What we know about the 17,160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

Texas passes 500K cases; governor warns against gatherings

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

3 state employees killed in West Texas helicopter crash

  Tracking the numbers: COVID-19 cases in Texoma

Governor urges flu shots as Texas reports 300 new deaths

Texas GOP lawmakers sue governor over virus tracing contract

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Texas sales tax holiday weekend starts Friday

Governor Abbott provides update on PPE distribution to Texas schools

  Gov. Abbott announces SNAP benefit extension

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

Federal judge: Oklahoma tribal gaming accords renewed Jan. 1

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

  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.

Virus deaths hit new high in Texas as governor urges masks

Texas reports record number of virus cases, hospitalizations

More than 10,000 virus patients remain in Texas hospitals

The Latest: Texas governor warns ‘things will get worse’

Gov. Abbott extends statewide Disaster Declaration

El Paso murder suspect arrested in Lawton

Texas resumes executions after 5-month delay due to pandemic

A Texas inmate received lethal injection Wednesday evening for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago, ending a five-month delay of executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Gov. Abbott talks rising COVID-19 cases in Texas, TEA guidelines, face masks

“If people will follow the face mask rule, we will not have to shut down."

Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new virus cases in single day

Texas surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day Tuesday for the first time.

TEA issues new guidelines for on-campus instruction

The Texas Education Agency has issued their guidelines for students to safely return to on-campus instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

State Fair of Texas canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The State Fair of Texas has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

  Gov. Abbott issues face coverings executive order

The announcement came on Thursday.

Gov. Abbott, HHSC secure $2.67B in funding for Texas hospitals

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding has been approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid.

Gov. Abbott announces extension of SNAP benefits due to COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $182 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of July as the state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Austin City Limits music festival canceled as virus surges

Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of major music festivals to be canceled because of the coronavirus.

Family: Human remains found in Texas are missing soldier

Investigators in Central Texas have found partial human remains in the search for a soldier who has been missing since April, according to the U.S. Army.

Group of Texas bar owners sues to reopen amid pandemic

A group of Texas bar owners filed lawsuits Monday seeking to overturn Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that closed their businesses to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in Texas.

Texas, Florida target bars amid surge in confirmed virus cases

Texas shut down bars again on Friday and scaled back restaurant dining as coronavirus cases surge. Florida banned on-premises alcohol consumption at bars.

Governor Abbott announces temporary pause of additional reopening phases

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Police: Texas officer fatally shoots woman who stabbed him

A North Texas police officer shot and killed a woman Thursday morning after she stabbed him and another driver after a car crash.

Gov. Greg Abbott bans elective surgeries in four of Texas’ biggest counties to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients

For a second time since the start of the pandemic, Abbott bans elective surgeries to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients. But this time the hold on the nonessential procedures is only in effect for Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties.

  Gov. Abbott talks COVID-19 spikes in Texas, TEA school guidelines, reopening the state

News Channel 6 interviewed Gov. Greb Abbott Wednesday during our Noon newscast.

Central Texas police shoot, kill quadruple stabbing suspect

Police fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing four people in a Central Texas city early Monday, authorities said.

Governor urges masks but no new steps as cases rise in Texas

Abbott did not announce any new measures to reverse what he called “unacceptable” trends on the heels of Texas hitting a 10th consecutive day of record COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Multiple Texas cities and counties adopting mask orders

Gov. Greg Abbott, who has refused to order a face covering mandate for individuals, said this week that local governments can instead order businesses to require them.

MLB’s Texas Rangers face pressure to change name amid scrutiny over symbols, historical figures

A Chicago Tribune columnist argued Thursday, Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers should change their team name because of its ties to brutality and racism.

Texas students will return to school campuses this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott tells lawmakers

Abbott notified lawmakers of the plan during a conference call Thursday.

Texas set to resume executions after delay due to pandemic

A Texas inmate condemned for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old woman more than two decades ago was scheduled to die by injection Tuesday.

  Gov. Abbott talks COVID-19, education, equality and policing practices

News Channel 6 interviewed Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday.

  Amarillo COVID-19 report for June 9 shows 6 new cases, bringing total to 3,506

The City of Amarillo released the daily report of cases in Potter and Randall counties.

  Ronny Jackson and Josh Winegarner face off in WF debate

It was between republican candidates Josh Winegarner and Ronny Jackson.

Gov. Abbott announces third phase of plan to reopen Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.

  13th Congressional District Republican candidates to debate Thursday

You can hear from two candidates in an election debate on Thursday.

Texans could receive up to a year of unemployment benefits under second extension of aid

The state triggered an extended benefits period, adding an additional 13 weeks of unemployment staring in July. It is the second benefits extension this year.

  Man with assault rifle at Lubbock protest charged, 'planned to off racists and MAGA people’

A man who brandished an assault rifle at a protest in Lubbock on Saturday has been charged with making interstate threats, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Dallas begins making arrests as Texas cities enforce curfews

Dallas police enforced a nighttime curfew by making dozens of arrests Sunday night, in a crackdown after several days of demonstrations that saw multiple eruptions of violence.

