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Is 2020 The Year Texas Becomes A Battleground State?

May 11, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters who packed Juarez Plaza at La Villita in downtown San Antonio.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Texas has voted for a Republican in every presidential election since 1980. But that decades-long hold may be eroding, according to some political experts.

Donald Trump won Texas by less than 9% of the vote in 2016. And the margin was even smaller for Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, the year of the last statewide contest.

For weeks Texas has been locked down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The efforts to implement social distancing and slow the spread of the deadly virus forced schools and many businesses to close. This also drove political campaigns to freeze just as Texas was gearing up for one of the toughest general elections in decades. But now that Governor Greg Abbott is allowing more businesses to open their doors, what is happening with political campaigns and their efforts to persuade potential voters.  Are the candidates ready to get back on the stump, shake hands and kiss babies?


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El Partido Demócrata de Texas pidió a un tribunal que ordene a los funcionarios estatales no interferir con una orden judicial previa que habilitó el voto por correo en el estado.

 

Pandemic Leads To Increased Conflicts Between State And Local Governments In Texas

May 6, 2020
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Two weeks ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stood before a podium at TranStar wearing a face mask, to announce she was signing an order requiring people to wear face coverings in public.

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Salones de belleza, barberías, salones de uñas y de bronceado pueden reabrir a partir del viernes, anunció el gobernador Greg Abbott. Gimnasios, fabricantes no esenciales y negocios que trabajan en edificios de oficinas podrán reabrir el 18 de mayo, con ciertas restricciones.

 

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Patricia King, de 72 años, quiere ver una tienda de alimentos en su comunidad antes de morir.

King ha vivido en Del Valle, un área no incorporada en el sudeste del condado de Travis, desde la década de 1980. Aunque ha crecido a lo largo de los años, y el supermercado H-E-B compró un terreno allí en 2016, todavía no ha visto a una tienda de alimentos abrirse camino en esta zona.

Former Blue Bell CEO Charged With Listeria Cover-Up

May 1, 2020
A Blue Bell Ice Cream delivery truck in Industry, Texas. | https://flic.kr/p/eN1pNE
flickr | MikeGC2011

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries pleaded guilty to charges that it shipped products contaminated with listeria in 2015, and the company’s former CEO was charged with seven felony counts for allegedly covering up the incident, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.  

UT Austin students line up to vote at the Flawn Academic Center in 2016.
GABRIEL C. PEREZ | KUT

Citing the threats of the coronavirus, six Texas voters filed suit in federal court Wednesday challenging restrictions that limit age eligibility for voting-by-mail to those 65 and older.

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Las tiendas, restaurantes, cines y centros comerciales de Texas podrán reabrir a partir del viernes siempre y cuando limiten la ocupación a no más del 25%, dijo el lunes el gobernador Greg Abbott.

En una conferencia de prensa el lunes, Abbott dijo que aguardaba a que su orden de quedarse en casa expirara para permitir a los negocios reabrir en fases. 

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