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With so many Texans out of work because of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, food banks are the state’s newest first-responders. And the soaring demand is pushing Texas food banks to the limit as they too wait for sorely-needed state and federal aid to arrive.

When stay-at-home orders were issued across Texas late last month, food banks knew they would play some sort of key role for those about to lose their jobs. They didn’t know then how quickly their role would grow, seemingly overnight.

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When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 31 stipulating who can be out and about and who should stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, there was no mention of whether the order would also be an opportunity for the state to more intensely enforce immigration laws. Actually, one law in particular: Texas Senate Bill 4, known as the show-me-your-papers law from 2017.

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A new report by a group of University of Texas at Austin researchers shows COVID-19 cases are largely spreading undetected.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, food banks across the country are tasked with serving those in need from every socioeconomic level. Many people are using food bank services for the first time.

Food banks in Texas are doing their part, but they face many challenges.

Derrick Chubbs, president and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank, says the pandemic has been a major test for his organization.

Texas Unemployment Claims Swamp State Agency

Apr 3, 2020
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If you’ve been unable to get through – either by phone or computer – to file an unemployment claim in Texas, you’re not alone.

The state’s unemployment agency — the Texas Workforce Commission — has been slammed with calls and online users since because of job losses caused by the coronavirus-related business shutdowns. Last week more than a million people called the agency during several 24-hour periods. Before COVID-19 appeared in the United States two months ago, the largest number of calls the agency would handle was 60,000, according to Cisco Gamez, the agency’s spokesman.

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Officials leading many of Texas’ most densely populated cities and counties have now issued shelter-in-place orders that prohibit unnecessary travel. The orders also require nonessential businesses to temporarily close. These orders represent the strongest measures yet aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in Texas. 

Texas Standard host David Brown spoke with leaders of three communities that have instituted shelter-in-place directives. 

Typewriter Rodeo: Cicadas

Aug 2, 2019
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Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

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"The topic of gun violence can be so divisive that people don’t want to have these conversations.”

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Before they compete, some Cliburn participants play for school kids.

House Passes Compromise 'Bathroom Bill'

May 22, 2017
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