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Four hostages were safe and their captor was killed ending an hourslong standoff at a Texas synagogue, where the man — a British national — could be heard ranting on a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.

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Authorities said a man took hostages Saturday during services at a Texas synagogue where the suspect could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.

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There are more Texans hospitalized with COVID-19 than in the first peak of the pandemic in July 2020, according to state data.

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AUSTIN — The official number of deaths caused by the winter storm that hit Texas in February 2021 sits at 246, according to a final report released by the Texas Department of State Health Services on Friday.

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AUSTIN—The Electric Reliability Council of Texas filled two more board of directors seats, announcing the addition of Julie England and Peggy Heeg on Tuesday.

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AUSTIN — One in four COVID-19 tests in Texas are returning positive, the highest positivity rate the state has seen since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to state data.

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The federal government controls the distribution of monoclonal antibodies, and the regional infusion centers in Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio and The Woodlands have exhausted their supply of sotrovimab, the monoclonal antibody effective against the COVID-19 Omicron variant, due to the national shortage, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders debuted the construction of the new portion of the Texas-Mexico border wall in Rio Grande City, near McAllen, Saturday.

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AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders debuted the construction of the new portion of the Texas-Mexico border wall in Rio Grande City, near McAllen, Saturday.

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AUSTIN, Texas—After 22 days, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision Friday on two cases that seek to challenge Texas' controversial and restrictive abortion ban, a ruling that allows the cases to continue although justices stopped short of pausing the law altogether.

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AUSTIN — As Texas continues to gain new residents — as many as 582,000 in 2019 alone — the traditional real estate cycle of busy summers and slower winters has nearly vanished in some Texas communities.

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The first known Texas case of the COVID-19 B.1.1.529 variant has been identified in a resident of Harris County. Results of genetic sequencing this week showed that the infection was caused by the Omicron variant strain.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Department of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps Monday, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state's booming Latino and Black populations.

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing more than $308 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for the month of December. The allotments are expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas households.

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State Rep. Keith Bell (R) honored long time public servant Constable Sherry Kay Langford through House Resolution 260 during the 87th Regular session where the resolution passed unanimously. 

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Samsung leadership formally announced Samsung’s roughly $17 billion chip plant is coming to Taylor, Texas, just northeast of Austin.

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AUSTIN — Several Republican lawmakers representing Texas agreed there is a need for renewed infrastructure investment nationwide and even acknowledged its direct usefulness to Texas, yet all 23 of the state's conservative representatives in Congress voted against the recently signed $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Monday filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit challenging the COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared to lean favorably toward the religious rights of John Henry Ramirez, a Texas death row inmate convicted of capital murder in 2008.

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AUSTIN— Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for “its illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate imposed on private businesses,” his office announced Nov. 5.

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AUSTIN -- With final approval given by Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is set to go into Texas children’s arms as early as Nov. 3, state officials said.

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Three hours of oral arguments over a pair of lawsuits seeking to halt Texas’s controversial and recently enacted abortion ban ended with U.S. Supreme Court justices appearing to lean in favor of allowing the cases to move forward.

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AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in two cases related to a controversial, recently enacted Texas abortion law -- a pair of cases legal experts say could reshape abortion rights nationwide.

Henderson County voters for the Nov. 2 Constitutional Amendment Election turned out at slow pace during the first week of early balloting, Texas Secretary of State reports show.

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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed redrawn voting maps that pave a safer path for the GOP's slipping majority, leaving opponents hoping courts will block the newly gerrymandered districts before they can be used in the 2022 elections.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday appointed John Scott as the Texas Secretary of State. The Secretary serves as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas.

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Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state.

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