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    TYLER, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Governor Gregg Abbott addressed Texans today about proposed legislation to address what he says is the censoring of Texans “based on the viewpoints they express.” They said that SB 12 will help prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans. READ MORE: BREAKING: After Getting Call About Barber Shop Shooting Police Find 3 Wounded At A Dallas Hospital “Conservative speech will not be canceled in the state of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “Senate Bill 12 protects Texans for being wrongfully censored on social media, making sure that their voices are going to be heard and not canceled or silenced.” Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes (R-District 1) joined Abbott at the press conference on Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), the Senator’s social media legislation. “This bill, Senate Bill 12, will give Texans the right to get back online when they’re mistreated in that way,” said Hughes. “That’s...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced on Friday that he plans to sign a bill into law that would prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans’ viewpoints online, adding that censorship is “not going to be tolerated in Texas.” “We see that the First Amendment is under assault by these social media companies, and that is not going to be tolerated in Texas,” said Governor Abbott at a press conference on Friday alongside State Senator Bryan Hughes (R). “There is a dangerous movement spreading across the country trying to try to silence conservative ideas, religious beliefs,” the governor added. “We saw that first arise on college campuses.” In 2019, Governor Abbott signed into law the “Campus Free Speech” law, ensuring that students’ First Amendment rights would be protected on college campuses. “But now,” Abbott continued, “these social media tech companies are using their tools to silence conservative speech on their platforms.” The...
    TYLER, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Governor Gregg Abbott is expected to address Texans today about proposed legislation to address what he says is the censoring of Texans “based on the viewpoints they express.” Senator Bryan Hughes will join Abbott at a press conference on Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), the Senator’s social media legislation. They say that SB 12 will help prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans. The press conference can be seen here when it begins.
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.OM) – Governor Greg Abbott said his decision to fully reopen Texas and end the statewide mask mandate Wednesday, March 10 is backed up by the state’s Covid-19 hospitalization and positivity rates, which are the lowest since mid-October. “All the metrics are moving in the right direction. You cannot wait until you get to the very end until there are no more Covid cases because we’re never going to get to a position where there are no more Covid cases.” READ MORE: Visit Fort Worth Launches Campaign Promoting Businesses That Encourage Mask-Wearing During the live interview on CBS-11 News at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4, the Governor repeated that even though his orders will end, Texans should still wear masks and follow safety protocols. He also cited the rising number of people being vaccinated, and that every senior who wants a vaccine will be able to get one...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses. On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decided to toss a big fat distraction on how Republicans turned that state’s energy market into a scheme that generates billions in instant profit from pure human misery. Abbott was just one of several Republican governors who have decided that, now that there’s reasonable leadership in Washington, there’s no longer any need for them to even pretend to be reasonable back at home. Expect them to wake up any day now and blame President Joe Biden for the hundreds of thousands of deaths that … wait a second. This just in: xThe Biden Administration is recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities. The Biden Admin. must IMMEDIATELY end this callous act that exposes Texans & Americans to COVID.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 3, 2021 According to the CDC, there are...
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision this week to remove the statewide mask mandate he imposed last year concludes one of the most intense intra-party disputes among Texas Republicans since Abbott took office in 2015.
    Gov. Greg Abbott slammed President Biden for describing Texas’s decision to roll back mandatory mask-wearing as “Neanderthal thinking.” “Two things, Brian, first, it obviously is not the type of thing that a president should be saying,” Abbott told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade Thursday on Fox & Friends. “But second, he kind of said it on the worst day he could have. Because the same day he said that, in Texas, the Biden administration was releasing illegal immigrants into our communities who had COVID,” he continued. It was reported this week that 108 migrants in Texas who were released by Border Patrol had tested positive for the virus and were allowed to travel farther into the country. OVER 100 MIGRANTS RELEASED BY BORDER PATROL TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID AND ALLOWED TO TRAVEL FARTHER INTO US “The Biden administration was spreading COVID in south Texas yesterday because of their...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says President Joe Biden is “recklessly releasing” illegal aliens into the state of Texas after they have tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus. A report by NBC News this week confirmed that Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing border crossers into the U.S. interior who then are testing positive for the coronavirus. Even after border crossers test positive, they are not required to quarantine. Abbott, in a statement on Wednesday evening, wrote that the Biden administration “must immediately end” the Catch and Release policy. “The Biden Administration is recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities,” Abbott wrote in a post. “The Biden Admin. must IMMEDIATELY end this callous act that exposes Texans & Americans to COVID.” The Biden Administration is recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities. The Biden Admin. must IMMEDIATELY end...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott's announcement on Tuesday to lift statewide COVID-19 restrictions was met with criticism from doctors and some local officials who say it comes too soon in the fight against the virus.  "What I see here is a premature and misguided discussion putting our community at risk, and it's unnecessary because we're headed where we need to go," said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.   Abbott said in a statement Tuesday that while COVID-19 has not disappeared, state mandates are no longer needed due to vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations and "safe practices that Texans are using." He announced an executive order that lifts the statewide mask mandate and increases the capacity of businesses and facilities to 100%.     He said, however, that removing statewide mandates "does not end personal responsibility or the importance or caring for your family members and caring for your friends and caring for others...
