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The Facts has been recognized as the top Texas newspaper in its circulation category by being named 2021 Newsroom of the Year in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest.

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that Texas will build a border wall along the state’s boundary with Mexico — but provided no details on where or when.

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An unidentified person was shot as they sat in their car at an Angleton intersection and taken to the hospital by helicopter Thursday evening. 

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The driver of a small gas truck was killed and a passenger received minor injuries around 7:15 p.m. Monday on Highway 288 southbound, just north of Angleton.

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AUSTIN — Texas families who relied on the Pandemic EBT card, which previously provided a one-time benefit of $285 for students receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for another round of food aid for the 2021-22 school year.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature closed out its regular 140-day session Monday with sniping among the state’s top political leaders and lawmakers already well aware they will be back this calendar year for an overtime round.

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The investigation into a police chase Wednesday evening revealed the 47-year-old man found dead in the SUV suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas Legislature in June to advance three pieces of GOP-backed legislation that died in the Texas House at midnight Tuesday.

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A police pursuit that started in Lake Jackson ended in Freeport with the driver of the SUV being pursued dead in the vehicle after it came to a stop, authorities said.

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AUSTIN — With only a few hours until the final deadline for passing Senate bills in the Texas House, Democrats were pulling out all the stops Tuesday to keep the body from considering GOP-backed legislation they oppose.

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AUSTIN — In March 2019, a massive chemical fire broke out after a leak at a chemical tank farm in Deer Park spread to almost a dozen other tanks.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature is on the verge of approving a new law that would require some public schools and universities to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in prominent places inside all campus buildings.

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AUSTIN — The Texas House and Senate reached a compromise on a bill to allow the permitless carrying of handguns, the top negotiators said Friday, moving it even closer to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for a likely signature.

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday public schools can no longer require masks on their campuses starting June 5. 

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law that prohibits Texas cities from banning natural gas as a fuel source for new construction and utility services.

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Here we are, with two weeks to go in the regular legislative session, and many of the big things that appeared on the to-do list back in January remain unfinished.

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AUSTIN — The $300-per-week federal unemployment assistance Congress approved earlier this year will stop flowing to jobless Texans next month after Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday the state is opting out of the benefit.

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Texas lawmakers’ attempts to reform how — and whether — criminal defendants get out of jail while awaiting trial is likely headed for a closed-door showdown over the different legislative approaches the House and Senate each devised.

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A heavy dose of rain drew quick recollections of flooding only days ago, but effects from Sunday’s storm didn’t appear to be as severe.

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AUSTIN — Legislation that would ban abortions after as early as six weeks — before many women know they are pregnant — and let virtually any private citizen sue abortion providers and others was given final approval by lawmakers Thursday and is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has signaled he…

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AUSTIN — With just over two weeks remaining in the legislative session, the governor’s office is getting the first key bill that Texas House and Senate lawmakers have passed in response to February’s widespread power outages.

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Three more lives have been claimed by COVID-19, according to the numbers released by Brazoria County officials Wednesday.

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AUSTIN — Alcohol to go is now law in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a bill to permanently allow Texans to include alcohol in take-out orders from restaurants, achieving a shared goal of Abbott and restaurateurs.

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ANGLETON — COVID-19 has been largely eradicated in local prisons with only one inmate actively battling the respiratory virus, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Within days of the first COVID-19 vaccines going to people aged 12-15 years old — and the end of the traditional school year — infection numbers in Southern Brazoria County school districts are under double-digits.

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Big changes are coming to Brazosport ISD’s COVID-19 protocols when summer school begins. That’s the end of at-home learning and lifting the mask requirement — beginning June 1, masks are optional for both students and staff.

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AUSTIN — The Republican-led effort to allow Texans to carry handguns without any kind of license cleared what is likely its biggest remaining hurdle in the Capitol on Wednesday when the Texas Senate moved in a nail-biter vote to bring the measure to the floor and then gave it preliminary approval.

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The number of recoveries announced Tuesday dwarfed the number of new cases as Brazoria County’s retreat from the coronavirus continues.

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The main link between Angleton and West Columbia has reopened hours after dozens of cars sustained damage from an issue with the road surface, the highway department said.

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All lanes of Highway 35 from FM 521 to West Columbia have been closed after numerous calls of the road surface coming up and damaging vehicles, the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said.

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Friday’s COVID-19 numbers were similar to those of Thursday: a report of 79 new confirmed cases and 44 probables. While the numbers of new cases during the past week have fluctuated wildly from a low of nine to a high of 80, the county is averaging 55.57 new cases each day.

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ANGLETON — Brazoria County is shutting down its COVID-19 Call Center at 5 p.m. today, citing a lack of a need and to give county employees a rest from almost 14 months of exhausting work.

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The general trend of lower reported numbers of COVID-infected people appears in the latest numbers from area school districts, mirroring larger patterns.

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AUSTIN — Top state leaders announced Wednesday they are releasing $11.2 billion out of nearly $18 billion available in federal pandemic relief funding that has been dedicated for the state’s public schools.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an attempt by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to challenge a California ban on state-funded travel to states with discriminatory laws — a list Texas landed on in 2017 after the Legislature approved a religious-refusal law for adoptions in the state.

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With the addition of 58 new COVID-19 cases reported by Brazoria County officials Sunday afternoon, there have been 35,573 cases reported within the county — excluding prison cases, which are very low locally.