Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson concert in Arlington canceled
[11:49 a.m.] The first public event at Globe Life Field in Arlington was postponed Thursday, just the latest event cancellation in Texas as more people take precautions against exposure to COVID-19, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Country star Chris Stapleton was set to play with Willie Nelson and other performers Saturday, at a show announced months ago at the $1.2 billion baseball park.
Pause on jury trials in civil cases in Houston
[10:26 a.m.] “In response to growing public health concerns and to protect the due process rights of all residents of Harris County,” civil district courts in the state’s most populous county will not be calling any jury trials for the rest of March 2020, according to Michael Gomez, the civil administrative judge for Harris County district courts.
Courts may exercise individual discretion about bench trials. — Emma Platoff
Texas Tech University and St. Edwards University shift to online classes
[9:11 a.m.] Texas Tech University has canceled classes the week after its spring break and said teaching will move online beginning March 30. Campus buildings, including residence halls, will remain open, and students may stay on campus during spring break.
St. Edward’s University, in Austin, will host two weeks of online classes after the end of its scheduled spring break.
The announcement comes after several Texas universities like University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston and Texas Christian University said Wednesday said they would extend spring break and move to online classes at least temporarily. — Shannon Najmabadi
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz closes D.C. office
[9:01 a.m.] In response to reports that a staffer from another U.S. Senate office has tested positive for the new coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced in a statement this morning that he’s temporarily shut down his D.C. office.
“Sen. Cruz’s office had previously established a working group to prepare for a scenario just like this and is fully equipped for staff to work remotely and continue to serve the people of Texas,” reads a statement from his office.
Cruz said on Sunday that he had interacted with a person late last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference who has since tested positive for the new coronavirus. According to his office, he’s in Texas still completing his 14-day self-quarantine.
“Sen. Cruz feels healthy and is at home in Texas,” a statement reads. “Offices in Texas remain open, and Sen. Cruz is continuing to closely monitor the situation and take every precaution necessary to keep staff healthy and help reduce the spread of this virus to others.”— Alex Samuels
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