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Willie Neslon helps close out march for voting rights in Texas

Country music legend Willie Nelson helped close out a four-day march in support of voting rights that ended at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. The march was led in part by former Representative Beto O'Rourke, CBS affiliate KEYE-TV reports. The march began Wednesday in Georgetown and concluded...
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Texas bill would give $300M in unused COVID funds to farmers for migrant damages

A Texas congressman has introduced a bill with bipartisan backing to help farmers and ranchers on the border deal with vandalism and property damage from illegal immigration. Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) is the main sponsor of the bill, which calls for a new fund to be set up using $300 million in unspent COVID rescue dollars to reimburse farmers and ranchers on the front lines of the border crisis for the vandalism and damage they’re continually experiencing.
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Nearly every ICU bed in Central Texas filled amid COVID-19 surge, officials warn

In Central Texas, an 11-county region home to more than 2 million people, nearly every ICU bed has been filled amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Health officials in Austin on Friday warned residents that there are just 16 staffed intensive care unit beds available, which is the lowest the figure has been since coronavirus first started its spread across the state. The effected area, dubbed “Trauma Region O,” includes Travis County, in which Austin is located, as well as another 10 counties.
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Apartments Planned for 2528 Texas

An $8M building permit application has been submitted for multi-family conversion of 2528 Texas at Sidney in the Fox Park neighborhood. Blackline has the building under contract and plans to convert it into 78 apartments. They are seeking historic tax credits. The building is in the Koken Barbers Supply Company...
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Texas lawmakers push Congress to pass sweeping voting rights protections

Three Texas Democrats testified before Congress this week in their push to stop a restrictive voting bill from Texas Republicans. State Rep. Nicole Collier joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss her time in Washington as Senate Democrats consider a slimmed down version of voting rights legislation. Aug. 1, 2021.
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Thousands march to Texas Capitol in protest of GOP elections bills

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Saturday, a group of Texas leaders and citizens concluded a four-day 27-mile march to the Texas State Capitol in Austin — to protest controversial Republican-led voting laws widely believed to be restrictive. Advocacy group The Poor People’s Campaign will host the rally alongside Black Voters Matter...
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The Texas blackouts were caused by an epic government failure

This op-ed is part of a series published by The Dallas Morning News Opinion section to explore ideas and policies for strengthening electric reliability. Find the full series here: Keeping the Lights On. As the postmortem of the blackouts that slammed the state back in February continues, it’s apparent that...
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Willie Nelson caps off voting rights march, rally at Texas Capitol

A four-day voting rights march lead in part by Beto O'Rourke concluded at the Capitol Saturday, with a brief performance by Willie Nelson. At the end of a four-day march from Georgetown to the Texas capitol, pallbearers walked up the south side of the Capitol with a coffin that represented “the death of good legislation.”