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Nearly every ICU bed in Central Texas filled amid COVID-19 surge, officials warn

In Central Texas, an 11-county region home to more than 2 million people, nearly every ICU bed has been filled amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Health officials in Austin on Friday warned …

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CDC wants more vaccinated people and schoolchildren to mask up — but Texas keeps it voluntary

Citing new evidence that the delta variant of the coronavirus could be spread through rare “breakthrough” infections in vaccinated people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control …

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From Rouse to Texas, Jared Southard continues to grow

Texas pitcher Jared Southard has had a lot to root for this postseason. 

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What’s next? TCU, rest of Big 12 now enter dreaded realignment waiting game.

The SEC unanimously voted Thursday to grant membership to Texas and Oklahoma to form the country’s first “superconference.” What's unclear is when UT and OU officially join the league.

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4-day ‘March for Democracy’ and voting rights culminates with Saturday rally at Texas Capitol “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote them out,” Texas music icon Willie Nelson sang on the steps of the Capitol at the climax of the “March for Democracy” rally …
US sues Texas over Abbott’s order restricting transport of migrants The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit Friday afternoon to stop an order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to restrict the transportation of migrants who had previously been detained by the federal …
With school openings near, parents and teachers say state leaders have stripped them of weapons against COVID-19 Lindsey Contreras feels backed in a corner. The first day of school is just a couple of weeks away. The mother of two, whose older child attends school in Allen, has been watching COVID-19 cases …
U.S. attorney general blasts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest border directive and threatens a legal battle The Biden administration has threatened to legally challenge Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that state troopers pull over drivers transporting migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19, calling …
Trump raised $56.8 million in 6 months from online donors  Former President Donald Trump’s political operation raised $56.8 million from online donors in the first half of the year, but he didn’t contribute any to federal candidates he’s …
Senate poised to deliver infrastructure win for Biden agenda The U.S. Senate is heading toward passage this week of a $550 billion infrastructure bill that would provide the biggest infusion of federal spending on public works in decades and mark a major …
‘It just went boom.’ ICUs are being overwhelmed with younger — and sicker — patients Inside a COVID-only intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, all eight beds are filled with patients. Six of the eight patients are younger than 50 years old. None …
North Korea threatens week-old detente over US-led exercises Kim Jong Un’s sister warned that upcoming U.S.-South Korea military drills could jeopardize talks with Seoul, raising doubts about a diplomatic breakthrough less than a week after both sides …
Target giving another $200 bonus to front-line workers Target is once again paying front-line employees a $200 bonus to thank them for their work over the past few months. On Thursday, the Minneapolis-retailer announced the bonus will be awarded to …
Disneyland and other parks are requiring masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status Responding to state and local health officials' recommendations, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks will require guests to wear masks in all indoor settings, regardless of …
GDP roars past pre-pandemic levels. Where does the economy go from here? Even with production glitches, transportation bottlenecks and labor shortages, the U.S. economy grew in the second quarter at one of the fastest rates in decades, lifting the …
Sign-up window for free COBRA coverage for many laid-off workers closes this week After being laid off from her job as a systems analyst for a specialty chemicals company in December, Gabriela de Pompignan opted to hang on to her former employer’s insurance coverage under …
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