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WSU Honor Student

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Taylor S. Altmiller was among 3,700 students announced to the Wichita State University dean’s honor roll for spring 2020. To be included on the dean’s honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Located in Wichita, Kansas, WSU enrolls about 16,000 students and offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs in more than 150 areas of study in six undergraduate colleges. Altmiller graduated from CHS in 2019.
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Pandemic food benefits extended for families affected by school closures

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AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending the application deadline for the federal pandemic-electronic benefit transfer program (P-EBT) to July 31. Extending the deadline will help ensure eligible families have time to apply for this one-time food benefit.
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“How much longer are we going to have to live like this?” That was a question posed to me recently by my childhood friend Jan. It was 7:30 pm in California when she called. Jan was still in her nightgown. She said she rarely gets dressed or goes out. Crisis fatigue has hit Jan hard. Jan and her husband, Jerry, are retired. They live in a beautiful home near the beach in Southern California. Jerry has fully adjusted to a new routine that is nothing like his pre-pandemic life. Jan, however, has not.
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Masks will be mandatory in many Texas schools when they reopen this fall, education agency says

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Masks for students and teachers will be mandatory in counties with more than 20 reported COVID-19 cases when public schools resume in-person classes this fall, under new public health guidelines released by Texas state education officials Tuesday.
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HOT SPOT? That’s right. I live in a remote Texas county that last week was added to The New York Times list of CO- VID-19 “hot spots.” Tom Green County, Texas is one of those big (1,541 square miles) remote counties in Texas that the state of Rhode Island fits in quite comfortably. Tom Green has one city, San Angelo, which has between 90,000 and 100,000 residents. The rest of the population lives in eight unincorporated settlements, and on farms and ranches. You have to drive over 100 miles to get to Abilene. Odessa and Midland are 150 miles away. It is 183 miles to Lubbock.
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Educators demand answers on school reopening from Gov. Abbott

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AUSTIN—The presidents of two teachers’ unions, the Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Texas State Teachers Association, called on Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency today to require every school district in the state to submit a detailed reopening plan outlining how they will safeguard students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. The call comes on the heels of the governor’s announcement last week that Texas public schools will reopen in the fall, with no information on proposed health and safety measures, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in a number of communities across the state.