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An Unsettled Forecast Into Next Week


March 14, 2020

The forecast remains unsettled through the weekend and into next week. There will be daily chances for showers and storms, but there will likely be several dry hours as well. A couple of storms could contain gusty winds and hail overnight, but widespread severe weather is not expected. Temperatures the next few days will be variable from highs in the …

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Dallas compound pharmacy kickback case sees first plea deals


March 14, 2020

A large health care kickback conspiracy involving doctors, pharmacies and company executives has so far resulted in one civil judgment and several plea agreements, federal court records show. The owners of Medoc Health Services LLC in Dallas is accused of bilking government health care programs out of about $2 million by steering prescriptions of compound pain creams and other medications …

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Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus


March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of the outbreak. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump said, “I am officially declaring a national emergency.” He said the emergency would open up nearly $50 billion for …

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How Houston-area places of worship are responding to coronavirus


March 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — With the fast spread of the coronavirus, many places of worship are changing their plans around the Houston area. Some religious leaders are planning to hold services online-only out of an abundance of caution. Here are what some places of worship are doing in response to the coronavirus. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church began suspending regular activities and …

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Coronavirus fears lead to vital need of type O blood donations


March 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Coronavirus is impacting southeast Texas blood supplies because officials say people are afraid to donate. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center says it is in vital need of donations, especially for O positive and O negative blood and red blood cells.   According to the blood center, COVID-19 poses no known risk to patients receiving blood transfusions, …

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What we know about the 23 Houston-area coronavirus cases


March 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus continues to spread. Speaking during a press conference Friday, the governor said the state now has 39 confirmed cases, 220 Texans have been tested and approximately 75 Texans are in the process of being tested. Abbott also said Texas public health labs have …

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Houston not on list of US airports under new travel restrictions


March 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — With U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, and their immediate family racing to get back to the country before the start of travel restrictions, the Trump administration made the new flight rules clearer, including announcing 13 airports as federally-approved ports of entries for anyone traveling from restricted countries. Early Friday, airports across Europe were packed with travelers …

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Large-scale Offshore Technology Conference in Houston postpones


March 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A key industrial conference that brings tens of thousands of attendees to Houston is postponing due to the rapidly changing circumstances of coronavirus. The Offshore Technology Conference was set to take place May 4-7, but in a statement, organizers said they are trying to move the event to either August or September. “Considering the rapidly changing …

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List of events canceled and postponed in Houston-area


March 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Several events have been canceled or postponed amid the growth of concerns regarding coronavirus. FULL LIST: HERE’S THE COMPLETE LIST OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS ANNOUNCED For the events that required tickets, ticketholders should follow refund instructions from the vendor. Emergency health declarations were announced Wednesday for the city of Houston and Harris County in light of the …

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