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Survivors Reunite For First Time Since Walmart Mass Shooting

Aug 2, 2020
Survivors Adria Gonzalez (far left) and her mother Agueda Ponce Torres (middle) and Eddie Castro reunite at Memorial Park nearly a year after the Walmart mass shooting.
Angela Kocherga | KTEP News

This article was originally published July 29, 2020, by KTEP News.

EL PASO — It’s been nearly a year since the August 3rd mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the deadliest attack targeting Latinos in modern U.S. history.  Alongside the horror of what happened that day, there were moments of heroism -- Shoppers risking their livesto help others escape from the gunman. 

 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, plans to attend the Republican Party's national 2020 convention in place of Gov. Greg Abbott, right, who will remain in Texas to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott will skip the Republican National Convention later this month in North Carolina as he continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in Texas, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will instead chair the state's delegation to the scaled-down gathering.

El Pasoans Remain Politically Divided 1 Year After Mass Shooting

Jul 31, 2020
The makeshift memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3, 2019, shooting outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Stella Chávez | KERA

Monday will mark one year since a mass shooter targeting Latinos attacked an El Paso Walmart. Twenty-three people died.


The incident command center for the doctors hospital at renaissance in Edinburg. Hospital administrators coordinate logistics and track important data from the Edinburg Conference Center.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

Though the census deadline has been extended to the end of October, certain areas in Texas remain undercounted — even compared to the national average.

The response rate for the 2020 census in the Rio Grande Valley is under 50% — compared to 62% nationally — and the area continues to struggle with an overwhelmed hospital system as COVID-19 cases surge in the area.


A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin aircrew conducts an overflight of areas impacted by Hurricane Hanna near Corpus Christi, Texas, July 26, 2020.
Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Hurricane Hanna arrived in the midst of several COVID-19 outbreaks in South Texas, including in Nueces, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, which have all become hot spots for the disease in recent weeks.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk at the Texas State Capitol.
Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Texas is losing in the fight against COVID-19.  The refusal of Republican state leaders to mandate face masks and put in place a serious lockdown has given the coronavirus a clear path to burn through the state’s population.  COVID-19 is infecting communities, filling up hospitals and leaving so many dead that many bodies are being stored in refrigerated trucks.  


 The entrance to the 2016 Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas. The 2020 in-person party convention in Houston was canceled due to the coronavirus, spurring legal battles.
Bob Daemmrich | The Texas Tribune

A Houston federal judge ruled Friday that the Republican Party of Texas may proceed with its in-person convention, a striking last-minute development as party officials have struggled to get a virtual gathering underway. But soon after the ruling, party Chair James Dickey said the party will continue with its plans for a virtual convention, saying it would provide the best opportunity for delegates to participate.

Water Safety Another Pandemic Casualty In Texas

Jul 15, 2020

From Texas Standard:

Drowning can happen at any time, even during a pandemic.

But with more swimming pools closed to the public this year, there’s still a lot of interest from parents wanting to keep their younger children safe around water, by enrolling them in swimming lessons. The problem is, those lessons are hard to come by in a pandemic.

MJ Hegar participates in a debate in February with other candidates running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
GABRIEL C. PÉREZ | KUT

MJ Hegar closely defeated State Sen. Royce West in the race to become the Democratic nominee against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

Mike Siegel will go on to face Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in November.
SiegelForTexas.org

Civil rights attorney and 2018 candidate Mike Siegel has won the Democratic runoff for Texas' 10th Congressional District, earning him a rematch with Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul.

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