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Here is the latest Texas news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

Here is the latest Texas news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
Published: Jun. 6, 2020 at 3:43 AM CDT
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DALLAS (AP) — Officials in Dallas and San Antonio on Saturday lifted nighttime curfews that had been put in place after several days of demonstrations that saw multiple eruptions of violence and vandalism. In Dallas, City Manager T.C. Broadnax says the curfew was lifted after consultation with police Chief U. Renee Hall and the City Council. In San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg rescinded the curfew in the downtown business district, which had been put in place on Wednesday. On Saturday afternoon, about 300 people gathered peacefully in front of San Antonio police headquarters and were set to march later in the day.

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say the Houston area has begun to see a seeing a significant increase in cases and hospitalizations related to the coronavirus. The Houston Chronicle reports the upturn began two weeks ago and accelerated this week. Health officials believe people might have let their guard down and come in closer contact with others following the reopening of businesses by the state and last month’s Memorial Day holiday.  Meanwhile, Galveston's mayor says he's stepping down July 15 due to concerns over his health during the pandemic. State health officials Saturday reported 1,940 new cases and 31 new fatalities, bringing total infections to 73,553 and deaths to 1,819.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday, spawning a tornado in Florida and bringing the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Cristobal’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) and is forecast to  close in on the U.S. Gulf Coast by Sunday night. The storm already made its presence felt Saturday evening, spawning a tornado that touched down near downtown Orlando. The twister just missed a group of protesters at Lake Eola at around 7:30 p.m. There appeared to be no injuries, but tree limbs were knocked down, and there were reports of power outages.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska inmate has been captured in Texas after a police pursuit, authorities say. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reports that Brandon Britton was arrested Friday after a 6-mile (9.66 kilometers) pursuit by officers in Franklin County, Texas. He is charged with felony evading arrest and other misdemeanors. Britton left the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln in May. He and another inmate are accused of discarding their electronic monitoring devices. Britton is serving a 10-year sentence in Nebraska for first-degree assault, meth charges, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

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