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The Best Thing in Texas: A Parade for Mami in San Antonio When the coronavirus forced 83-year-old Herminia Valdez to quarantine, her family found a creative and safe way to lift her spirits.

Citing Health Concerns, Some Essential Businesses Are Choosing To Close Their Doors This week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

'At The Landlord's Mercy': Advocates Worry About Wave Of Evictions, Homelessness Right now, statewide protections are set to expire at the end of the month and do not go as far in Texas as in many states.

A Supreme Court Ruling Could Spell An End To The Insanity Defense In Texas If the Texas Legislature wanted to end defendants' ability to plead insanity, an expert says the high court probably wouldn't stand in the way.

UT Austin grad and Nobel Prize winner's documentary airs on PBS As history has consistently illustrated, great global crises have a way of producing great global leaders.

Texas Standard For April 10, 2020 Despite hundreds of suspected positives for COVID-19 at Texas nursing homes, the state is refusing to release detailed data. Why the secrecy? We'll take a closer look. And: Nearly 1 in 3 apartment renters didn't pay anything to their landlord April 1.

Alamo Drafthouse rolls out at-home movies during COVID-19 shutdown Movie-going is one major past-time we're all adjusting to not doing anymore. And while we may not currently be able to gather in a dark room with strangers and eat popcorn while watching a flick, one Austin-based theater chain is trying to give us the next best thing - while also supporting its local outlets.

Texas school cafeteria workers working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic featured on TIME Magazine cover During these hard times, we cannot thank our heroes enough. TIME Magazine published a series of covers highlighting essential workers keeping the economy afloat. On one of those covers features cafeteria worker Yolanda Fisher from Dallas Independent School District working to feed kids who depend on school lunches.

University of Houston creates emergency fund for students affected by coronavirus crisis University of Houston students facing financial struggles due to the novel coronavirus pandemic can receive assistance thanks to a new fundraising campaign, the Cougar Emergency Fund.

Texas Whiskey Wins Double Gold At The 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Two Whiskies from Milam and Greene, a craft distillery based in Central Texas, earned Double Gold… medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Drippy And Trippy Sculptures Courtesy Of Texas-Based Artist, Dan Lam Meet Dan Lam, the artist that specializes in drippy sculptures.

Powderly Volunteer Fire Department accepts grant for new firefighting system The Powderly Volunteer Fire Department recently upgraded their equipment from a 1991 firefighting slip-on unit thanks to a cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

Ken Hoffman looks back on an epic game of HORSE with a Rockets star Due to coronavirus stay-at-home boredom and lack of live sports, ESPN will air the NBA HORSE Challenge, with early-round coverage Sunday, April 12, and the semifinals and finals on April 16. Thank you, ESPN. I'm sorry, I can't watch "classic" basketball games from two months ago on AT&T SportsNet.

ESPN analyst projects Cowboys offense to dip in production in 2020 but still be solid overall Predicting the Cowboys future is risky business.

United Way of Lamar County holds BY-APPOINTMENT ONLY blood drive So I encourage everyone who is healthy and able to donate, to please do so!" For Lamar County residents who are not able to donate blood, but would like to help during this time, you can donate to the United Way of Lamar County COVID-19 Crisis Fund which has been set up to help those who have been financially impacted by the virus.

Two women die in crash on Texas freeway Two women died in a series of crashes early Friday on a Texas freeway that forced a man to jump from an overpass to avoid an oncoming 18-wheeler.

Here's How to Continue Easter Traditions While Quarantined Easter is a special holiday and just because you're staying home doesn't mean your traditions need to be halted. In fact, you can pretty much do the same things you do every year. You'll just have to put a little twist on things. USA Today shared an article featuring seven ways to make the most of the holiday while in quarantine.

Mask-Making Sustains North Texas Businesses And COVID-19 Efforts When they were forced to close their Dallas nail salon, the owners of Pink Pedi turned to making masks.

Global Deal To Cut Oil Output In Sight After Mexico Signs Up The OPEC oil cartel and nations including Russia have agreed to boost oil prices by cutting as much as 10 million barrels a day in production. Even more countries, including the United States, were discussing Friday their own cuts in what would be an unprecedented global pact to stabilize the market.

Coronavirus Is Spreading In Texas Nursing Homes. But The State Won't Share The Details. At least 18 people have died. And at least seven nursing homes, across five metro areas, are grappling with infections of 10 or more people. But those numbers, collected by The Texas Tribune from various public health departments and local news reports, likely underrepresent the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak in Texas nursing facilities.

Ford Fry announces highly anticipated return of 2 Heights restaurants The Heights will soon regain one of its most reliable destinations for Tex-Mex and fried chicken. Chef Ford Fry announced that he will reopen Superica and La Lucha on Monday, April 13. Both restaurants closed March 26 to allow staff members to stay home for two weeks to ensure none manifested symptoms of COVID-19, Fry said in a statement.

Tigertail journeys through time to reveal layers of love and regret The choices we make in our lives can have far-reaching consequences, though sometimes the impact of a decision can take years to manifest or understand. Most of us regret at least one choice we've made, and it's often the path not taken that causes the most disappointment.

Austin Under 40 reveals the impressive nominees for 2020 awards For 22 years, Austin Under 40 has celebrated the city's young, innovative, and inspirational leaders. And this year is no different, with 80 outstanding locals who were revealed in March.

Let's Celebrate 29 Neighbors Doing Good in Austin During COVID-19 El Alma is pairing with Partnerships for Children to send a donated family-sized, tinga taco dinner kit to a family in need, matched to the program by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

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