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Gov. Greg Abbott to lift Texas mask mandate and open state ‘100 percent’

The governor said the state would be back open “100 percent” by March 10.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will lift the state’s mask mandate and announced businesses would be allowed to reopen at full capacity in one week’s time.

“It is now time to open Texas 100 percent,” Abbott said Tuesday afternoon at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock.

“Covid has not suddenly disappeared,” he said, “but state mandates are no longer needed.”

Abbott said his new executive order would rescind “most” of his prior Covid-19 executive orders, and that all businesses would be allowed to open “100 percent,” effective March 10.

The end of the mask mandate makes Texas, population 29 million, the largest state to end a rule aimed to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

Per: NBC

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah sets Olympic record in women’s 100 meters

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah set a new Olympic world record Saturday (July 31) in the women’s 100 meters event. Thompson-Herah defended her 2016 Olympic title and crossed the finish line with a blazing time of 10.61 seconds. She broke the previous 33-year-old Olympic record of 10.62 seconds, set by Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her finish isContinue Reading

Millionaire admits to botched kidnapping of wife after henchmen drown

A Louisiana millionaire admitted to planning the kidnapping of his estranged wife — after his two hired henchmen drowned while trying to evade authorities, botching the plot. Lawrence Michael Handley pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of second-degree kidnapping of Schanda Handley and her then-14-year-old daughter and one count of second-degree kidnapping of neighborContinue Reading

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