    Celebrities sounded off on social media about Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he plans to fully reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Abbott issued an executive order that rescinds many of the state’s previous orders, allowing all businesses in the state to fully reopen and revoking the statewide mask mandate as of next Wednesday. "I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING," he tweeted Tuesday. "I also ended the statewide mask mandate." Although the governor cautioned in a press conference that the order does not mean that the coronavirus is no longer a concern in the state, he pointed to a number of positive statistics including the reduction in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and the coming vaccinations as sufficient reason to reopen the state and end the mandate.  CELEBRITIES PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TEXAS AMID STORM: 'SEND OUR PRAYERS' However, the viral tweet sparked immense interest...
    (CNN)As coronavirus case across the country are dropping, cases in Texas actually increased by 5% over the last two weeks, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Which makes this a very odd time for Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to do what he did on Tuesday."Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities," Abbott said. "Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%." What Abbott meant by 100% is this: He is dropping the state's mask mandate and allowing all businesses to open at 100% capacity beginning March 10. He justified those moves by noting that 5.7 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been given in the state and that Texans have "mastered the daily habits to avoid getting Covid."Uh, what?Abbott's move seems entirely motivated by politics rather than public health. Doctors and public health...
    Military leaders are prepared to defend Pentagon response to Capitol riot at Senate hearing Senate confirms Rouse as top economic adviser to Biden On Tuesday, Texas governor Greg Abbott ended the state's mask mandate and announced all of Texas was 100 percent open despite the still raging coronavirus pandemic. © Provided by The Big Lead Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was not a fan of the decision and ripped Abbott during press availability Tuesday evening. Popovich is never one to keep an opinion to himself and that was no different when talking about Abbott's move. He called the decision "mystifying" and "ignorant." Here's the full clip: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich...
    TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County cancelled its local order requiring face coverings Tuesday, and Fort Worth’s was set to expire at the end of the day. Both entities had planned to have local orders extend until late May before Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that a state order would end next week. READ MORE: 1 Person Shot At Dallas DoubleTree Hotel On Market Center Boulevard, Suspect At Large Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said he didn’t see any reason to wait. “I think it’s going to be very confusing,” he said. “People are going to hear the masks are lifted, and they’re going to think ‘Well it’s lifted now. Why do I have to continue to wear them for another week?’” READ MORE: What North Texas School Districts Have To Say About Gov. Greg Abbott Fully Reopening Texas Whitley originally put the order into effect last June, ahead of the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Most North Texas area school districts released statements on social media responding to Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Tuesday, March 2, the state was fully reopening soon with no COVID-19 restrictions. Here are the responses: Argyle ISD  Argyle ISD is aware of Governor Abbott’s announcement Tuesday of his decision to rescind the statewide mask mandate beginning March 10. The district is awaiting additional guidance and information from the Texas Education Agency regarding this decision. Argyle ISD will continue to require face coverings for all students, teachers and staff until further guidance is provided. We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. Dallas ISD We will follow CDC guidelines as these discussions continue internally. As of now, we do not anticipate changes before the end of the school year. However, as administration continues discussing we will keep everyone informed of what those developments may be....
    TEXAS Governor Greg Abbott made an announcement during a press conference on March 2 regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Republican governor has faced fierce backlash from the Republican Party over the mask mandate that was imposed in the state some eight months ago. 2Texas Governor Greg Abbott made an announcement on March 2Credit: Alamy Live News Is Texas reopening? Texas has become the largest state yet in the U.S. to reopen. The state will also lift its mask mandate. Abbott announced today during the press conference that “removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility." “It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed,” he said. I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021 Businesses can also reopen at full capacity. The new rules will take effect on March 10. "It is now...
    Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said it was time to fully reopen Texas amid the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference Tuesday in Lubbock. “Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said during the press conference, as noted by The Dallas Morning News. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%.” (RELATED: ‘That’s Not Enough’: Texas Bar Owners Protest Gov. Greg Abbott’s Coronavirus Lockdown Order) BREAKING: Texas is lifting its mask mandate, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Greg Abbott has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, imposed eight months ago. https://t.co/WHPLWzf9jF — The Associated Press (@AP) March 2, 2021 Abbott also told reporters he was ending the statewide mask mandate. “I am ending the statewide mask...
    LUBBOCK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday afternoon that it’s time to open the state and end the mask mandate. “Under no circumstance can someone be punished for not wearing a mask,” he said during a news conference. By next Wednesday, March 2, all businesses of any time can open at 100%.  He made the announcement from Lubbock on the same day Texas reported a new one day record for the number of people receiving vaccines — more than 216,000. “Within a few months, experts say every Texan who wants a vaccine, will be able to get a shot,” said Abbott. He said it’s safe to open Texas 100% because there are vaccines against COVID-19, medicines to treat those who get the virus, and there’s an abundance of COVID tests and PPE. “Today’s announcement ensures Texans can tap into their own self-reliance to seize the opportunities our state has...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he was opening his state and ending a statewide mask mandate effective immediately. “Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent. “I am ending the statewide mask mandate,” he added. Abbott signed an executive order requiring face coverings in July. The move puts Texas in line with a number of southern states that had already eliminated statewide mask mandates, including Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Others on that list include Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The new guidelines in Abbott’s state allow county judges to deploy “mitigation strategies” if hospitalization rates in a given region exceed 15 percent of their capacity for seven consecutive days....
    Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will be reopening Texas "100%" and ending the Lone Star State's mask mandate, effective next week. "This must end," he said during a Tuesday press conference in Lubbock. "It is now time to open Texas 100%. Everybody who wants to work should have that opportunity. Every business that wants to be open should be open." "I am issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I am ending the statewide mask mandate," he said. The governor cited the state's abundance of testing facilities, personal protective gear, and vaccinations as primary drivers behind his decision. Abbott is set to issue an executive order on the new policies taking effect on March 10. GREG ABBOTT RULES OUT...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police are trying to find whoever shot and killed a man found in his vehicle around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 2. Police said officers responded to a shooting call at W/B CF Hawn Freeway just past the Bruton Road exit. READ MORE: Dallas And Tarrant County Waiting For Delivery Of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine They found the victim, David Alexander Perez, 24, inside his vehicle with a gunshot wound. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and rushed him to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. READ MORE: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100% Freeway shooting scene in Dallas (Chopper 11). The investigation is ongoing, and the motive is unknown at this time. The Dallas Police Department is asking for anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Homicide Detective Chad Murphy at 214-283-4934 or by email at chad.murphy@dallascityhall.com Crime Stoppers will pay...
    LUBBOCK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the “statewide announcement” Tuesday afternoon that it’s time to open Texas 100%. He made the announcement from Lubbock on the same day Texas reported a new one day record for the number of people receiving vaccines—more than 216,000. On Monday, March 1, the governor’s office released an advisory that said, “Abbott will address small business and community leaders,” but the advisory wasn’t specific as to what Abbott would say. Thank you Texans for your support. I will have some exciting news for you tomorrow. https://t.co/xX15LUwsoN — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
    LUBBOCK, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott is set to make what his office is calling “Statewide Announcement” to small business and community leaders of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce today at 1:30 p.m. While Abbott has not said specifically what the announcement entails, many suspect there will are possible changes coming soon to the state’s COVID-19 response. There is no indication yet on what changes may be coming. CBSN DFW will carry the announcement here live. Today Texas will report a new one day record for the number of people receiving vaccines—more than 216,000. We are now providing more than 1 million Vaccines a week. This is a big reason why hospitalizations are at the lowest level in four months. Always voluntary.#txlege — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021 Thank you Texans for your support. I will have some exciting news for you tomorrow. https://t.co/xX15LUwsoN — Greg...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott will deliver a televised statewide address at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the recent power outages experienced across Texas and the state’s ongoing recovery response to the winter storm. On Tuesday, five leaders of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), including the board chairman and board vice chairman, resigned effective Wednesday. READ MORE: Dont Get In A 5-Hour Line: Thousands Show Up At Dallas Fair Park For COVID-19 Vaccinations A sixth person who was planning to fill a board seat, has withdrawn as a candidate. READ MORE: Keirun Amie Arrested For Murder Of 18-Year-Old Jasper Green On Dallas North Central Expressway Service Road Last Summer The resignations follow power outages that left millions of Texans in the cold for days during one of coldest winter blasts in decades. MORE NEWS: Active Weather Pattern That Produced Historic Winter Storms Brings Weekend Rain More...
    REPUBLICAN Greg Abbott has been the governor of Texas for over five years. Abbott, 63, has been under fire for his slow response to the humanitarian crisis residents in Texas are currently experiencing, after a once-in-a-lifetime winter storm blasted the state. 6 Greg AbbottCredit: AP:Associated Press Who is Greg Abbott? Abbott graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and later earned a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee. The Republican was later elected Attorney General of Texas and served in that position from 2002 to 2015. He filed 31 lawsuits against President Barack Obama during his AG tenure. "I go into the office in the morning. I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home," he has cracked. 6 Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been under fire for his slow response to the Texas winter crisisCredit: AP:Associated Press He would later become the 48th governor of Texas....
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott is giving an update Sunday on efforts to provide water and other resources as the state reels from deadly frigid storm that caused power outages and lack of access to cleaning drinking water. While much of the power has been restored, many throughout the state are still under boil water advisories. Water distribution sites have been set up across the state. Residents with access to water are being asked to limit usage to essential needs only. Austin Water said early Sunday that 100 million gallons of water are needed to help build water pressure, the water in storage has climbed to 72 million. With bottled water and food in short supply, Abbott signed a waiver on Saturday allowing alcoholic beverage companies to use their trucks to deliver non-alcoholic grocery supplies, including bottled water and other necessities, to grocery stores in Texas, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports. ...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott will receive a briefing and provide an update on the state’s response to winter weather at 3:00 p.m. in Austin. This story will be updated with the new information.
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott is holding a press conference Friday as the state suffers in the aftermath of a winter storm that knocked out power for millions and caused widespread water issues. Millions of Texans were under boil water notices Friday, and in many homes, taps were dry. Finding bottled water was nearly impossible. Some people resorted to boiling snow. Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, opened 11 sites Thursday to help give away water.How to watch Governor Abbott's press conference today What: Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds press conference  Date: Friday, February 19, 2021  Time: 4 p.m. ET; 3 p.m. local time Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  Follow: Live updates on CBSNews.com President Biden said he is making a major disaster declaration for the state that will clear the way for more federal...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had time for Sean Hannity during his state’s energy crisis. But he, evidently, has not had any time for the mayor of his biggest city. Appearing on MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle Friday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) painted a dire picture of how a massive winter storm has impacted his city. As many as 1.4 million of Turner’s constituents were without power at one point this week — although that number is now down to approximately 10,000. Further, Turner has issued a boil water notice for Houston through the weekend, and the mayor says he’s concerned about pipes bursting. Through all this, Turner says that Abbott hasn’t bothered to reach out. “I have not talked to the governor at any time during this crisis,” Turner said. Ruhle was incredulous. “You’re the mayor of Houston,” Ruhle said. “The governor of your state hasn’t reached out to...
