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This week the price of oil went below zero. Today the price is up into the positive range but still not high enough for most Texas oil producers to make a profit.


GABRIEL C. PÉREZ | KUT

The Texas Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order that limits judges' ability to grant personal bonds to people with a history – or people who are accused of – violent crimes.

lllustration by Kathleen Creedon

This week a Texas judge said he will confirm that voters fearful of contracting COVID-19 should be allowed to use mail-in ballots during elections in July and November.  


Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
GABRIEL C. PÉREZ | KUT

After facing intense criticism for suggesting on Fox News last month that he’d rather perish from the new coronavirus than see instability in the state’s economic system, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said last night that he’s thankful Texas is beginning the process of reopening its economy because the restrictions are currently “crushing small businesses” and the economic market.

A file photo of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and detention center.
Eileen Pace | Texas Public Radio

A Texas advocacy organization will begin bailing people out of Texas jails out of concern for COVID-19.  

Medical equipment in an intensive care unit during a media tour of a medical shelter at NRG Park in Houston last week. The facility was built in less than a week for possible overflow of coronavirus cases in the Houston area.
Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

The weekend's biggest developments:

UT Austin's COVID-19 Modeling Consortium is analyzing data on a rolling basis to chronicle and predict the spread of the coronavirus. The news so far in the Austin-Round Rock area is pretty good. Adherence to social distancing and other guidelines has reduced transmission by over 90%.

But there is no guarantee that it will continue on this path.

Officials Knew Coronavirus Could Spread At The Houston Rodeo And Proceeded With The Event Anyway

Apr 20, 2020
A person wears a mask at the Houston Rodeo on March 9, 2020.
Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media

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Days before the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicked off, area politicians celebrated this great piece of Americana — dubbed the world’s largest livestock show — which was going forward in the age of the coronavirus.

Tricia Schwennesen / Texas Public Radio

Citing the state’s stay-at-home order, the Texas secretary of state is instructing municipalities to delay their May 2 elections.


A woman is pushed in a wheelchair outside the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where health officials said a patient tested positive for COVID-19 in Willowbrook, Illinois.
Joshua Lott | Reuters

The COVID-19 pandemic is particularly alarming for those people with disabilities. Many are in environments like treatment centers and group homes were the virus can easily spread. Also a number of them have underlying medication conditions that can complicate treatment. But more alarming is that some states have issued medical guidance that unlawfully discriminates against people with intellectual disabilities and brain injuries.


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