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Dallas County absentee voters say mailed ballots are inexplicably being returned with days left before election


July 12, 2020

Multiple Dallas County absentee voters have reported submitting their ballots only to have them returned in the mail for no apparent reason — with just days to go before the election. “It has absolutely no markings on it,” said Dallas resident Dorit Suffness, describing her returned parcel. “It doesn’t say why. It just comes back.” Suffness, who organizes voter registration …

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How Latino residents in Dallas’ hardest hit ZIP code are weathering COVID-19


July 12, 2020

Ofelia Faz-Garza lives in a neighborhood of small homes, their porches spilling over with potted plants. The houses, some with ornate fountains out front and children playing in back, hide one of Dallas’ worst outbreaks of COVID-19. As of this week, Faz-Garza’s 75211 ZIP code in South Oak Cliff had the largest number of active COVID-19 cases in Dallas County …

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2 McAllen police officers fatally shot while on duty, suspects shot and killed himself shortly after


July 12, 2020

Two McAllen police officers were shot and killed while responding to a call Saturday afternoon, The Monitor reported. Police Chief Victor Rodriguez identified the officers as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39, at a news conference Saturday evening, the outlet reported. Rodriguez said at the news conference that the officers were responding to a call about an assault at around …

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Heat Advisory through Sunday


July 12, 2020

After a hot and humid week, it’s getting even hotter this weekend. A Heat Advisory remains in effect for North Texas through at least 8 pm Sunday. It is quite likely that the advisory will eventually be extended into Monday and Tuesday as well. High temperatures will be near 100 Sunday afternoon, but it will feel even hotter with heat …

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What you need to know about coronavirus, plus a map of every case in Texas


July 12, 2020

Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19. Here are the answers to key questions about the outbreak: What is the new virus? Scientists have identified the virus as a novel, or new, coronavirus. The name comes from the Latin word for crowns or halos, which coronaviruses resemble …

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‘Very, very difficult’: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations at record high, nearing overwhelming level


July 11, 2020

AUSTIN — In South Texas, a school district is turning over portable trailers to be used for hospital space. In San Antonio and Austin, concert and convention venues are being prepped as field hospitals. In North Texas, Medical City Healthcare opened more COVID-19 units this week, and Parkland Hospital had to request a disaster assistance team. Texas is entering a …

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