    President Joe Biden personally called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday to discuss the severe winter weather crippling power and water infrastructure in the state, according to the White House. “President Biden conveyed his support to the people of Texas in this trying time,” the White House said about the call. “He reiterated that the federal government will continue to work hand-in-hand with state and local authorities in Texas to bring relief and address the critical needs of the families affected.” The White House also posted a photo of Biden speaking with Abbott on Twitter. Tonight, I called Governor Greg Abbott to discuss the ongoing situation in Texas and identify ways we can support the state’s recovery from this storm. I made clear to the Governor that I’ll work relentlessly to get his state what they need. pic.twitter.com/UBwH8DMep2 — President Biden (@POTUS) February 19, 2021 Biden spoke with Abbott after...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said on Thursday that the state has restored power to around 2 million homes, The Washington Post reports. Around 2.7 million households in Texas were without power on Wednesday morning. Texas’s power grid was heavily impacted by the winter storms that have spread out across much of the U.S. this week. The Post notes that 32 deaths have been attributed to the freezing temperatures so far. "As of this afternoon there are no residential power outages due to lack of power generation," Abbott tweeted. "If any residence doesn’t have power it is due to downed power lines or the need for the power company to manually reconnect. If you don’t have power contact your local power provider." As of this afternoon there are no residential power outages due to lack of power generation.If any residence doesn’t have power it is due to downed power...
    (CBSDFW.com)- As Texas across the state continue to recover from the effects of the recent winter storms, Governor Greg Abbott is scheduled to hold a press briefing today at 3:00 p.m. CST to provide an update on the state’s response. The press conference, set to be held at the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin, will cover the response to winter weather and power outages across the state. The press conference will be streamed live on CBSN DFW and CBSDFW.com. Who: Governor Greg Abbott When: Thursday, February 18, 3:00 p.m. CST How To Watch: CBSN DFW, CBSDFW.com As of Thursday morning, Oncor stated that there were still 150,000 customers in North Texas without electricity according to a press release. The remaining outages are a result from damage from Wednesday’s winter storm, previous winter weather and storm damage that could not be identified until equipment was re-energized, and damage to electric...
    Billionaire Bill Gates has said that Texas Governor Greg Abbott was 'actually wrong' to initially blame the state's catastrophic blackouts on wind turbines that froze in a historic winter storm. On Thursday morning, the power cuts in Texas fell below one million for the first time in four days, but many people remained without electricity or safe drinking water. It came after the deep freeze knocked out roughly a third of the state's electricity generating capacity, with poorly winterized wind, natural gas, coal and even nuclear plants forced offline, officials with the state's grid operator said. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Hannity asked the governor: 'I'm not against nuclear energy either. I'm not against wind turbines, but my question is, if they have these rolling blackouts and you got freezing weather, and they're not reliable, and it's use it or lose it, what good...
    Forget the Alamo! Remember the frozen sensors and pumps and pipes in the Texas power grid! Those were the major causes of the last big power outages in the Lone Star State, on Super Bowl Sunday in 2011.READ THIS LIST Impeachment Covid-19 Cheat Sheet Politics Entertainment Media World Half Full U.S. News Scouted Travel Beast Inside Crossword Newsletters About Contact Tips Jobs Advertise Help Privacy Code of Ethics & Standards Diversity Terms & Conditions Copyright & Trademark Sitemap Coupons © 2021 The Daily Beast Company LLC
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott is giving an update Wednesday as anger over the state's power outages in the face of a record winter freeze continued to mount, and as a large swath of the state is under yet another winter storm warning. Millions of residents in the energy capital of the U.S. remain shivering. Historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created a surge in demand for electricity to warm up homes unaccustomed to such extreme lows, buckling the state's power grid and causing widespread blackouts.How to watch Governor Abbott's update on the winter storm What: Texas Governor Greg Abbott updates on state's response to winter storm Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021  Time: 2 p.m. local time; 3 p.m. ET Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  Making matters worse: Expectations that the outages would be a shared sacrifice...
