Category Archives: COVID19

TWIA filed for a rate increase on Tuesday as lawmakers waste no time firing back

Matt Pierce Briscoe The board of directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association voted on Tuesday to file a rate increase of 5% for residential and commercial policies with the Texas Department of Insurance. At the Association’s quarterly meeting, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s board directed staff to make the rate filing with the expectation that the change would go

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Public officials tasked with logistical difficulties ahead of vaccine distribution

A vaccine is making its way to the Coastal Bend, but that doesn’t mean we have crossed the finish line. The fist doses are on the way and distribution is expected to begin within the month. Even though it isn’t an initial panacea for the virus, local public health officials around the region are working out the logistical nightmare of

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Cruises from Galveston canceled through March

The two major cruise companies operating from here on the Texas coast have announced that they will not restart cruises until at least March. Carnival Cruise Line said Thursday they have canceled all cruises nationwide through Feb. 28. The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement in October that indicated that Carnival might consider allowing cruises to resume out

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OPEC+ Meeting Rescheduled After Talks Stall On Monday

A regularly scheduled OPEC+ meeting ended on Monday without an agreement among its members regarding the production cuts next year.. The cartel meeting ended with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE taking different positions as to how to handle production rates over the next year. The meeting with OPEC+ cartel meeting was supposed to resume on Tuesday, but announcement came

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Online sales taxes are helping with state budget even though it is still going to be slimmer than usual

State Comptroller Glen Hegar briefed the Legislative Budget Board in Austin on Monday ahead of what is expected to be a fairly tight fiscal budget for the state’s next biennial budget.  Hegar told Senate and House Budget Board members that revenue collections from around the state have exceeded what was initially predicted back in July of 2020 and that certain

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Coronavirus Blog: Updated

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 Public health officials in Nueces County announced 148 new cases of Coronavirus on Tuesday. They also announced 2 additional deaths, taking the death toll to 472. Local hospitalizations decreased to 132. That’s 7 less that Monday. The state numbers went through the roof on Tuesday. Department of State Health reported 13,998 new daily cases of COVID-19.That’s

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Coronavirus: New Cases Increase Across State On Saturday

State health officials reported another 7,677 new daily cases of COVID-19.  That number increased by 456 more than Friday.  The state also confirmed that there are 6,068 lab confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in Texas hospitals. That number remained close to Friday’s totals. The state also reported 111 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday.  Locally in Nueces County the numbers remained fairly

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Oil and Gas: Crude Oil Prices Continue To Drop On World Market As Demand Remains Questionable

Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Friday as new lockdowns in Europe continued and world markets remained on edge over drawn-out vote counting in the United States presidential election.  West Texas Intermediate was down $1.06, or 2.7 percent, at $37.73 a barrel at 05:38 GMT, after dropping 0.9 percent on Thursday. Brent crude was off $1.05, or 2.6

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As Texas prepares to further open up for business COVID-19 counts slowly begin creeping back up

On Wednesday something will happen that hasn’t technically been allowed since late June, bars will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity if county judges allow. “Until now, only two types of businesses have not been open” since then, Abbott said in a Facebook video last week when he made the announcement. “One is river tubing operations and the other

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Abbott to allow bars to open at 50% in some locations with counties taking on enforcement roles

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the much awaited announcement on Wednesday that bars and similar establishments are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity in counties with low COVID-19 hospitalizations starting Oct. 14. Gov. Abbott said it is time to reopen more businesses as coronavirus numbers in the state continue to decline. “The good news is that even with additional business

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