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The five metropolitan areas in the country with the highest rate of new coronavirus cases relative to their population are all in South Texas. nytimes.com/2020/08/13/us/… /via @nytimes
Across Texas, teachers and staff are readying the classrooms, hallways and cafeterias that will become the next front lines in the battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look inside four schools preparing to bring students back: bit.ly/2XYB80g
U.S. Postal Service changes are raising concerns about whether Texans’ mail-in ballots will be delivered on time for the Nov. 3 election. Still, local officials and Democrats stress that voting by mail remains a safe way to cast a ballot. bit.ly/2Y1Qa5o
Officials in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio each spent more than $434 million from their general funds on their respective police departments during the 2020 fiscal year. But some Texas cities are now rethinking how much they spend on police. bit.ly/3fYM5oM
Kamala Harris struggled to gain Texans’ support while running for president. Now as a vice-presidential candidate, state Democrats hope she will energize key members of their electorate without alienating more moderate voters they want to win over. bit.ly/2PUGXaU
NEW from @TexasTribune: 313 new #coronavirus deaths in Texas but the lowest number of hospitalizations since June apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/… #txlege
Texas reported almost 900 new coronavirus deaths in the past three days, bringing the state’s total death tally to 9,602. bit.ly/30Yr5u0
It is unclear how many Texas voters may be affected should delays occur. Texas was among 46 states that received a warning from the United States Postal Service cbsaustin.com/news/local/usp… @TexasTribune
The number of coronavirus tests jumped by over 120,000 on Thursday after plummeting for days. State health officials blamed a system upgrade and coding errors for the data issues. bit.ly/34088ZT
One of every six public school students in Texas does not have access to high-speed internet, and 30% of them don’t have a “dedicated and adequate learning device.” bit.ly/3h3kEvG
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review of the legality of Trump administration immigration policies. Today, a government watchdog found two top White House immigration officials aren’t legally eligible to serve in their positions. bit.ly/2E03L6i
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging for a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two White House immigration officially aren’t legally eligible to serve in their positions. bit.ly/33Zx0RJ
2/2 Vote by mail challenges are not new to Texas. During the July runoff election, we reported that older voters and voters with disabilities experienced the most challenges with voting by mail, while in-person voting was generally smooth. texastribune.org/2020/07/13/tex…
1/ The U.S. Postal Service has warned Texas officials that some ballots cast by mail may not arrive in time to be counted for the November election due to certain state deadlines being incompatible with its delivery standards. texastribune.org/2020/08/14/tex…
RT @s_m_i: And if you're eligible to vote in Texas and not sure if you can vote by mail, @mattlargey has a helpful explainer over @KUT http…
RT @s_m_i: On the topic of legal challenges, read @alexazura on the lawsuit filed by @MiFamiliaVota and the Texas NAACP that alleges the s…
RT @s_m_i: Second, while I could recommend here everything @alexazura has published on the topic, some background on why the Texas Democrat…
RT @s_m_i: Paying more attention to mail-in voting in Texas? A few recommendations: Great story this week by @James_Barragan on the strate…
The crushing isolation of nursing homes during the pandemic is becoming another very real threat. "My mom has Alzheimer’s, she is nonverbal. Everything in her world is sensory, sensory touch, sensory communication. And we can’t touch." bit.ly/2E7kc0s
Dallas officials, who should vote on their budget by Sept. 23, are considering a proposal that doesn’t make large cuts to the police department, but adds $3.2 million for mental health services and safety net resources. bit.ly/31RA5Ar
New @TwitterMoments: Guards in an immigrant detention center in El Paso sexually assaulted and harassed inmates in a “pattern and practice” of abuse, according to a complaint filed by a Texas advocacy group. bit.ly/2XXOWZ2
ICE guards ‘systematically’ sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say: bit.ly/3kLf2IB https://t.co/cqcSAQwSdt
RT @cassi_pollock: A USPS letter to @TXsecofstate says certain state deadlines for requesting/casting mail-in ballots "are incongruous with…
12/12 These accusations came to light when one of the women, a 32-year-old Salvadoran, was released because of a medical condition and told an attorney that she feared for the detainees still there. Read more: bit.ly/3axgFoE
11/ Detainees told lawyers that at least one other woman was deported after a guard assaulted her.
10/ Since the complaint was filed Wednesday, two more women, including one who is currently detained in the El Paso facility and one who was previously held there, have come forward with abuse allegations.
9/ The woman said in a telephone interview that she would rather return to Mexico, even though she is in danger there. She said she worried about being targeted in the detention center for speaking up about the abuse.