    With historic winter storms and freezing temperatures throughout his state causing widespread blackouts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is under fire for taking time to speak with Sean Hannity, and making false claims about the cause of his state’s power crisis. Abbott appeared on Hannity’s Fox News program Tuesday night and blamed the blackouts on frozen wind turbines in the Lone Star State. “This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Abbott told Hannity. “Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that thrust Texas into a situation where it was lacking power on a statewide basis… As a result, it just shows that fossil fuel is necessary for the state of Texas.” This claim has been debunked by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – During his State of the State speech on February 1 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott named expanding broadband access as one of his emergency items for the 87th Texas legislative session. Many rural communities in Texas don’t have access to reliable broadband Internet, according to a news release from Connect2Educate, a Texas-based partnership led by Internet service providers to expand Internet access throughout the state. This make it difficult rural communities to complete tasks requiring high-speed Internet, including virtual learning and telemedicine. RELATED: With Near Blizzard Conditions Possible In North Texas, ERCOT Expects Record-Breaking Electric Use Connect2Educate works with local governments and ISDs to provide quality Internet services and software support to Texas families regardless of income level, according to a news release. During the pandemic, many schools have transferred to online classes. Children who live at homes without readily accessible broadband Internet access miss important content in their...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday, Feb. 2, the federal government is boosting the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses Texas and other states will receive. He said while the state had previously had a day’s notice about the next week’s allotment, the Biden administration said Tuesday it will now give the states three weeks advanced warning about the number of doses. “One is an across the board ten percent increase. Another is an increase in the number of vaccines that can be coming from the Pfizer vial,” said Gov. Abbot. The Biden administration will also distribute a million vaccines to drug stores nationwide next week, and Texas will get its share. The Governor said he’s expecting two other vaccines very soon. “Then we are to anticipate that increase to continue with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine likely being approved in the next 10 days or so, and...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, Feb. 1, said Texas is on a comeback from a pandemic that’s killed more than 35,000 people statewide, third-most in the U.S., then pivoted America’s biggest red state into a thicket of contentious issues that have roiled the nation during the past year. In his final State of the State address before he is on the ballot for a third term in 2022, Abbott declared calls to “defund the police” an emergency in need of stopping and ordered the GOP majority in the Texas Capitol to prioritize “election integrity” without mentioning there was no evidence of widespread fraud during the 2020 elections. He also demanded more gun protection on the books at a time when the NRA is newly looking to reincorporate in Texas, and more anti-abortion laws in a state that already has some of the most restrictive measures in...
    Texas is preparing to launch several legal battles against Joe Biden for his current and future climate initiatives, which Governor Greg Abbott claims are 'hostile' and 'job killers.' The Republican governor signed an executive order Thursday directing Texas' state agencies to 'use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatened the continued strength and vitality of the emergency industry.' 'Each state agency should work to identify potential litigation, notice-and-comment opportunities, and any other means of preventing federal overreach within the law,' Abbott included in the announcement of his executive order. The order from the Lone Star State's Republican leader came after Biden's climate czar John Kerry said blue collar energy workers were fed lies that environmental protections would come at a cost to their jobs and livelihoods. 'They've been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense,' Kerry said during a...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott wants to protect small businesses and is asking Texas state legislature to review regulations removed during the coronavirus pandemic (including alcohol-to-go). “Businesses that have operated in good faith, shouldn’t have their livelihood threatened by frivolous lawsuits,” said Gov. Abbott during a listening session in San Antonio on Jan. 26. With nine out of ten businesses in Texas considered “small businesses,” Abbott’s intentions to keep doors open was nothing short of a saving grace for many owners and workers in 2020. In fact, Abbott said the construction business in San Antonio saw an increase in productivity last year. He told the construction workers, small business leaders and small business advocates at the session he wants to expand the use of opportunity zones in Texas. Another goal of the governors is to provide rapid COVID testing on all job sites. “That way, owners or managers...
    Texas continues to lead the way in vaccine distribution, administering 100,000 vaccines in a single day “for the first time,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Friday evening while emphasizing that getting vaccinated is “always voluntary” and “never forced.” “Today, Texas administered more than 100,000 vaccines in a single day for the first time. Vaccine volumes are expected to continue to increase. Our providers are not only working faster, they are also covering more regions in the state,” Abbott announced on social media, stressing the decision to get a vaccine is “always voluntary”: Today, Texas administered more than 100,000 vaccines in a single day for the first time. Vaccine volumes are expected to continue to increase. Our providers are not only working faster, they are also covering more regions in the state. Always voluntary, never forced. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 23, 2021 The news follows last week’s announcement from the...
