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A state appeals court upheld a temporary order Thursday from a state district judge that could greatly expand the number of voters who qualify for mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, rebuffing Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to have the ruling put on hold while he appeals it.

Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New outbreaks still crop up. And at Guero’s Taco Bar in Austin, which offers the occasional celebrity sighting, a log of every diner and where they sat is begrudgingly in the works.

Odessa-based Saulsbury Industries is furloughing or laying off 58 employees at its fabrication facility in Henderson, citing a downtown in the oil and gas industry — a spiral triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Air Force recently named a Panola native serving as an Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center major at Hill AFB, Utah one of the winners of the its 2019 Nuclear and Missile Operations Awards.

U.S. Steel will begin idling 55 employees indefinitely Sunday at its Wheeling Machine Products plant in Hughes Springs as it continues to adjust to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

After overseeing the state’s energy sector through one of Texas’ largest oil booms in recent years, the Texas Railroad Commission has suddenly found itself in the middle of two global crises that have delivered devastating reversals of fortune to the state’s industry and its economy as a whole.

The Texas Department of Transportation recently named Wendy Starkes as the new area engineer for the Marshall office, which oversees Harrion, Marion and Panola Counties, beginning May 1.

The Railroad Commission of Texas is adding more data to its Public Geographic Information System Map Viewer. The public can now view information on Voluntary Cleanup Program and Brownfield Response Program sites around Texas.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices are open in Texas by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions. Additionally, FSA is relaxing the loan-making p…

The number of Texans applying for unemployment relief continues to climb as more workers are laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, 275,597 Texans applied — a 1,604 percent increase over the 16,176 Texans who filed in the week ending March 14.