KDFW: Southwest, American Airlines will comply with federal vaccine mandate despite Texas governor’s order

KDFW: Southwest, American Airlines will comply with federal vaccine mandate despite Texas governor’s order. “Both Southwest and American Airlines say they it will go against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest executive order and instead comply with President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring employees to be vaccinated. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines made the announcement Tuesday in response the order Abbott issued Monday.”

Daily Beast: Unvaxxed Allen West Has COVID Symptoms, Takes Unproven Meds

Daily Beast: Unvaxxed Allen West Has COVID Symptoms, Takes Unproven Meds. “Right-winger Allen West has suspended in-person events for his Texas gubernatorial campaign because he developed COVID symptoms after his wife tested positive. In a Saturday morning Twitter thread, the Trump-loving ex-congressman said he has not gotten the COVID vaccine but is ‘already taking Hydrochloroquine and Ivermectin protocols’—two unproven drugs popular with the anti-vaxxer crowd.”

GovTech: Texas Social Media Censorship Law May Increase Spam Emails

GovTech: Texas Social Media Censorship Law May Increase Spam Emails. “House Bill 20, which passed on Sept. 9, prohibits email service providers from ‘impeding the transmission of email messages based on content.’ Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University of Law whose research and teaching focuses on Internet, IP and advertising law topics, says this restricts efforts to control email spam.”

AP: California now has nation’s lowest virus transmission rate

AP: California now has nation’s lowest virus transmission rate. “The nation’s most populous state is the only one experiencing ‘substantial’ coronavirus transmission, the second-highest level on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s color-coded map. So is Puerto Rico. In all other U.S. states, virus transmission is labeled as ‘high,’ defined as 100 or more cases per 100,000 people in the last week. California’s rate is 94 cases per 100,000. By comparison, Texas is 386 and Florida is 296.”

USA Today: Anti-Trump Lincoln Project targets Texas governor with ad showing wall of COVID-19 coffins

USA Today: Anti-Trump Lincoln Project targets Texas governor with ad showing wall of COVID-19 coffins. “A Republican group known for speaking out against former President Donald Trump is calling out Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after a television ad was pulled blasting his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Lincoln Project, an American political action committee formed in 2019 made up of former and current Republicans, issued a statement questioning why the TV ad that it funded for $25,000 on ESPN during the nationally televised Texas vs. Rice college football game didn’t air. The group said the ad was pulled 10 minutes before it was expected to run, despite ESPN’s legal team clearing it beforehand. ”

Texas Tribune: Nearly 2 million people in Texas are overdue for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Texas Tribune: Nearly 2 million people in Texas are overdue for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “…a large number of Texans apparently have decided to stick with one dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines: 1.89 million have missed their second dose as of Sept. 6, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 1 million of them are more than 90 days overdue for their second dose. That means that of those who received a first dose, 11% haven’t gotten their second shot within the recommended time frame.”

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law . “Now that Texas has signed its unconstitutional social media content moderation bill into law, the action shifts back to Florida’s similar law that was already declared unconstitutional in an easy decision by the district court. Florida has filed its opening brief in its appeal before the 11th Circuit and… it’s bad. I mean, really, really bad.”

Texas Tribune: At least 92 Texas hospitals were out of ICU beds last week, according to the latest federal data. Look up the ones near you.

Texas Tribune: At least 92 Texas hospitals were out of ICU beds last week, according to the latest federal data. Look up the ones near you.. “Hospital staff has never been in shorter supply, which deepens the strain on all departments, including emergency rooms, respiratory therapy and even labor and delivery. Without the capacity to take on new patients — and equally thin resources elsewhere to transfer them to — doctors fear they’ll have to start making heartbreaking decisions about care in order to save the most lives possible.”

USGS: Online tool updated with new features to help Texans during flooding

USGS: Online tool updated with new features to help Texans during flooding. “An interactive online tool that can help Texans prepare and respond to flooding events has ­newly added capabilities to help inform state and local flood management decisions that can help protect life and property. Emergency managers and the public across Texas now have access to near real-time information on statewide reservoir and traffic conditions at one convenient location to help assess flood risks and identify evacuation routes as a flooding event is occurring.”

Dallas Morning News: Texas schools are surveilling students online, often without their knowledge or consent

Dallas Morning News: Texas schools are surveilling students online, often without their knowledge or consent. “Texas schools are rapidly scaling up the use of technology that monitors email, web history and social media posts of potentially millions of students, often without their knowledge or consent, a Dallas Morning News investigation has found. Legal and privacy experts have long raised concerns about this technology and questioned its effectiveness in detecting potential threats. Despite those worries, Texas’ schools have spent millions of tax dollars on these services since 2015.”

‘They are going to hang you’: Woman harasses County Judge Nelson Wolff at H-E-B over mask mandate (San Antonio Express-News)

San Antonio Express-News: ‘They are going to hang you’: Woman harasses County Judge Nelson Wolff at H-E-B over mask mandate. “A San Antonio woman unhappy with mask mandates followed Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff through the parking lot of an H-E-B on Sunday, making veiled threats and yelling that he was a communist and a traitor for imposing mask mandates.”