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered the return of the Texas National Guard late Thursday evening after troops were forced to evacuate the Capitol building grounds over an alleged mask complaint from a Democrat congressman. “I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state,” Abbott announced Thursday. The announcement followed pictures and videos showing troops hanging out in a parking garage — something that reportedly occurred after Democrat Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) issued a complaint about a maskless National Guardsman in a cafe in the building. As Breitbart News reported: After Keating commented out loud that masks were required to be worn at all times in a federal building, the National Guard member responded, “I appreciate my freedom,” according to the source. National Guard commanders are now looking for the National Guard member, according to the source. Breitbart News reviewed communications by National...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made clear his support for police during a recent roundtable discussion with law enforcement leaders, saying: "We will never turn our back on our law enforcement officers." The Republican governor detailed his support for police while speaking with nine law enforcement and public safety advocates at the headquarters of the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday. During a news conference after the meeting, Abbott said the Lone Star State "will always be a law-and-order state, and we must lead the way for the rest of the nation when it comes to supporting our police." "The government's number one responsibility is to keep its citizens safe, and we will not allow cities to recklessly defund the police and put innocent lives in danger," he added. TEXAS' ABBOTT RIPS VETTING OF NATIONAL GUARD: 'THIS IS THE MOST OFFENSIVE THING I'VE EVER HEARD' He called defunding police "reckless" and...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott is not happy the Department of Defense and FBI are vetting the more than 1,000 Texas National Guard members sent to Washington, DC to help secure the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Gov. Abbott called the guard members, “disrespected,” and said he may never send them to DC again. Authorities are doing extra vetting out of concern for a possible insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing the inauguration. “This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Gov. Abbott tweeted Monday, Jan. 18. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.” This is the most offensive thing Ive ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will not send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., again if they are “disrespected” with a vetting process similar to the one ahead of the inauguration. “This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard,” Abbott tweeted, linking to an article about the Pentagon vowing to vet National Guard troops for extremist ties before Wednesday’s inauguration proceedings for President-elect Joe Biden. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard,” he continued. “I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.” This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard.No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.https://t.co/STZDMz7PGm— Greg Abbott...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – At a news conference in Houston, Governor Greg abbott announced on Tuesday, Jan. 19 that officials have administered 78% of the COVID-19 vaccines allocated to the State of Texas. The governor said the state has distributed more than 1.7 million of the vaccines. And of those, more than 1.3 million were given to residents; nearly 180,000 of those are second doses. There are currently 78 vaccine hubs statewide, up from 28 last week. The governor once again said that CVS and Walgreens, which are in charge of administering vaccines to patients in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, aren’t moving fast enough and must step up their efforts. He said Texas should receive an additional 843,000+ vaccines this week. Also, officials are trying to distribute and administer the vaccine as equitably as possible among the eligible population, according to Abbott. The state will maintain an on-going supply chain for...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott is not happy the Department of Defense and FBI are vetting the more than 1,000 Texas National Guard sent to Washington, DC to help secure the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Gov. Abbott called the guard members, “disrespected,” and said he may never send them to DC again. Authorities are doing extra vetting out of concern for a possible insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing the inauguration. “This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Gov. Abbott tweeted Monday, Jan. 18. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.” This is the most offensive thing Ive ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told Breitbart News on Saturday that his state is “leading the nation” in vaccine distribution as part of an exclusive interview that came just after Texas became the first state to vaccinate a million residents from the coronavirus. “We’re showing the country how to get this done,” Abbott said on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel. “But the first thing I want to convey to your audience a standard we have in the state of Texas is when it comes to vaccines: they are always voluntary, never forced or required. People have a choice in Texas whether they want to take a vaccine or not. For those who do want to take a vaccine, we have created a very robust system to make sure we are getting this out as quickly as possible. One thing that we did where we led the...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The only thing holding Texas back from vaccinating more people is having enough doses available, according to Governor Greg Abbott, who visited a large vaccination hub in Arlington Monday, Jan 11. The vaccine site at the Arlington Convention Center, able to administer up to 2,000 doses a day, is representative of the new model Texas has adjusted to over the last week. Instead of more locations with fewer doses, 28 locations around the state are setting up to move thousands of people through. Abbot said supply of doses is now the biggest complaint he hears. As of mid-day Monday, the governor reported that 42% of the doses the state had received had been administered. The largest discrepancy was in doses delivered to CVS and Walgreens for use in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Just 15% of those doses have been administered, to just over...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday swore in Republican Drew Springer to the state Senate representing District 30 in a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. Springer was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012. He ran for the Senate seat after several other seats were vacated in a political domino effect after former U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, was named director of national intelligence last year. State Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, successfully ran to replace Ratcliffe in the U.S. House in the Republican-dominated district, and was sworn in Jan. 3. Springer, who was endorsed by Fallon, will succeed him in the Texas Senate after defeating salon owner Shelley Luther in a special election Dec. 19 after neither received 50 percent of the vote in their Sept. 29 election. On Sept. 29, Luther, a Denton County resident who went to jail after...
    A suspect is now in custody in the shooting at a Texas church that left one dead and two injured. Twenty-one-year-old Mytrez Deunte Woolen of Marshall was hiding in the Starrville Methodist Church in Winona, NBC DFW reported, when he opened fire on Sunday. The victim fatally shot was identified as Mark Allen McWilliams, a 62-year-old pastor from Frankston. The day before the shooting, the Lindale Police Department received multiple calls regarding a dark-colored Volkswagen Jetta that reportedly had a firearm visible through the vehicle's sunroof. Police attempted to detain the suspect's car, which was parked at a convenience store. A high-speed chase ensued, and the suspect's tire gave out during the pursuit, leading him to flee on foot and successfully evade capture by police. The next morning, Smith County dispatchers responded to reports of the church shooting. A motive has not been identified, but Sgt. Larry Christian...
    A pastor was killed and two others were injured in a shooting at a church in Winona, Texas. Police responded to a 911 call at Starrville Methodist Church in Winona shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to KLTV. The suspect hid in a bathroom before attacking the pastor and other church members who had arrived in preparation for Sunday services. (RELATED: Gunman Kills 26 People In Mass Shooting At Texas Church) The suspect, a 21-year-old, is not being named by police. He was captured after a high-speed chase on Texas’s Interstate 20, CBS 19 reported. Police believe that the pastor was shot with his own weapon after the suspect took it from him, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said at a press conference. He was arrested in a stolen car and in possession of a gun. Sheriff Smith told reporters that his office is treating the case as capital...
