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Texas has seen a 1,600 percent increase in people applying for unemployment benefits the last two weeks as tens of thousands of people are furloughed and laid off by businesses shuttered in response to the coronavirus.

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Many school districts adjust as distance learning programs enters its second week. Superintendents believe the work of their teachers and staff have been phenomenal so far and now they work to properly prepare their students for when classes eventually resume.

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Rather than postpone or cancel their annual Easter egg hunt, Richwood decided to do something different: hold a drive-thru for families to receive bags of eggs that they could give or hide at home for their kids. This way, the city is able to spread love and hope this Easter season while keeping the community safe.

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Where else can you go to eat with mannequins, see Harry Potter characters, doctors, Evel Knievel, pink ladies, felines and baboons all in a day? That would be Junior Achievement’s recent Celebrity Waiter Event, which was attended by more than 200 business and industry leaders across the county.

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H-E-B is not checking shoppers' temperatures before letting them inside, West ColumbiaStore Director Aaron Peters said Saturday. The grocer has ordered infrared thermometers but have not started checking employees' temperatures yet, and he does not know of any plans to start checking custome…

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The following people were indicted recently by a Brazoria County grand jury. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, only a determination enough evidence exists to proceed to trial.

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Surfside Beach leaders canceled the special council meeting scheduled for Friday after the mayor extended the closure of the village beach to vehicles, making the meeting unnecessary.

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The Brazoria County Commissioners' Court amended their Emergency Management Plan during a special meeting on Thursday, adding a provision for criminal enforcement. Under the amendment, it is a Class B misdemeanor to violate the plan.

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With a shortage of available medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, Alvin Community College has decided to loan out their ventilators to area hospitals to be used for patients who are in need of treatment for COVID-19.

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Brazoria County residents will have easier access to their groceries with H-E-B expanding its Favor delivery services to Lake Jackson, Angleton, Alvin, and West Columbia stores Friday, the company announced.

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A reconstructive highway lane project is closing major roadways during Tuesday and Thursday nights later this week. The project is to replace the concrete and increase life out of heavily used and vital roadways in the county.

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Following February’s agreement to terminate the right-of-way agreement with Praxair to build a pipeline on Primrose Road in Jones Creek, the project has moved west of Primrose Lane.

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Five more Brazoria County residents who contracted COVID-19 have recovered, bringing the county total to 25, officials said Saturday afternoon. There were more new cases than recoveries, however, with eight new positive tests for the coronavirus.

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It may be due to this week’s cloudy weather, but since Freeport, Surfside, and Brazoria County reported their beach closures, city officials report beaches remain peacefully closed.

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Lisa Owsley is used to giving things for free to people who are becoming desperate. She's not used to someone trying to steal it.

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A Pearland woman in her 50s became the 17th Brazoria County resident to be hospitalized from contracting the novel coronavirus, according to the Brazoria County Health Department.

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With many families in need of food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Abbott announced the Comfort Food Care Package program, and tapped Youth & Family Counseling Services of Brazoria County to serve as the program hub for Brazoria, Wharton and Matagorda Counties. Families in need have already signed on to be involved, but the program is in need of restaurant participation in Brazoria County.

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Though April Fools’ Day is typically a day for jokes, there are some things that aren’t funny to Texas students and parents this year, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said.

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According to cell phone data and community members alike, some Brazoria County community members aren’t limiting their travel, despite county orders and CDC recommendations.

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A car merges into one lane on Highway 288 near Highway 332 on Thursday. Nightly lane closures will be required in the construction zone as work continues.

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PEARLAND — John W. Shaw visited his parents John Shaw Sr. and Ellen Shaw on March 14. They spent time together and everything seemed normal. However, this is the last time he would get to hear his mother laugh.

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Culinary herbs have fascinated and filled my senses through the decades, the way airy globe-shaped clusters of dill flowers seem to frolic in a light breeze, the clean camphor aroma sensed from brushing against a stand of rosemary or the surprising white-colored flowers peeking through long-…

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As a Pearland teenager lays under hospital care, the COVID-19 has proven to affect people young or old with potentially deadly results.

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During a time when many people are seeking medical attention, Community Health Network is there for new and established patients, offering screening and testing for COVID-19, as well as emergency dental care, prenatal visits, and counseling and psychiatric care. Many visits are done via telehealth where possible.

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After Gov. Greg Abbott announced a statewide extension of school closures through May 4, local school districts will continue to be there for their students.

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The Coast Guard safely rescued five people from a disabled boat at the mouth of the Brazos River Tuesday, which is a good reminder to wear life jackets, according to a news release.

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FORT WORTH — Edward F. Sablatura III of Brazoswood FFA recently received an $8,000 scholarship from the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble Scholarship Committee. He is the son of Carri and Edward Sablatura Jr.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday told Texans to stay at home for the next month unless they are taking part in essential services and activities, announcing a heightened statewide standard to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. He also announced that schools would remain closed until…

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UTMB Health Angleton Danbury has contingency plans on contingency plans, and when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, one plan has already been set in motion. The facility has set up two triage tents to screen and potentially treat patients and staff members before they ever even enter the hospital, and there are plans in place to handle any surges in volume as they happen.

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FREEPORT — Every week, students at Brazosport High School made video announcements for their classmates. Since students can no longer gather to make them, members of the administration has taken the responsibility upon themselves.

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ANGLETON — If Brazoria County residents have something essential to do, they should do it alone during the Stay Safe at Home order, County Judge Matt Sebesta said.

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Sixteen new confirmed cases of COVID-19 brings the county total to 95, the county announced Tuesday afternoon. Of those 95 cases, 15 are hospitalized, while Brazoria County has seen a total of 10 recoveries from the virus.

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Residents looking for their daily update on the number of COVID-19 cases in Brazoria County should get it by noon today, officials say.

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During the early days of production, a massive well blowout at the Bryan Mound sulphur mining site had left a forty-foot wide crater into which the drilling rig and other equipment had toppled and disappeared from view.

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It’s a challenge my 106-year-old Uncle Mort hasn’t faced — not ever — and the same is true for the rest of us.

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No one was injured in a drive-by shooting that took place at a church off Lake Road on Saturday afternoon. Police believe the altercation stemmed from a previous incident, which is still under investigation. Investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, people all over the globe are in isolation, confined to their homes and minds. This distancing from outside influences can pose a serious threat to mental health, and those who feel they need help should contact a medical professional or a community resource, such as NAMI.