Nicole Cobler, Austin American-Statesman

Nicole Cobler

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Nicole:

Farmers' Almanac predicts another cold winter in Texas

The Farmers' Almanac predicted the arctic outbreak in 2021 that left millions of Texans without power. → Read More

Secret meetings and phone trees: The story behind Texas Democrats' exodus from Austin

From their Washington hotel, dozens of Texas state lawmakers reveal how a secret phone tree helped them flee the state. → Read More

3 Texas Democrats test positive for COVID-19 in Washington, D.C.

Three Texas Democrats tested positive for COVID-19 after this week's walkout. The House Democratic Caucus said all three are vaccinated, but did not release names. → Read More

Reports: Texas Democrats make plans to break quorum by leaving state

It's not clear how many lawmakers will leave the state and whether it will be enough to break quorum and stall bills. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott to convene special session of Texas Legislature on July 8

Gov. Greg Abbott will convene a special session of the Texas Legislature starting July 8. Agenda items will be released prior to the session. → Read More

Even as rural Texas lags in vaccinations, COVID-19 is diminished statewide

200 of Texas' 254 counties have yet to reach 50% of eligible residents vaccinated with at least one dose, a benchmark set by state health officials. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill to allow Texans to carry handguns without a permit

The bill goes into effect on Sept. 1 and allows anyone who can legally possess a firearm in Texas to carry a handgun in public without a permit. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas will build border wall amid 'unprecedented crisis'

Abbott promised to unveil "the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen," amid an ongoing dispute with Biden administration. → Read More

From abortion to guns, here's how the GOP moved Texas further right

Gov. Greg Abbott called this year "one of the most conservative sessions our state has ever seen. → Read More

Former President Donald Trump endorses Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's 2022 reelection bid

Abbott is seeking a third term and faces a primary challenge from former Dallas state Sen. Don Huffines. → Read More

Texas Legislature ends turbulent session, braces for more to come

Ending a turbulent 140-day ride, the Texas Legislature gaveled its 87th regular session to a close Monday after a chaotic Memorial Day Weekend. → Read More

Legislature gives final approval to bill allowing Texans to carry handguns without a permit

Texas House Bill 1927 would allow anyone over the age of 21 who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun in public without a permit. → Read More

SUNDAY WEATHER: Showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon

Expect cloudy skies this evening with a low around 69 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms are likely before 7 p.m. → Read More

Texas providers record 36K spoiled COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last two weeks

Texas reported more than 36,000 wasted doses in the last two weeks, over half of the 60,000 wasted doses reported since December. → Read More

Texas House gives initial OK to body camera legislation 45 minutes before deadline, as dozens of bills die

Police officers would be required to keep their body cameras on during an investigation. → Read More

Unwanted touching, late-night texts: Women at Texas Capitol describe culture of harassment

Several woman women who work at the Texas Capitol say there's a long-standing culture of sexual harassment and discrimination that persists. → Read More

No-permit gun carry legislation advances in Texas after years of stalled efforts

If approved, Texas would become the largest of roughly 20 states that already allow handgun owners to carry their weapons in public without a permit. → Read More

Health officials: Texas to see fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccines after manufacturing error

Ten percent of eligible Texans received a coronavirus vaccine in the last 10 days after the state expanded eligibility to every person 16 and older. → Read More

As COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas pick up the pace, how close are we to herd immunity?

More than 7.4 million Texans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, or about a quarter of the state's population. → Read More

Texas to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults starting Monday

State health officials said Texas is set to receive an increase in COVID vaccinations. → Read More