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A sign in the University of Texas at Austin's Student Services Building shows information on how to prevent the spread of airborne illnesses.

Determined to see students return to college in the fall, some of Texas' biggest universities are requiring face masks as a safeguard against the coronavirus. But enforcing those policies could prove difficult for institutions with tens of thousands of students and sprawling campuses.

On March 29, a young ocelot male was first detected by remote cameras at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The detection of a new young ocelot makes researchers hopeful for the endangered population.
Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

There are about 80 known wild ocelots in the U.S., and they’re all in Texas.

A general view inside an empty classroom at a primary school in Hertford, after the majority of schools in the UK closed while the spread of the COVID-19 continues.

Texas students will be returning to public schools in person this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers Thursday morning.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath has determined it will be safe for students to return to their campuses this fall. School districts will not be required to mandate students wear masks or test them for COVID-19 symptoms, confirmed Frank Ward, a spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency.

The TEA will release additional guidance for school districts next Tuesday.

Protesters join hands as they face police officers in San Antonio on May 30, 2020.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

When protesters across the U.S. started marching through city streets late last month, demanding justice for George Floyd, state and local leaders sounded a familiar alarm. 

The Texas Rangers are a legendary law enforcement agency but the lawmen have a dark side that has been virtually covered up in the telling of Texas history. Is it time to set the record straight?

Voter registration form found on the Secretary of State's website.
David Martin Davies

Texas voters must be registered to vote by Monday, June 15 in order to cast a ballot in the upcoming runoff election.

Angela Kocherga | KTEP

Ron Stallworth was the first Black detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. The former officer infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979, a feat that he memorialized in his best-selling book, Black Klansman.

Stallworth reflected on decades of incidents of police violence against black Americans, including the recent death of George Floyd which has reignited momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Public Viewing For George Floyd In Houston

Jun 8, 2020
Mourners attend George Floyd’s memorial in Houston, on Monday, June 8, 2020.
Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media

Hundreds of mourners lined up outside a Houston church Monday to honor George Floyd, a former Houston resident who was killed by police in Minneapolis two weeks ago.

Retired Air Force pilot MJ Hegar and state Sen. Royce West are the two remaining Democrats vying for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas.

The two remaining Democrats vying for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas called for comprehensive reforms to address police brutality and racial inequality in a debate Saturday that featured little disagreement on the issues and in which both candidates focused their attacks on Republican incumbent John Cornyn.

Courtesy of the United Farm Workers of America

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a stunning blow to the economy. Millions of Americans are finding themselves out of work. Millions of other Americans are being told they are essential workers – even though previously they were seen as low skilled and low paid.