8/ According to the complaint, several guards “forcibly” kissed and touched the intimate parts of at least one woman. She faces deportation next week — meaning investigators could lose a key witness.
7/ These allegations are the latest instance of sexual abuse complaints lodged against detention centers run by ICE, which imprisons about 50,000 immigrants across the country each year — mostly through contractors at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.
6/ The spokesperson wrote that the agency has “zero tolerance for any form of sexual abuse or assault against individuals in the agency’s custody and takes very seriously all allegations of employee misconduct.”
5/ A spokesperson for ICE wrote in an email that the agency was aware of the accusations and that they would be investigated, including by its Office of Professional Responsibility.
4/ This complaint urges the local district attorney and federal prosecutors to conduct a criminal investigation.
3/ The guards told victims that no one would believe them because footage did not exist and the harassment involved officers as high-ranking as a lieutenant.
2/ The allegations, detailed in a filing first obtained by @ProPublica and @TexasTribune, maintain that guards systematically abused at least 3 people in a facility overseen by @ICEGov — often in areas of the facility not visible to security cameras.
Thread: Guards in an immigrant detention center in El Paso sexually assaulted and harassed detainees in a “pattern and practice” of abuse, according to a complaint filed by a Texas advocacy group. With @propublica: bit.ly/3axgFoE
RT @ragajus: This @SaChampagne story is heartbreaking. "After 70 years of marriage, the coronavirus tore Margie and Werner Stalbaum apart.…
How many fans will be allowed to attend college football games? What will the game day experience look like? How are athletes being protected? Answers here: bit.ly/3kEk5KV
How did Texas cities spend general fund revenues on police compared to other departments and initiatives in their 2020 fiscal year budgets? Here’s a close look: bit.ly/3anxpym
Background on the Austin City Council's vote to cut its police department budget and reinvest money in social services: bit.ly/2PP53DU twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/…
RT @lomikriel: ICE guards in an El Paso detention center sexually assaulted & harassed migrants in 'pattern' of abuse, lawyers say. They 'f…
@rossramsey: Due to the pandemic, Texas education officials are urgently trying to solve a problem that’s been festering for years: the digital divide between the haves and have-nots of the internet age. #txed bit.ly/33YlDcE
NEW from @lomikriel @TexasTribune @propublica: ICE guards ‘systematically’ sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say texastribune.org/2020/08/14/tex… #txlege
NEW with @propublica: Guards in an immigrant detention center in El Paso sexually assaulted and harassed detainees in a “pattern and practice” of abuse, according to a complaint filed by a Texas advocacy group. bit.ly/3axgFoE
Black lawmakers at the #txlege unveiled the George Floyd Act, a sweeping police reform proposal that would ban chokeholds across Texas and require law enforcement officers to intervene or render aid if an officer uses excessive force while on the job. bit.ly/2DS0qqe
Austin officials slashed their police department's budget this week as other Texas cities are rethinking how general fund dollars are spent — and whether spending so much to combat crime addresses the poverty that can cause it.bit.ly/30T2Xcq https://t.co/HUMczlDhsv
The crushing isolation of nursing homes during the pandemic is another very real threat. New @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1294…
8/8 For many families, this is not acceptable. "My mom has Alzheimer’s, she is nonverbal," says Genny Lutzel. "Everything in her world is sensory, sensory touch, sensory communication. And we can’t touch." bit.ly/3iGUWgN
7/ Texas eased restrictions on visitation in long-term care facilities last week. Many families remain unsure if they will be allowed to visit. Facilities have to meet certain criteria to reopen visitation. And even then, physical contact isn’t allowed. bit.ly/3iGUWgN
6/ People with moderate to severe dementia are not always aware of the reasons why their loved ones can’t visit or hug them and might feel abandoned. bit.ly/3iGUWgN
5/ Isolation can lead to mental and physical decline. It causes anxiety and depression to increase. Doctors told us patients in long-term care have shown signs of declining health at a much faster pace than the normal course of aging or dementia. bit.ly/3iGUWgN
4/ COVID-19 has been so devastating in long-term care — with close to 22,000 infections and over 3,100 deaths in Texas since the beginning of the pandemic — that facilities are fearful of allowing any visitors. bit.ly/3iGUWgN
3/ The pandemic has been a constant balancing act between limiting the spread of the virus and the need for life to go on. Residents in long-term care facilities have been deprived of visits from loved ones for almost five months. bit.ly/3iGUWgN
