texas man charged in $24 Million Paycheck Protection Program Fraud

A federal grand jury indicted Dinesh Sah, 55, on three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

United Supermarkets pharmacies now offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits

United Supermarkets has announced that pharmacies at their locations have begun selling at-home COVID-19 testing kits.

Early voting can start Oct. 13 as scheduled, Texas Supreme Court rules

In July, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered that early voting for the general election in Texas begin nearly a week earlier than usual, a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Texas bars able to reopen at half-capacity

Each County Judge will make the decision as to whether bars and similar businesses can reopen in their county.

East Texas grand jury indicts Netflix for controversial ‘Cuties’ movie

It appears that a Tyler County grand jury has indicted Netflix Inc. in connection with a controversial movie titled “Cuties.” The grand jury indicted the California-based streaming service on a charge of promotion of lewd visual material depicting child.

Manager: Singer-songwriter Mac Davis has passed away, age 78

A statement from the Davis family was posted to social media accounts claiming to represent Davis and his manager, saying “your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time.”

Gov. Abbott issues proclamation enhancing ballot security

Mail ballots delivered by voters eligible to vote by mail must be delivered to a single early voting clerk’s office location, publicly designated by a county’s early voting clerk.

No straight-ticket voting for Texas’ 2020 election, federal appeals court says

A three-judge panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2017 state law ending the popular one-punch option — and admonished a lower court judge for trying to bring the practice back so soon before early voting starts Oct. 13.

Governor Abbott, HHSC announce extension of emergency SNAP benefits for October 2020

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $196 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of October as the state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas governor responds to 'brain-eating’ amoeba found in Lake Jackson water supply

Steps being taken to respond to the situation include a boil water notice, flushing the city’s water supply, testing environmental samples, and providing free cases of water to residents.

Prisoner pleads guilty to threatening to bomb a Texas courthouse

A man who was being held in a Littlefield, Texas prison has pleaded guilty in federal court to sending a bomb threat to a courthouse in Conroe, Texas.

Texas grand jury: No action against man who killed church shooter

The gunman was heading to the front of the sanctuary when Wilson fired a single fatal shot.

Governor announces more than $171 million in Cares Act funding for rental assistance

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the allocation of over $171 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which will primarily be used for targeted rental assistance for Texans at risk of becoming homeless due to eviction.

Pair charged for plot to attack White House, Trump Tower

One suspect was from Texas while the other was from South Carolina.

Texas Department of Public Safety reminding public of waiver effect for drivers license

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding the public that the state of Disaster Declaration in response to COVID-19 remains in effect, and includes the waiver of expiration dates for commercial driver licenses (CDL).

2 killed in small plane crash on highway in Killeen, Texas

Two men died late Thursday morning in a small plane crash along Interstate 14 at the boundary between Killeen and Harker Heights.

Over 1,800 COVID-19 cases reported across Texas schools

The state reported over 1,800 cases of COVID-19 on public school campuses on Wednesday.

Republicans sue Texas governor over expanded early voting

An Abbott spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott opens restaurants, retailers to 75%, visitation allowed in nursing homes

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on Texas' continued response to COVID-19 on Thursday, September 17th at 12:00 PM at the State Capitol.

  Watch: Charges filed in ‘disturbing’ human trafficking case in Texas

Two men who allegedly purchased sex from a 13-year-old trafficking victim have been arrested and charged with child sex trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

  Candidates running for Texas Senate in special election

There are six candidates running to fill Sen. Pat Fallon’s spot in the Texas Senate.

  Tracking the numbers: COVID-19 cases in Texoma

Here are the current COVID-19 numbers for Texoma.

Texas sues over plans to send mail ballot applications

“Harris County’s scheme can lead to voter fraud & compromise election results."

State provides $188 million in additional SNAP food benefits

More than 972,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by September 15.

Missing Odessa girl found at Border Patrol checkpoint

Authorities say they’ve found a missing girl from Odessa.

  WATCH: Families of victims in Odessa mass shooting file suit against Lubbock gun dealer

Family members of two of the deceased victims of last August’s mass shooting in Odessa are filing suit against a gun parts manufacturer and supplier who provided the semi-automatic weapon to the killer, according to the attorneys for the families.

FBI: Texas father sought in daughters’ 2008 deaths arrested

“Even after 12 years of frustration and dead-ends, the pursuit for their killer never ceased."