    One person was killed and one wounded after a shooting broke out at a church Sunday morning in Winona, Texas, police said. Sgt. Larry Christian of the Smith County Sheriff's office confirmed a suspect who initially fled the scene at the Starrville Methodist Church was arrested, according to the Associated Press. Christian said no services were occurring at the time of the shooting, and deputies found two people were shot when they were called to the church around 9:20 a.m. local time. Christian said he doesn't believe the incident is a hate crime. “I don’t think it’s going to be any kind of hate motivation or anything," he said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his condolences in a statement. "Our hearts are with the victims and the families of those killed or injured in this terrible tragedy," Abbott said. "I am grateful for the law enforcement officers who apprehended...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, Dec. 22, joined the ranks of governors receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on live television in hopes of assuring the public that the inoculations are safe. Abbott, a Republican, said after getting the vaccine at a hospital in the state capital that federal health officials have urged governors to set an example. Gov. Greg Abbott receives the COVID-19 vaccine (CBS 11) Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also received the first dose this week, while other governors have said they’ll wait. A resurgence of the virus in Texas has put the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients back over 10,000 for only the second time during the pandemic. Nearly 11,000 people were hospitalized in July during a deadly summer outbreak. Abbott has said he won’t impose new lockdown measures as cases climb. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday announced draft legislation to place Austin's police department under state control, several months after the city government reduced the department's funding. Abbott vowed in a tweet that his administration would "pass a law to keep Austin safe" in response to the August cuts that totaled more than $21 million, according to the Austin Statesman, and have the potential to be expanded by millions more in the future. Just in time for Christmas:The Legislative Council has sent draft language for a proposed law that would transfer control of the Austin Police Department to the Texas Department of Public Safety.One way or another we will pass a law to keep Austin safe.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 21, 2020 The legislation will be sent to the Republican state legislature for consideration. Abbott threatened earlier this year to push for legislation that would allow the state to freeze property...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Governor Greg Abbott will receive the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22, the Governor’s Office announced Monday. Elected leaders have been video-recorded and photographed while receiving the vaccine in recent days, in an effort to show the public it is safe and an important thing to do, once the vaccine becomes widely available to the general public. Texas had more than 9,800 hospitalized coronavirus patients as of Sunday, the most since a deadly summer outbreak. The state is approaching the Christmas holiday with fewer than 800 intensive care unit beds and last Thursday smashed a single-day record for new cases with with more than 16,000, which state officials partly attributed to holiday gatherings. Spread of the virus is also getting worse around the Capitol. On Monday, public health officials in Austin said that new cases were up 86% since the beginning of December. Officials recommended that...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/TEXAS TRIBUNE) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott Abbott and the 2019 Texas Inaugural Committee lost a months-long fight to keep details of their record-setting spending secret. The Texas Tribune sued and obtained the documents in an out-of-court settlement. In all, the Committee raised $5.3 million for the celebrations — with the majority of the money coming from private donations. Abbott’s 2019 reelection inaugural was a 2-day event that included balls, candlelight dinners, barbecues and other VIP events. Included in the costs paid by the inaugural committee was $1.7 million to hire country singer George Strait and his band — about equal the amount former Gov. Rick Perry spent on his entire 2011 inauguration. More than $1 million was awarded to a tight cluster of political aides and staff — some receiving six-figure bonuses, $930,000 was spent on payroll and $931,000 on fundraising expenses — including $908,000 in commissions for...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott joined Jewish community leaders on Thursday, Dec. 17 and delivered remarks at the Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony in celebration of Hanukkah. Thursday was the final night of the eight-night holiday. Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony (credit: Governor’s Office) The Governor spoke of the strength of the Jewish people as well as the important lessons learned through Hanukkah. During the ceremony, the Governor also lit the Shamash candle of the menorah. Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony (credit: Governor’s Office) “As we light the Texas menorah tonight, may we all heed the lessons of hope, peace, and perseverance that the festival of lights teaches us,” said Governor Abbott. “This celebration is a testament to the resiliency of the Jewish people and reminds us that even in darkness, we can and should be a light to others. Cecilia and I hope the Jewish community here...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott joined Jewish community leaders on Thursday, Dec. 17 and delivered remarks at the Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony in celebration of Hanukkah. Thursday was the final night of the eight-night holiday. Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony (credit: Governor’s Office) The Governor spoke of the strength of the Jewish people as well as the important lessons learned through Hanukkah. During the ceremony, the Governor also lit the Shamash candle of the menorah. Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony (credit: Governor’s Office) “As we light the Texas menorah tonight, may we all heed the lessons of hope, peace, and perseverance that the festival of lights teaches us,” said Governor Abbott. “This celebration is a testament to the resiliency of the Jewish people and reminds us that even in darkness, we can and should be a light to others. Cecilia and I hope the Jewish community here...
    In his latest move in a political fight against Austin over police funding, Gov. Greg Abbott says he is considering a proposal to put the state in charge of policing a large area in the middle of the city, including downtown, the Texas Capitol and the University of Texas. Abbott floated the idea during a campaign tele-town hall Wednesday while discussing his push to punish cities that "defund the police" during the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. He has for months railed against the Austin City Council's August vote to slash its police department budget by one-third, primarily by shifting some responsibilities out of law enforcement oversight. He has also already proposed measures such as freezing property tax revenues for cities that cut police budgets. "Something else that I'm thinking about doing, and that is because we have people coming from across the world and across the country...
