Valeria Olivares is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Washington reporting fellow. Valeria has worked as a freelancer for The Dallas Morning News, a metro desk intern for the San Antonio Express-News and editor-in-chief of The Prospector student newspaper. She also worked on a documentary about immigration at the Texas-Mexico border with Rain Media. Valeria is fluent in Spanish.
As local officials express concerns that their hospitals could be overloaded with coronavirus patients, some are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to empower local governments to issue stay-at-home orders. Full Story
Austin's mayor issued a similar order late Wednesday. Local leaders have been asking for the ability to impose more strict mask orders, but Gov. Greg Abbott never publicly mentioned that one option was ordering businesses to require them. Full Story
We sat down for a live interview with Escobar, D-El Paso, to answer questions about the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, how El Paso is faring and what relief Texans can expect. Full Story