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Onelia Orellana talks to Texas Department of State Health Services specialist and translator Maria Palacio before she receives her first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant on May 7, 2021. A more personalized push to promote vaccinations is proving effective in northeast Texas. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

How a small Texas town doubled its COVID-19 vaccination rate in a month as the state’s rate declined

MOUNT PLEASANT — On Friday morning, Onelia Orellana felt conflicted.

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Customers formed a long line for groceries outside of Fiesta on Stassney Lane in Southeast Austin in February. A bill that the House advanced limits the governor's emergency powers during a pandemic. An amendment that would have banned statewide or local mask mandates narrowly failed. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Texas governor’s emergency powers during pandemics would be curbed under bill advanced in House

The Texas House has approved a sweeping bill that would reform the governor’s emergency powers during a pandemic and involve the Legislature during such instances.

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State Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, flanked by his Republican colleagues, answered questions regarding Senate Bill 7 on May 6, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed doors after final House passage

As opposition to Texas Republicans’ proposed voting restrictions continues to intensify, state lawmakers’ deliberati

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Demonstrators blocked traffic and marched past vehicles on Interstate 35 in Austin last year during a protest against police violence. Under a Texas House bill, obstructing roadways in a way that hinders emergency vehicles would become a felony. Credit: Courtesy of Tamir Kalifa via Texas Tribune

Protesters who obstruct emergency vehicles could face felony charges under bill passed by Texas House

In response to nationwide protests against police brutality last year, the Texas House on Thursday passed a bill to raise criminal penalties and require jail time for people who obstruct a r

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Two gun rights activists argue with a state trooper who will not allow them to enter an overflow room due to COVID-related restrictions at the Capitol on April 29, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Permitless carry of a handgun in Texas nearly law, after Senate OKs bill

The Republican-led effort to allow Texans to carry handguns without any kind of license cleared what is likely its biggest remaining hurdle in the Capitol on Wednesday, when the Texas Senate moved

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A member of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Fetal “heartbeat” bill, that could ban abortions at six weeks, nears passage in the Legislature

Texas lawmakers are poised to enact sweeping restrictions on access to abortions, prohibiting the procedure before many women know they are pregnant, and opening the door for a potential flood of l

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A nurse demonstrates to a student how to self-administer a COVID-19 test at a testing location at the University of Texas at Austin. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

COVID-19 variant cases are on the rise in Texas. Here’s what you need to know.

Last winter, health experts worried about COVID-19 variants spreading quickly across the state, further overwhelming already crammed intensive care units.

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State troopers stand guard at the state Capitol grounds to prevent protesters from entering during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Texas House tentatively passes package of police reform bills, including measure requiring more substantive disciplinary action for police misconduct

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