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Gov. Greg Abbott loosens coronavirus restrictions for restaurants and other businesses in most regions of Texas

Restaurants, retail stores and office buildings will now be able to operate at 75% capacity, Abbott said. Three regions — the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Victoria — were excluded from the loosening of restrictions, however.

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"We really dodged a bullet," Beaumont official says, as Hurricane Laura downgraded to Category 2

The storm moved ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana line around midnight Thursday. The National Hurricane Center warned that both states could experience massive devastation from storm surge and wind damage.

Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff

Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that’s expected to come. In some parts of the state, it’s already here.

Nearly 14% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases are recorded in Texas

Texas’ coronavirus cases now make up a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population.

Masks will be mandatory in many Texas schools when they reopen this fall, education agency says

The mask requirement doesn't apply to students younger than 10. The Texas Education Agency guidelines also require schools to post coronavirus prevention plans and encourage hand-washing.

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