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott talks COVID-19 case surges, asymptomatic testing, reopening schools in the fall

Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined News Channel 6 at Noon on Thursday to talk about COVID-19 efforts in Texas.

Gov. Abbott announces $3.6 million in funding for nursing facilities for communication devices

Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Wednesday announced $3.6 million in funding for nursing facilities.

Governor Abbott says Amarillo can now move forward in reopening with the rest of Texas

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott said Amarillo will now be able to move forward in Phase II of reopening Texas with the rest of the state.

  Amarillo COVID-19 report for May 27 shows 2,921 confirmed cases, 712 recoveries, 33 deaths

There are now 2,921 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Amarillo area.

Gov. Abbott to speak in Amarillo about COVID-19 surge response efforts

Governor Greg Abbott will be speaking in Amarillo Wednesday to provide an update on COVID-19 surge response efforts.

Trump-appointed US attorney in Texas abruptly resigns

A U.S. attorney in Texas who was appointed by President Donald Trump announced his resignation Tuesday, providing no explanation for his unusually abrupt departure.

Gov. Abbott allows water parks, food courts, Driver’s Ed to reopen under Phase II plan

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he’s expanding his executive order to allow for the reopening of more services and activities.

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for coronavirus

A Texas Supreme Court justice said Thursday that she and her husband have tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a drive-through testing center with symptoms including body aches and fevers.

  Gov. Greg Abbott talks mail-in voting, classroom safety, state hospital testing, water parks

News Channel 6 will be interviewing Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Gov. Abbott Directs HHSC To Expand COVID-19 Testing To All State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers

Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to expand COVID-19 testing to all patients, residents, and staff at the 23 state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals and living centers throughout Texas.

Driver License Offices to Reopen by Appointment Only with Limited Services, Additional Safety Measures Enacted

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin a phased opening of driver license offices starting May 26th with limited service offerings.

Gov. Abbott terminates COVID-19 air travel restrictions

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday terminated all air travel restrictions contained in Executive Order GA-20 related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal judge orders expansion of mail-in voting in Texas

A federal judge Tuesday ordered Texas to allow any of the state’s 16 million voters to cast a ballot by mail over fears of the coronavirus.

Texas salon owner travels to Michigan to back defiant barber

“Stop being a tyrant. Open up. You don’t get this control. We control you. We have the power.”

  Gov. Abbott reopens childcare services in Texas, bars to open Friday

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to make an announcement Monday about more openings across the state of Texas.

  Latest Amarillo COVID-19 report shows 58 new cases, bringing total to 2,731, Moore County reports 8 new cases

The City of Amarillo released the daily report of cases in Potter and Randall counties.

  Amarillo COVID-19 report for May 15 shows 734 new cases, bringing total to over 2,600

The City of Amarillo released the daily report of cases in Potter and Randall counties.

Tesla picks Austin, Tulsa as finalists for new US factory

Tesla has picked Austin, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as finalists for its new U.S. assembly plant, a person briefed on the matter said Friday.

Coronavirus in Texas: State reports largest daily increases in cases and deaths

Texas reported 1,448 more cases of the new coronavirus Thursday, an increase of about 3% over the previous day, bringing the total number of known cases to 43,851.

Eviction proceedings and debt collections can resume this month, Texas Supreme Court orders

The state's highest civil court initially paused eviction proceedings and debt collections during the coronavirus pandemic. Those moratoriums are being lifted after more than 1.9 million Texans filed for unemployment.

Texas meatpacking plant reverses course, will allow state to test workers

With its workforce at the center of a growing coronavirus outbreak in the Texas Panhandle, the massive JBS Beef meatpacking plant north of Amarillo said Wednesday afternoon that it would work with state health officials to begin testing its roughly 3,000 employees. This story from the Texas Tribune.

  Tattoo shops push for reopening

Wichita Falls tattoo shops are hoping to hear good news about possible reopenings from Texas state government.

  TxDOT receives $75 million grant to improve rural transit

The grant was awarded to help transit providers continue to operate throughout the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Dallas County Judge says he followed Gov. Abbott’s guidelines when issuing public health orders, AG Paxton calls them “unlawful”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released his response to the Attorney General’s letter, saying the public health guidelines were based on Governor Abbott’s recommendations; “never imagining he did not want his own guidelines followed,” he said.

Governor Abbott addresses testing in meatpacking plants, nursing homes

Governor Greg Abbott talked about three hot spots contributing to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas which are meatpacking plants, nursing homes, and correctional facilities.

Governor Abbott extends COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19.

AG Paxton warns Texas’ largest counties about unlawful COVID-19 orders

Letters were sent to Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties and to the mayors of San Antonio and Austin.

State to provide over $1 billion in pandemic food benefits to Texas families

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in food benefits through the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to families with chi