    BURKE, Texas (AP) – A private plane carrying the presumptive incoming Texas House speaker skidded off a runway while trying to land during a rainstorm, but no one was seriously hurt, officials said. The plane was landing Wednesday at Angelina County Airport, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of Houston. State Rep. Dade Phelan told Beaumont TV station KFDM that it was raining and "conditions were difficult" at the time. HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT SALUTES ITS 1ST OFFICER LOST TO COVID-19 "We went through the end of the runway, across a street, and stopped in a pasture," he said. "We all walked away. It was an unfortunate accident. The plane was in bad shape." In this June 13, 2019 file photo, State Rep. Dade Phelan, center, R-Beaumont, talks to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick before Gov. Greg Abbott signs Harvey-related measures at Gallery Furniture in Houston. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP,...
    Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday endorsed state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, in his bid to join the Texas Senate, charging into a heated intraparty battle where Abbott’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has become a central issue. Springer is in a Dec. 19 special election runoff against Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed earlier this year over her refusal to close her business due to coronavirus restrictions. They are competing to replace fellow Republican Pat Fallon, who is vacating the solidly red seat in mostly rural North Texas after winning a congressional campaign. Luther has been an outspoken critic of Abbott's pandemic management, calling him a "tyrant governor" for the business shutdowns he put in place to slow the spread of the virus. In a half-minute video backing Springer, Abbott called Springer a "proven conservative," touted his legislative record and noted he is "the only candidate in...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is being named the nation’s best governor due to his efforts to keep the state’s spending low, according to a study by Laffer Associates and the American Legislative Exchange Council. The study ranked all 50 governors in the U.S. based on a state’s tax and education policies, union regulations, handling of COVID-19 funds, welfare spending, and a state’s overall spending levels. Gov. Abbott is in his second term as Texas governor and received his ranking “due to his commitment to fiscal conservatism and free market policies,” according to the study. Texas was found to have one of the strongest state economies in the U.S. with the “second highest net in-migration of new residents in any state.” With the state’s low spending, the study said Texas was more prepared for the financial impact from COVID-19 than 40 other states. “Gov. Abbott’s insistence on saving state resources for...
    EL PASO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The top elected official for El Paso County, Texas, plans to put in place a new curfew to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, which is overrunning the border area’s hospitals and funeral homes. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego was set to announce the curfew and provide details about its implementation during a news conference Tuesday evening. Samaniego has told reporters Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has approved the curfew. In a letter sent last week to Gov. Abbott, Samaniego wrote the curfew would be limited in nature and would run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Samaniego wrote the curfew would be designed to stem recreational and international traffic after 10 p.m. and would not interfere with people seeking to access essential or nonessential services. The county judge and state officials have been at odds over Samaniego’s efforts to implement rules to slow the virus’...
    SAN ANTONIO – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state health department have announced a plan for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine as the virus continues to spread out of control into the holiday season. The Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel has recommended that the vaccine will be allocated for specific groups like healthcare workers, frontline workers and vulnerable populations, the governor’s office said Monday. The initial distribution of the drug could start as early as December. The office did not say which drug will be distributed, as three vaccines have reported late-stage data for a possible COVID-19 vaccine. AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, and rival drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna reported their vaccines were almost 95% effective. Under the EVAP guidelines, criteria for the vaccine also includes: Texans with health inequalities “due to factors such as demographics, poverty, insurance status and...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ruled out imposing lockdowns in his state amid an increase in coronavirus cases. Abbott said in an interview that there won’t be “any more lockdowns” in Texas, adding that he will focus on "working to heal those who have COVID." "As some communities experience a rise in hospitalizations, the state of Texas is working closely with local officials to quickly provide the resources needed to address these spikes and keep Texans safe," spokeswoman Renae Eze said in a statement. Texas has seen more than 1 million cases of the coronavirus and over 20,000 deaths. Abbott joins Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican South Gov. Kristi Noem in denouncing lockdowns. "Today we are back down to 4,500 [cases] and a 7.3% positivity rate," a spokesperson for DeSantis told CBS12 News this week. "We believe yesterday's high number was due to a...
    SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday will hold a news conference to discuss the distribution of bamlanivimab, the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, in Texas. The governor is expected to speak at 1 p.m. in Lubbock, alongside Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, and University of Texas System Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs John Zerwas. The news conference will be livestreamed in this article, but delays are possible. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration allowed for the emergency use of the drug to help combat the virus that has killed more than 250,000 Americans as of Wednesday. The experimental drug from Eli Lilly is for people 12 and older with mild or moderate COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – At the request of the Dallas Police Department, Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday, Nov. 18, directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide direct support to DPD in their efforts to reduce violent crime. The Governor’s Office said DPS will be deploying multiple resources to support this operation, including Special Agents, State Troopers to support DPS gang and drug investigative operations and a team of Intelligence Analysts. DPS will also provide two helicopters and two patrol planes to provide direct air support and a team of Texas Rangers to support Dallas Police homicide investigations. “The rise in violent crime in the city of Dallas is unacceptable, and the Texas Department of Public Safety will assist the Dallas Police Department in their efforts to protect the community and reduce this surge in crime,” said Governor Abbott. “Every Texan deserves to feel safe in their own community,...
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