Gov. Greg Abbott’s new statewide mask mandate comes with several exemptions, including people voting in the primary runoff elections in less than two weeks.The exemption marks the latest chapter in a debate over voting during the pandemic that has largely focused on Democrats' efforts — unsuccessful so far — to expand mail-in voting. Abbott has resisted calls to do so, instead postponing the runoff from late May to mid-July and lengthening the early voting period.
In light of the decision to go forward with an in-person convention with a new mask requirement, two sponsors announced they would drop out. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was hopeful that the organization would still reconsider.
While new actions to contain the spread of COVID-19 limit on-premise service of alcohol, a new statutory waiver approved by the governor today allows restaurants and certain bars with a Mixed Beverage Permit to sell mixed drinks to go and for delivery. Under the waiver, these businesses may sell drinks containing distilled spirits mixed and sealed by the business itself. Previously, mixed drinks to go were prohibited under the Alcoholic Beverage Code. However, the governor’s action temporarily waives that law.
Department of Public safety special agents have made one arrest in connection with damage to the Texas Capitol and monuments on the grounds during a protest on May 30 and are looking for several others involved in an assault on state troopers.
The Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas has developed specific guidelines bars and restaurants must follow to safely restart their businesses. After two nights of Operation Safe Open, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) “found evidence to suspend the permits of five bars.”
The reward for information leading to an arrest in the 1995 murder of a beloved Texas schoolteacher who was raped and killed in her home was increased Thursday as cold case investigators search for the new leads.
A Lubbock man and woman were arrested at the Hidalgo International Bridge by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Friday after officers found 20 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 77.20 pounds and one package of alleged heroin that weighed 4.71 pounds in the vehicle they were driving.