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Coronavirus in Texas

With school reopening, Gov. Greg Abbott sets off another debate over whether local or state officials are in control

Abbott’s decision to curb the role of local health authorities in school reopening decisions has added to the ongoing conflict between him and local governments during the pandemic, with mayors and judges voicing frustration over having their hands tied by the state’s response.

Gov. Greg Abbott puts on his mask during his press conference after talking to local and county officials about the damage done by Hurricane Hanna in Nueces and Kleberg counties on July 28, 2020.

Roadblocks from the state

City and county leaders frustrated

Health officials still unclear

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