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Governor takes actions to slow down deadly virus

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As of March 22, the cumulative count of patients testing positive in Texas increased to 334. The death count stood at five with 8,756 people…

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Tool to get through COVID-19

HURD ON THE HILL Small businesses feed, clothe and provide services to our community. They help us thrive, and they employ our friends, family and neighbors. But, today, so many of our small businesses are facing a challenging time because COVID-19 has and will continue to wreak havoc on our entire economy. Many of us…

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Governor issues statewide disaster declaration

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a contagious flu-like respiratory disease. Abbott said agency actions would include: —Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including…

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Losing our temper

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE It’s time to put an end to the irresponsible panic that has gripped our communities. There has been absolutely no need whatsoever to hoard vital household supplies, basic foods, cleaning materials, water and other essentials and, I have to say, those who have spent their paychecks on emptying store shelves…

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Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican primary election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday. Biden’s closest rival was Vermont Sen. Bernie…

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In pits and pots

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE It’s Wild Hog Weekend in La Salle County, and that means people from all over Texas and further afield are converging on our little town to celebrate in typical Brush Country style, with music, drinks, and of course plenty of food. The county fair that now includes the junior livestock…

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Congressional Report

Recently, I was in the district taking part in various events and announcements. These included receiving a prestigious award from the Laredo Fire Department, announcing federal funding for Mirando City and Webb County, as well as taking part in Washington Birthday Celebration Association ceremonies. My staff also participated in several events and meetings, including the…

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Governor gives update on action to combat coronavirus

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS As the worldwide threat of novel coronavirus increased, state agencies already were working together to ensure the health and safety of all Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott said Feb. 27. After a briefing from state and federal health officials on coronavirus (COVID-19), Abbott provided an update on steps the state is taking. He said…

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Governor establishes clemency application for certain survivors

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 20 established a clemency application specifically for survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence. The application, crafted in coordination with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, includes a section that affords the applicant an opportunity to provide a statement to the board regarding their human trafficking or…

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For the benefit of our communities

HURD ON THE HILL The start of a new decade means it’s time for the U.S. Census. Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a constitutionally mandated population count of our nation’s residents. Making sure that everyone is counted is of the utmost importance to the functioning of our democracy. These decennial population counts…

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