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HOUSTON — Houston’s mayor on Monday instructed police to begin issuing $250 fines for flouting statewide mask orders in hopes that August will stamp out a grim summer resurgence of COVID-19 that is now responsible for at least 7,000 confirmed deaths in Texas.

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After receiving hundreds of suggestions, the latest addition to the Caldwell Zoo now has a name fit for a warrior — Xena June.

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After his recent diagnosis of COVID-19, Republican U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler has announced he’s taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as treatment.

Years before computers replaced typewriters in newsrooms, reporters typed their stories on copy paper, double or triple space to allow for editing marks, cut and pasted with rubber cement from glue pots and closed by typing “-30-” or circling the number.

JEFFERSON — The Marion County Commissioners Court gave its permission this week for kiosks to be installed in county jail cells so inmates can video chat, and the county will share in the revenue from the calls.