Texas’ largest cities spend more on police than anything else. Activists want more of those funds spent on the social safety net instead.

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Officials in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio each spent more than $434 million from their general funds on their respective police departments during the 2020 fiscal year. For each, that was more than a …

Watch Gov. Greg Abbott deliver an update on the state’s coronavirus response from Beaumont at 12 p.m. Central Time

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Gov. Greg Abbott will travel to Beaumont on Tuesday to meet with local officials and provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response. The meeting will happen at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office and feature the state’s chief of emergency management, Nim Kidd. Later Tuesday, Abbott and Kidd will travel to Victoria to provide another …

What losing football to COVID-19 would mean for Texas college towns: “It’s like losing Christmas”

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Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here. Local officials and business leaders in some of Texas’ college towns are bracing themselves for the possible cancellation of football — a move that could further injure local economies …

Restaurants, bars and breweries scramble to reinvent themselves to get around Gov. Greg Abbott’s bar shutdown

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Hundreds of Texas bars and restaurants are scrambling to change how they operate, maneuvering through loopholes that will allow them to reopen after being closed by Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest shutdown targeting bars. Abbott has …

Texas State Sen. Pat Fallon wins GOP nomination to replace John Ratcliffe on November ballot, becoming Ratcliffe’s likely successor

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SULPHUR SPRINGS — State Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, has won the Republican nomination to replace former U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, on the November ballot — and will likely succeed him. Fallon prevailed Saturday on the first ballot held by county and precinct chairs who had been tasked with finding the new nominee. Fallon won …

Out of work and behind on rent, this South Texas mom says the pandemic is taking a toll on her mental health

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After so many months of isolation and job loss, hundreds of thousands of Texans, like Anna Garza, are just trying to stay afloat — financially and emotionally. Garza has anxiety and depression and could be facing eviction from her Weslaco rental after losing her job. In the weekend edition of The Brief podcast, hear her …