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Coronavirus in Texas: Bars, bowling alleys and other businesses can begin reopening Friday

Live updates: The state's unemployment rate hit 12.8%, and a lawsuit seeks the release of medically vulnerable inmates in the Dallas County jail.

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What you need to know Friday:

Texas reports 53,449 cases and 1,480 deaths

More businesses — including bars, bowling alleys and aquariums — can reopen

Texas’ unemployment rate hit 12.8% in April, worst monthly tally on record

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“You can have zippo income right now and be out of food but not be able to get SNAP because the car you bought four years ago is still worth too much to qualify.”

— Rachel Cooper, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texas nursing homes receive nearly $400 million to battle COVID-19

Donna Heath, floor manager of The Barn Door Restaurant, poses for a portrait during her shift in the main dining room of the restaurant  in San Antonio on May 18, 2020. 

Today was the first day The Barn Door Restaurant opened since the shut down mandates took place in Texas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Photo: Christopher Lee for The Texas Tribune.

Harris County judge urges residents to stay home through June 10

Abbott tells county and municipal jails they can't open to most visitors

Lawsuit against Dallas County jail urges release of medically vulnerable inmates

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