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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals just extended the order that blocked a lower court ruling that would have allowed for a widespread expansion of voting by mail in Texas, the Texas Tribune reports:


With early voting for the primary runoff elections starting later this month — and the Texas Supreme Court also blocking expanded voting by mail in a separate case —Thursday's ruling effectively eliminates the possibility that Texas voters will be able to legally request mail-in ballots solely because they fear a lack of immunity to the new coronavirus will put them at risk if they vote in person.

In a poll, 85% of Austonia readers said that voting by mail should be allowed for all Texans in 2020.

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Environmental groups call on city to hold off on approving further development at Tesla gigafactory
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A group of environmentalists and other activist groups are calling on the city to withhold permits Tesla has requested, including for a battery cathode facility by the company’s headquarters near the Colorado River.

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