2/ Coronavirus devastated Texas nursing homes. Now, families say the isolation from lockdown is becoming another very real threat. bit.ly/3iGUWgN
1/ After 70 years of marriage, the coronavirus tore Margie and Werner Stalbaum apart. But Margie, who was positive for COVID-19, wasn’t the one who died. It was Werner, of natural causes — and maybe of loneliness. bit.ly/3iGUWgN https://t.co/ZwkBjCb0IF
RT @Eugene_Scott: Texas Democrats see a winning formula — someone who can excite key members of their electorate but who holds positions th…
After 70 years of marriage, the coronavirus tore Margie and Werner Stalbaum apart. But Margie, who was positive for COVID-19, wasn’t the one who died. It was Werner, of natural causes — and maybe of loneliness. bit.ly/2PTYvnj https://t.co/TP8PnyvZQ8
@rossramsey: In a state where an estimated 30% of the state's 5.5 million public school students don't have the right technology for online learning, switching to virtual classrooms is daunting. And expensive. #txed bit.ly/30VEXVZ https://t.co/uzvMpyKRLM
COVID-19 has been so devastating in long-term care facilities — with close to 22,000 infections and over 3,100 deaths in Texas — that some facilities are still fearful of allowing any visitors. But families say the isolation can be dangerous, too. bit.ly/31P74W5
Black lawmakers at the #TxLege unveiled the George Floyd Act, a sweeping police reform proposal that would ban chokeholds across the state and require law enforcement officers to intervene if another officer is using excessive force. | via @TexasTribune kutne.ws/2PNrE3A
RT @PatrickSvitek: New: @JohnCornyn's first general-election TV ad is about school reopenings youtu.be/xjSY90t0zo0 #TXSEN
Of Texas’ 1,215 nursing homes, 56% still had active cases on Thursday. The virus has forced isolation for seniors across the state — bringing a crushing isolation that is a very real threat. bit.ly/31VvzAW
The Big 12 Conference announced yesterday that fall sports will happen as planned, meaning some of Texas’ major football programs are free to play. bit.ly/2XXQJx4
More than 124,000 coronavirus tests were reported in Texas today — a record increase. That surge in testing drove down the share of people receiving positive results to 16%. bit.ly/30SteaE
Texas hasn’t nominated a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976. But state Democrats are hopeful a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ticket can change that. bit.ly/3gTlQS0
After Austin cut its police budget today, Gov. Greg Abbott said the Texas Department of Public Safety will “stand in the gap” and that city officials’ vote “puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department and their families at greater risk.” twitter.com/TexasTribune/s…
Jay Hartzell was unanimously named the sole finalist for president of UT-Austin by the University of Texas System’s Board of Regents earlier this week. Hartzell has been serving as interim president since April. bit.ly/3iETBHf https://t.co/hwtWJkk2aL
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@GovAbbott statement on Austin City Council voting to cut $150M from police budget — says “some cities are more focused…
If Kamala Harris is going to move the needle in Texas, she’ll need to have a bigger impact than she did earlier this year while running for president. Her previous trips to Texas never helped her in the polls. bit.ly/2PN2EJV
Gov. Abbott said state health officials were “investigating” the high proportion of COVID-19 tests coming back positive. The percentage of tests yielding positive results has climbed to alarming highs, up to 25% on average. | via @TexasTribune kutne.ws/2CpVd8p
RT @cassi_pollock: .@Senfronia4Texas & @RoyceWestTX will carry the legislation next session. Both said today they have not yet spoken to…
@TheJusticeDept says Yale illegally discriminates against white and Asian American students in its application process. In 2017, we reported on what it might look like in Texas if the Trump administration targeted affirmative action at all schools. bit.ly/2Y08NXE
Nearly 2 million Texas students don't have access to a computer or the internet at home, according to a @teainfo report. Now state and school officials must find ways to bridge the digital divide among students. texasmonthly.com/news/texas-sch… via @TexasMonthly
Black Texas lawmakers in the Texas Legislature unveiled the George Floyd Act today. The sweeping police reform bill would ban chokeholds statewide, limit use of police force and require officers to intervene if another officer is using excessive force. bit.ly/30U2reh
Public schools are about to be the next front line in Texas when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. We went to four schools to see how they’re preparing. bit.ly/3kI2wth
Texas’ four major college football programs will play this fall. The Big 12 announced yesterday that conference presidents agreed to carry on with fall sports as planned. bit.ly/3ame0Op
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Texas Democrats seeing a winning formula with Kamala Harris. Officials describe her as someone who can excite key members of the party but holds positions that won’t alienate more moderate voters. https://t.co/fJoThMecCT