Texas reports 2,754 new coronavirus cases, 25 new deaths

Numbers are typically lower on Mondays, due to a lag in reporting over the weekends.

  Hotter’N Hell Hundred gearing up for virtual ride

Hotter’N Hell Hundred is coming up soon.

Lubbock man wanted by Lubbock Police and U.S. Marshals

The LPD and the U.S. Marshals Service are asking for the public’s help locating a wanted fugitive.

How to vote by mail in Texas

Election officials expect a record number of people to vote by mail this year.

Abducted Texas sisters found safe in Waco

Two Texas sisters have been found safe in Waco after being abducted in North Texas on Thursday morning.

Texas will apply for federal program to get extra $300 per week for unemployed Texans

More than 10 states — not including Texas — have already been federally approved for additional jobless relief, providing an extra $300 or $400 in unemployment checks. On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott said he was directing the state employment agency to apply for the federal funding.

  9 COVID-19 related deaths confirmed in Knox County

Nine COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed in Knox County.

WATCH: TTU introduces new Lady Raiders Basketball Coach Krista Gerlich

Texas Tech University will re-introduce Krista Gerlich as the new Lady Raiders Head Coach today at 3 p.m.

20 arrested in sex-offender compliance operation, more arrests expected

A four-day sex offender compliance operation with federal, state and local law enforcement led to 20 arrests in Lubbock County. The operation started on Aug. 10 and lasted through Aug. 13.

Firefighters battling large blaze at Dallas-area factory

A large fire believed to be ignited by a falling power line burned Wednesday at a Dallas-area factory that makes trash bags and other plastics, authorities said.

Gov. Abbott proposing tax restrictions on cities that cut police funding

“When crime is on the rise, the last thing we should do is to defund law enforcement. And yet, that is exactly what the city of Austin did."

Texas becomes 4th state to surpass 10,000 virus deaths

Texas surpassed 10,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Monday as the lingering toll of a massive summer outbreak continues.

  New hunting, fishing regulations for 2020-21

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is updating the hunting and fishing regulations for 2020-2021.

Cowboys newcomer Gerald McCoy out for season with leg injury

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is out for the season after tearing the quadriceps tendon in his right leg in the first padded practice of training camp Monday.

Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses Go on Sale August 15

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding hunters and anglers that current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package) will expire at the end of August. New licenses for the 2020-21 season go on sale Aug. 15.

Texas passes 500K cases; governor warns against gatherings

Texas has reported more than 1,400 new deaths over the past week, including 220 on Tuesday.

  Gov. Abbott talks COVID-19 tests, reopening schools, bars

News Channel 6 interviewed Gov. Abbott on Monday.

3 state employees killed in West Texas helicopter crash

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve.

Governor urges flu shots as Texas reports 300 new deaths

Abbott met with doctors and health experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he urged people to seek out flu vaccines that he said would be available early as September.

Texas GOP lawmakers sue governor over virus tracing contract

Five Texas GOP lawmakers sued Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday over a $295 million contact tracing deal.

Texas sales tax holiday weekend starts Friday

"The sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items at a time when many Texans are carefully monitoring their family finances."

Governor Abbott provides update on PPE distribution to Texas schools

“Health and safety remain our top priority as we approach the upcoming school year,” said Governor Abbott.

  Gov. Abbott announces SNAP benefit extension

The HHSC will provide approximately $185 million in emergency food benefits for SNAP as the state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wichita Falls, Lawton ranked among best southern cities to live in post-pandemic

The ranking comes from a list created by Business Insider.

Federal judge: Oklahoma tribal gaming accords renewed Jan. 1

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt to renew them.

Gov. Abbott waives grade promotion requirements for this year’s STAAR testing

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year.

  Governor Abbott extends early voting for November 3 election

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a Proclamation which extends the early voting period for the November 3 election.

Mask mandate appears to be helping in Texas, but experts ask Gov. Greg Abbott not to rule out a shutdown

A plateauing of new virus cases would hardly represent a victory over the pandemic, but it would help keep hospitals from being overrun with sick patients.

Tesla picks Texas site for second US vehicle assembly plant

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has picked the Austin, Texas, area as the site for its largest auto assembly plant employing at least 5,000 workers.

Police: Texas boy, 4, found unresponsive in car dies

Police in Wichita Falls say a 4-year-old boy died after being found unresponsive in a vehicle.