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“That’s where it ends up”: Texas Attorney General said he expects the coronavirus abortion ban will reach the Supreme Court

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here As coronavirus cases continue to climb in the U.S., another public health crisis is brewing. State officials in the South and Midwest have banned most abortions amid the pandemic, arguing the action is necessary to free up resources to......
CBS US News

Texas abortion services remain unavailable after fifth district upholds coronavirus ban

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Texas can continue to legally implement its near-total ban on abortion services amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday afternoon. Abortion services in Texas have been unavailable for more than two weeks, driving some......
Reuters - Business

Exxon lops 30% off 2020 spending, deeper and later than rivals

Reuters
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) on Tuesday throttled back investment in shale, natural gas and deep water production, cutting planned capital spending by 30% this year as the coronavirus pandemic saps energy demand and oil prices tumble. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Darren Woods, CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp......
Reuters - Business

Last but not least: Exxon chops spending by 30%

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A logo of the Exxon Mobil Corp is seen at the Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) on Tuesday throttled back a multi-year investment spree in shale, LNG and deep......
Reuters - Business

Exxon plays on virus worries in Baytown contract talks: union official

Reuters
HOUSTON (Reuters) – A union official accused Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday of using “scare” tactics and exploiting economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic in negotiations with workers at its Baytown, Texas, refinery, allegations the company denied. FILE PHOTO: A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas,......
CBS US News

“We’re all in this together”: Food bank teams up with online marketplace to provide jobs and feed families

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Thousands of people in Dallas, Texas, lined up on Thursday for free meals provided by the school district. In many places, there aren’t enough helping hands to keep pace with the demand for food. But one program is hiring......
Reuters - Business

Trump touts ‘great’ Saudi-Russia oil deal to halt price rout, but details unclear

Reuters
DUBAI/MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had brokered a deal with top crude producers Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut output and arrest an oil price rout amid the global coronavirus pandemic, though details of how cuts would work were unclear. Trump said the two......
CBS US News

Abortion patients in Texas now travel more than 20 times farther to receive care, study says

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The average patient seeking an abortion in Texas must now travel more than 20 times farther than usual because of the state’s temporary ban on the procedure, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights......
Reuters - Business

Oil refiners face reckoning as demand plummets

Reuters
HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The global oil refining industry is facing a reckoning from falling fuel demand that is the deepest and fastest ever. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. . REUTERS/Angus......
Reuters - Business

Oilfield spending to fall 21% as producers slash outlays: report

Reuters
(Reuters) – Global spending on oilfield equipment and services this year will fall 21% from 2019 to $211 billion, the lowest level since 2005, according to a report to be released on Wednesday by consultancy Spears & Associates, as oil and gas producers slash spending. FILE PHOTO: A pump jack......
Reuters - Business

U.S.-Saudi oil alliance idea born at White House, put on back burner for now

Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials have for now put aside a proposal for an alliance with Saudi Arabia to manage the global oil market, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter, an idea one of them said came from White House national security advisers. FILE PHOTO: U.S.......
New York Post

Houston coronavirus patients first in US to try experimental plasma transfusion

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here A Houston-area hospital became the first hospital in the US to transfuse blood plasma of a recovered COVID-19 patient into one that is critically ill, an experimental therapy that could be used in the fight against the novel......
CBS US News

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio over abortion bans amid coronavirus pandemic

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here In a sweep of legal filings on Monday, a coalition of abortion rights advocates brought challenges in four states — Alabama, Iowa, Ohio and Oklahoma — over directives to temporarily ban the procedure amid the coronavirus outbreak. So far,......
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Gun stores are “essential,” may remain open during coronavirus pandemic, says Texas attorney general

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared Friday that gun stores can stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic even as many jurisdictions within the state have issued stay-at-home orders. Paxton’s nonbinding opinion says “municipal and county authorities may not use emergency......
Sports Illustrated - MMA

Shaka Smart to return to Texas as basketball coach

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman Texas head coach Shaka Smart will return to Austin next season, athletic director Chris Del Conte told the American-Statesman‘s Brian Davis on Friday. “Shaka’s our coach,” Del Conte said. “Nothing’s changed. We won five of the last six down......
Reuters - Business

Global oil refiners shut down as coronavirus destroys demand

Reuters
SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI/SEOUL/LONDON (Reuters) – The first oil refinery shutdowns in India and Europe were announced on Friday while global refinery runs drop like a stone in response to plunging demand as countries worldwide implement lockdowns. FILE PHOTO: A pump jack operates at a well site leased by Devon Energy Production......
Reuters - Business

Ten signs the oil industry is bent out of shape

Reuters
(Reuters) – The oil industry has been hit by a simultaneous demand and supply shock in March as the coronavirus pandemic cuts fuel consumption and top producer Saudi Arabia raises output to full capacity to fight a price war with rivals. FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil......
Cleveland Scene

Texas Politician Suggests Grandma and Grandpa Should Be Willing to Die to Protect Wall Street

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In times of crisis, some public servants step up while others fall apart. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which better describes Lt. Gov Dan Patrick. Patrick, a former right-wing radio host, told Fox News Monday night that “lots” of grandparents are willing to die in the COVID-19......

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