RT @rebekahallen: The percent of Texans testing positive for COVID is averaging around 25%. Gov. Greg Abbott previously said anything ove…
Gov. Greg Abbott says coronavirus hospitalizations and positive cases must decrease before bars can reopen in Texas. He is slated to speak about the pandemic at 3 p.m. Watch here: bit.ly/2Fmxg2W
Coronavirus testing rates in Texas have plummeted. Officials are trying to figure out what's going on, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday. bit.ly/2PPz7PF
RT @s_m_i: "A week ago, Kamala Harris dipped a toe into the effort to flip Texas. Now she’s a central part of that endeavor." @AlexSamuelsx…
Austin City Council votes to cut police department budget by one-third. New @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1293…
Portland’s mayor and school board said they would discontinue the presence of armed officers from local schools and reallocate the $1 million designated for these officers into the community. bit.ly/3kHKN5d
City councils around the country have been voting to cut police department budgets, including Los Angeles and New York City. bit.ly/3kHKN5d
Today the Austin City Council joined city councils around the country that have voted to cut police department budgets, including Los Angeles and New York City. bit.ly/3kLX5d4
RT @PatrickSvitek: On rising positivity rate, @GovAbbott says at Lubbock presser that it's "something that [DSHS] is investigating, and the…
RT @StacyFernandezB: Public schools are about to become the next front line in a state struggling to control the coronavirus pandemic. Phot…
What it looks like inside Texas schools getting ready to reopen. New @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1293…
RT @StacyFernandezB: Across Texas, schooʪ are ready㏌g to reopen. It’s a fraught experiment to see if students & teachers can return to cam…
About $50 million would come from reallocating dollars to a “Reimagine Safety Fund” that would divert money toward “alternative forms of public safety and community support through the yearlong reimagining process.” Read more: bit.ly/3kHKN5d
Another $80 million in cuts would come from a yearlong process that will redistribute money used for civilian functions like forensics sciences, support services and victims’ services to other departments.
The proposal to cut police funding calls for immediately cutting around $21.5 million from the department. This would include reallocating these funds to areas like violence prevention, food access, and abortion access programs.
RT @mvenk82: BREAKING: The Austin City Council unanimously voted this morning to cut the city's police department budget by one-third over…
The move comes after officers and the city’s top cop faced criticism for the killing of an unarmed Black and Hispanic man, use of force against anti-police brutality protesters and the investigation of a demonstrator’s fatal shooting by another citizen.
Breaking: The Austin City Council unanimously voted to cut its $434 million police department budget by one-third. bit.ly/3kHKN5d
RT @alliejennaphoto: 14/14 One common thing I heard from everyone I spoke to: School will look different this year. bit.ly/3fUdYhN
RT @alliejennaphoto: 10/ Unlike Premont, Judson’s hallways weren’t lined with social distancing signs. It was fairly empty. The library had…
RT @alliejennaphoto: 2/ At Premont ISD, a district in South Texas near Kingsville, superintendent Steve VanMatre was ready. The district we…
RT @alliejennaphoto: 1/ Most Texas schools start virtual learning within the month. Shortly after that, many will be reopening their classr…
🎧 On this week's #TribCast, we discuss what Kamala Harris' candidacy means for Texas Democrats in November and the state of college football during the coronavirus pandemic. Listen: bit.ly/3gVoMOb
RT @wfaa: Texas' low number of tests and large percentage of positive results suggest inadequacies in the state's public health surveillanc…
RT @PrincipalBueno: I can’t thank @alliejennaphoto and @StacyFernandezB enough for highlighting @NISDOtt in this article. Preparing to reop…
The week ending August 8, 51,476 Texans filed initial applications for unemployment relief. This is the lowest number of weekly initial applications filed since mid-March, but still exceeds the week with the most claims filed during the Great Recession. bit.ly/3btDzg0 https://t.co/oRTPz5QA4F
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, the state’s death toll from all causes has soared by thousands above historical averages — a sobering spike that experts say reveals the true toll of the disease. From @houstonchron: bit.ly/33SwbKp
RT @PatrickSvitek: From earlier this week: Denton Mayor Chris Watts files campaign treasurer appointment for #SD30 #txlege https://t.co/ZrP…
NEW from @TexasTribune: 324 more Texans have died from #coronavirus — a new single-day record apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/… #txlege https://t.co/u1VdSkhiYI
 
 
 
 
 
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