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The Texas unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in September, the Texas Workforce Commission said last week, surpassing the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and returning the state to the unemployment levels of the Great Recession.

Keven Ellis said he wants his work on the State Board of Education to be focused on the education of students, not the politics of adults. Brenda Davis said she believes her teaching background makes her a good choice for the board.

Gov. Greg Abbott teased in a tweet Monday that he would soon allow “more openings” of Texas businesses, setting off speculation that he will allow bars to reopen a second time because he ended the message with the word “Cheers!” and included an image of two beer mugs clinking.

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TYLER — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, made headlines in July when he tested positive for COVID-19 during a screening to board Air Force One to visit Midland with President Donald Trump.

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Six months after the coronavirus pandemic began choking the economy, Texas’ unemployment rate in August was 6.8 percent — a sign the state’s economy has improved from the spring months but is still suffering.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds families that open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, began Sept. 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2021.

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Texans receiving unemployment benefits who qualified for an extra $300 in weekly jobless payments issued by the Trump administration will no longer receive the additional funds after claims from last week are paid, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.