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New COVID-19 relief bill approved by Senate

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On Tuesday, April 21, the Senate approved a total of about $484 billion in additional federal funding for coronavirus relief. The new bill includes $310 billion designated for small businesses. The additional funding will serve as part of the previously-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program, which was initially created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27. The program ran out of money on April 16.
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EDC reports $38,000 approved in emergency funding for local business retention, marketing

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In an update to city council members Monday evening, Canadian/Hemphill County Economic Development Council President Heath Mitchell reported that $35,000 in emergency grant funding has already been sent to local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.
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Texas state parks reopen for day-use

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AUSTIN—Texas state parks will begin reopening for day-use only on April 20 as part of a broader effort to begin reopening the state of Texas. Per Gov. Abbott’s direction, new restrictions in effect include requiring visitors to wear face coverings and maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.
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CASA of the High Plains focuses on supporting families in National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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PAMPA—April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of the High Plains is raising awareness of the need for more dedicated members of the community to step up and become CASA volunteers, and help break the cycle of abuse and neglect, through supporting children and families.