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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — These Texas lotteries were drawn Thursday:

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Santa Claus visits in a pandemic year are different. They are being done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids daily onto Santa's lap to talk into his face — that's not happening for most.

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Brad Six wears a protective face mask as he puts on his boots preparing to work as Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a day onto …

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Brad Six adjusts his protective face shield as he prepares to work as Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a day onto your lap to t…

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Brad Six, wearing a protective face shield, looks in the mirror as he prepares to work as Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a da…

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Theo and Sophy Morris, visiting from Hawaii with their family, pose for a photograph with Santa Claus, who is sitting behind a transparent barrier, at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection …

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Ariadna and Brian Ferreira wear protective face masks as they pose with their son Enzo with Santa Claus, who is sitting behind a transparent barrier, at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protectio…

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Federica Rodriguez, left, is greeted by Santa Claus from behind a transparent barrier at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a day onto your lap …

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Santa Claus waves at children and their families from behind a transparent barrier at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a day onto your lap to …

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Monica Lopez cleans a transparent barrier which protects Santa Claus and visitors, at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a day onto your lap to …

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Santa Claus adjusts his protective face shield between visits from children and their families at Bass Pro Shops, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Miami. This is Santa Claus in the Coronavirus Age, where visits are done with layers of protection or moved online. Putting hundreds of kids a day onto …

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MIAMI (AP) — Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It's hot, so he forgoes the traditional heavy jacket for a lightweight vest and grabs his Santa hat.

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Authorities pass a border wall construction site, in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, who…

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Pamela Rivas stands on her property that runs along the Rio Grande in Los Ebanos, Texas, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The U.S. government has been trying to take Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president.

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Construction workers build a border wall in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, who's ramped…

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Pamela Rivas, left, with her son Michael Maldonado, right, walks on her property that runs along the Rio Grande in Los Ebanos, Texas, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president.

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Border wall construction continues along farm land, in Hidalgo, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, w…

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Marianna Trevino Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center, talks about the issues and challenges that will be caused to wildlife by new border wall being built in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Biden will inherit a massive wall-building effort that accelerated in T…

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Construction workers build a border wall in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, who's ramped…

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Border wall construction continues along farm land, in Hidalgo, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden faces immediate pressure when he enters the White House in January to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he also confronts a series of tough choices l…

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A construction worker walks along where a border wall is being built in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by Presiden…

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Signage is displayed near the sight of border wall construction, in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Do…

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Pamela Rivas stands on her property that runs along the Rio Grande in Los Ebanos, Texas, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president.

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Border wall construction continues, in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, who's ramped up c…

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A construction worker paints part of a border wall in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, wh…

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A cyclist passes a border wall construction site, in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, who…

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FILE - In this June 13, 2019 file photo, State Rep. Dade Phelan, center, R-Beaumont, talks to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick before Gov. Greg Abbott signs Harvey-related measures at Gallery Furniture in Houston. Officials say no one was hurt after a private plane carrying Phelan skidded off a runway w…

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Texas Lottery's "Cash 5" game were:

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Texas Lottery's "Lotto" game were:

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, Hewlett Packard Enterprise President & CEO Antonio Neri, right, rings the New York Stock Exchange opening bell. Tech giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise said it is moving its global headquarters to the Houston area from California. Texas …

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SPRING, Texas (AP) — Tech giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise said it is moving its global headquarters to the Houston area from California, where the company's roots go back to the founding of Silicon Valley decades ago.

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FILE - In this May 11, 2020 file photo, Houston Independent School District nutrition services employees distribute food at Kashmere High School amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Houston. Houston's city council has approved a new relief fund that will provide thousands of residents struggling fi…

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved a relief fund that will provide thousands of residents who are struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic with a one-time $1,200 payment that can be used for rent, food or other needs.

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LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri plans to bring in hundreds of health care workers from other states to help provide care as already-stretched hospitals prepare for a possible increase in COVID-19 cases resulting from the Thanksgiving holiday.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Eleven Austin police officers have been disciplined for their actions during late May protests over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the city announced Wednesday.

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FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks during a press conference in Austin, Texas. Adler took a vacation to Mexico with family in November at a time when he was urging people to "stay home if you can." The trip revealed by the Austin-American Statesman on W…

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was “not the time to relax."

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On June 26, Texas was reporting 5,102 people had been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, breaking a new record for the state. The positivity rate — the portion of tests that come back positive — had hovered above Gov. Greg Abbott’s “warning flag” level of 10 percent for more than a week.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.

Accurate and up-to-date coronavirus data is critical — not just for informing the officials making policy, but for parents trying to decide whether to send their kids to day care and business owners wondering whether to reopen their stores.

AUSTIN — United Ways across Texas and the state organization, United Ways of Texas, have launched a statewide survey to assess the economic impact the COVID19 crisis has had on Texas families. All Texas families are invited to complete the United Way Texas COVID19 survey here: https://www.su…

Kari’s Law is now “the law of the land,” having gone into effect recently, two years after President Donald Trump penned his signature, requiring businesses to enable direct-dial access to 911.

Harrison County election officials urge constituents to take advantage of early voting opportunities as the March 3 primary election approaches.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is pleased to report that 27 fugitives sought through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program — including 14 convicted sex offenders — were arrested in 2019 by DPS and other agencies. Additionally, $40,500 in reward money was paid for anonymous tips that …

AUSTIN — The Office of the Governor’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF) today held its inaugural meeting at the Texas State Capitol. The meeting included discussions on the structure and vision for the task force, and served as a kick-off for phase one of the task force—which will…

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Needed infrastructure and trade agreements likely won’t happen as long as Democrats press for impeaching President Donald Trump, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Tyler said Friday.

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Appointees of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov Dan Patrick raised a record-setting $5.3 million for the 2019 inaugural festivities, two days’ worth of VIP events that included a ball with country crooner George Strait and a candlelight dinner with the state’s top elected officials.

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State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, returned to his Harrison County roots last week and addressed an audience at the Harrison County NAACP while on the campaign trail in his run for Sen. John Cornyn’s seat.

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AUSTIN — Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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A statewide dust-up between the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and the leader of a hard-right political group left at least two East Texas lawmakers scratching their heads as they tried to learn whether — and why — the House leader would target their neighbor, state Rep. Travis Clardy.

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The parents of three Boy Scouts electrocuted at an East Texas lake in 2017 were celebrating news Monday that regulations were coming to help prevent a similar occurrence again.