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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate MJ Hegar raised $13.5 million in the third quarter.

By Patrick Svitek

MJ Hegar, the Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced Wednesday that she raised over $13.5 million in the third quarter, a massive improvement over her previous hauls.

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Gov. Greg Abbott help a press conference Sept. 24 to announce new legislative proposals.

By Jolie McCullough

At a campaign event in Dallas on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a string of new legislative proposals to raise penalties and create new crimes for offenses committed at protests.

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Forty-one states have passed laws allowing online voter registration; Texas is not one of them.

By Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff

When Jarrod Stringer updated his driver's license address in 2014, the Texas Department of Public Safety website asked if he wanted to register to vote. He clicked yes and thought he was registered. That fall, when he went to vote in San Antonio, he was denied. According to the system, he had never registered. It was past the registration deadline, so he couldn't vote.

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is seeking his fourth term in office.

By Patrick Svitek

Even before a pandemic struck, protests over racial justice took to the streets and a vacancy opened on the U.S. Supreme Court, this year's U.S. Senate race was poised to be different from the last one in Texas.

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UT-Austin students who purchase "The Big Ticket" must take a COVID-19 test on Friday and test negative before they can attend Saturday's football season opener against the University of Texas at El Paso.

By Stacy Fernandez

Officials at the University of Texas at Austin said Wednesday night that students with football season tickets will be required to take a COVID-19 test on Friday and test negative before they can attend Saturday's season opener against the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Students sit distanced from one another in the lunch room at Jacob's Well Elementary School in Wimberley.

By Aliyya Swaby and Emma Platoff

On a normal first day of school, Texas children would wake up early to cram into school buses, eager to huddle and chat with their friends in the hallways before streaming toward their classrooms.

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Austin police officers gathered on Interstate 35 to remove protesters demonstrating against police brutality from the highway in May.

By Jolie McCullough

Gov. Greg Abbott is considering a legislative proposal that, if passed, would put the control of the Austin Police Department under state authority.

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Texas is pursuing a last-minute advertising campaign with just a month of counting left for the 2020 census. Republican leaders previously rejected legislative efforts by Democrats to put money toward the count.

BY ALEXA URA

Through a small notice tucked into the state's business register, Texas appears to have acknowledged that the 2020 census count is going badly.

With just a month of counting to go in the crucial decennial census, the self-response rate for Texas households has barely topped 60%. As census workers have followed up in person with households that haven't responded, the share of households accounted for has risen to 79.5% — but Texas is still far behind several other states and several percentage points behind the national average.

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