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The new, permanent alcohol-to-go option could benefit the restaurant industry after it has faced an excruciating year during the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Christopher Lee for The Texas Tribune

Alcohol to go from restaurants gets closer to becoming permanent as Texas House gives initial approval

The Texas House gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation that would allow restaurants to sell alcohol to go beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Austin Retirement and Nursing Center in Austin on July 24, 2020. Under new rules, nursing homes may now allow personal contact, outdoor visitation even if there is an outbreak at the facility, unlimited time on visits and unlimited end-of-life visits. Credit: Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune

Vaccinated Texas nursing home residents can now hug their families and receive more visitors after a year of isolation

After a year of isolation from loved ones and lack of physical contact with their families in some cases, Texas nursing home residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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A patient receives their vaccination against COVID-19 at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Texas’ decentralized, internet-reliant system for vaccine appointments leaves many eligible people unable to access a shot

Despite spending hours trying to get a vaccine appointment, Wanda Davis still doesn’t know when she’ll be able to see her children again.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave remarks at the Texas Capitol in 2019. Patrick leads the Texas Senate and has been pushing legislation that would retroactively adjust prices for wholesale electricity after massive power outages last month. Credit: Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

After House stalls on readjusting electricity prices, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urges Gov. Greg Abbott to use emergency powers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday pleaded for Gov.

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Migrants from Central America who were apprehended crossing the Rio Grande in Brownsville were flown to El Paso for processing and then deported to Mexico across the Paso del Norte International Bridge on March 16, 2021. Credit: Paul Ratje for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas will target human traffickers in response to "humanitarian crisis" at the border


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Necole Williams has a band-aid covering her injection site at a 24-hour vaccination event at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex on March 6, 2021, in Austin. Family Hospital Systems hosted the drive-thru vaccine event with an 80s theme and equipped to vaccinate 7,000 people Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Texans 50 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15

Texans age 50 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 15, state health officials announced Wednesday.

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A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Austin. State health officials say vaccine providers can't require Texans to show evidence of an eligible medical condition, which makes "line jumping" difficult to prevent. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Texans don’t have to prove they’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and some are jumping the line. Here’s why.

When a new mom in Austin found out that COVID-19 vaccine appointments were open in Killeen, she sent her healthy, 28-year-old husband and her 65-year-old mother to get their injections.


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