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MJ Hegar and TX Sen. Royce West are in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

On Nov. 3, during the General Election, Texans will cast a vote for U.S. Senator.

Republican incumbent John Cornyn is seeking re-election, but who will challenge him from the Democratic Party? That will be decided with a party run-off election.  

Texas GOP Votes To Hold In-Person Houston Convention Despite COVID-19 Concerns

Jul 3, 2020
Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media

The state Republican Party Thursday night voted to hold an in-person convention in Houston, despite concerns over COVID-19.

West Texas Food Bank staffers plan a food drive in Presidio.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The sun rose over the Chihuahuan desert one June morning, and in Presidio it rose to about 200 cars waiting in line. 

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Despite Texas’ surge of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday evening that he doesn’t need the advice of the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci.

An employee boards up a bar on Sixth Street in Austin after Gov. Greg Abbott closed bars in Texas for the second time in three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s Friday decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Abbott’s emergency order.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The oil and gas industry has become more active in the Permian Basin in recent years, and west Texas residents have complained of noxious smells and increased air pollution. In response, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality launched two air monitoring surveys in December and February, and the results are now public.

A mask at Freeman Coliseum's alternate care facility.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Kerr County residents recently criticized new orders in some cities and counties where businesses must require customers and staff to wear masks.

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San Antonio hospital capacity remains at a dire level.

Though bed and ventilator capacity rose slightly on Sunday, the city's hospitals have been under “high stress” for nearly two weeks, according to the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council. As of Sunday, 27% of the area’s 4,713 staffed beds and 72% of the area’s 603 ventilators were available.


The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an initial bid by state Democrats to expand voting by mail to all Texas voters during the coronavirus pandemic.

A statue of Teddy Roosevelt on horseback in San Antonio's Alamo Plaza.
David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

In downtown San Antonio, in Alamo Plaza, there is a statue of Teddy Roosevelt on horseback. A wayward tourist might be confused by seeing the 26th U.S. president presented at the historic Texas battleground. However, T.R. is here not to fight for Texas independence, but fighting for Cuba’s independence in the Spanish-American war with his band of volunteers, the Rough Riders, which were formed in San Antonio.