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A Black Lives Matter activist leads a chant as protesters holding a banner block much of the road during the MLK Day march Jan. 15, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

This week the Texas Supreme Court handed down a decision on the contentious issues of voting in person during a pandemic.

Two men look on at protestors in San Antonio on May 30.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

This week federal law enforcement officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas containers at protesters outside the White House. On the White House grounds President Donald Trump adopted a defiant stance while directing state governors to "dominate the streets" and warning if they didn’t he would deploy the United States Military and "solve the problem for them."

The Central Texas Food Bank hosts a food drive at the Toney Burger Activity Center in Austin on April 30, 2020.
Eddie Gaspar | The Texas Tribune

This spring, as a global pandemic promised historic suffering and economic ruin, Texas officials reached for unfamiliar tools. They wove together some protections for the vulnerable, expanding unemployment benefits and child care subsidies, limiting evictions, utility shutoffs and debt collections.

An active shooter at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has been "neutralized" after one security force member was injured Thursday, May 21, 2020. The incident prompted the base and nearby Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to go on lockdown.

UPDATE: FBI officials previously said they were searching for a potential second person of interest involved in the Naval Air Station shooting. On May 26, FBI Houston officials confirmed that is no longer the case.

Video Of Arrest Raises Questions Around How Midland Police Treat Minorities

May 22, 2020
In cell phone footage captured on May 16, 21-year-old Tye Anders repeatedly asks Midland Police Department officers to lower their guns as he lies on the ground with his hands up.
Credit Screenshot from YouTube

A video that recently surfaced online is raising questions about how the City of Midland polices people of color. Cell phone footage from May 16 shows multiple Midland Police Officers pointing their weapons at Tye Anders, a 21-year-old black man.

Drivers sit in traffic on I-45 northbound at North Main Street.
Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media

During the first four weeks of stay-at-home orders, ozone pollution across Texas dropped by an average of 18%, as people stayed at home and drove less, according to a study from the Houston Advanced Research Center in The Woodlands.

The Texas Workforce Commission runs the state's unemployment system
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune

Mary Lou Ketchum, a substitute teacher in San Antonio, has been calling the Texas Workforce Commission for six weeks and still hasn’t been able to talk to a representative.

Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to restart the Texas economy with the relaxation of social distancing guidelines and allowing many businesses to reopen to the public.


Severe weather is expected overnight in the San Antonio area. Storms moving in from the west could bring up to 3 inches of rain to the Austin area over a short period of time, which could cause flash flooding in some spots. That National Weather Service says pockets of up to 5 inches of rain are possible.

Telford prison in New Boston.
Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

Texas is spending $45 million on 300,000 new coronavirus tests to largely be used in the infected state prison system, according to a Texas Department of Emergency Management purchase order.