Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman

Asher Price

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Asher:

Coronavirus in Texas: State agencies ordered to submit 5% budget cut plans

Texas state agencies and public universities were ordered Wednesday by Gov. Greg Abbott and other top officials to come up with ways to cut their budgets → Read More

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenges Keystone pipeline ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, working with counterparts in 17 other states, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a West Coast federal appeals → Read More

Coronavirus in Texas: Texas spends $45 million on 300,000 tests

In a glimpse into the cost of coronavirus testing, the state of Texas is paying $45 million for 300,000 oral-swab tests — or $150 per test, according to a purchase order obtained by the American-Statesman through an open records request.So far, 80,000 of the tests have been sent to Texas prisons, which have been bedeviled by outbreaks. The April 30 purchase agreement is with San Diego-based… → Read More

Coronavirus in Texas: Texas spends $45 million on 300,000 prison tests

In a glimpse into the cost of coronavirus testing, the state of Texas is paying $45 million for 300,000 oral-swab tests — or $150 per test, → Read More

Coronavirus in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott orders testing of all nursing home residents and staffers

All residents and staff in Texas nursing homes will be tested for coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday."The state of Texas is working to → Read More

Why has Texas fared better than many states in confronting the coronavirus?

Making the case for reopening more businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday said Texas was “one of the best states in the United States for bending the curve.”To that end, he pointed to the thousands of hospital beds and ventilators that remain available — a key concern early on among public officials was that oxygen-deprived coronavirus patients would overwhelm… → Read More

Sessions spends campaign money for legal fees

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, who has been embroiled in a criminal investigation related to President Donald Trump‘s Ukraine pressure campaign, has spent more than $82,000 in campaign money to cover legal fees.Trying to make a political comeback in the 17th Congressional District that includes portions of North Austin and Pflugerville, Sessions received the most votes in the March Republican… → Read More

The ‘first five plays of the game’: 2015 Texas report envisions pandemic response

It’s the closest a government planning paper might come to science-fiction, except the whole thing turned out, miserably, to be true.Five years ago, a team at the Texas Department of State Health Services, the agency now at the center of the state’s response to the coronavirus, put together an 89-page report describing how the state and local health departments should prepare for a… → Read More

Hays County puts brakes on gas pipeline project

In the latest setback for a natural gas pipeline under construction in the Hill Country, the Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously this week → Read More

Susan Combs: Returning to Texas for family reasons

Susan Combs, a former statewide elected official in Texas, said that she’s leaving her post at the U.S. Interior Department to be with her husband, who was in a mountain bike accident.Combs, assistant secretary for policy, management and budget at the agency, is departing less than a year after the Senate confirmed her nomination.She previously served as Texas comptroller and agriculture… → Read More

Texas regulators weigh production cuts to boost oil prices

With crude prices plummeting to 20-year lows and tens of thousands of oil workers already laid off, the Texas agency that oversees the oil and gas industry will meet Tuesday to discuss the prospect of curtailing statewide oil production for the first time since the 1970s.The meeting comes as some independent oil producers, including Austin-based Parsley Energy, urge the Texas Railroad Commission… → Read More

Coronavirus in Texas: Parks shut down to stymie coronavirus spread

Now even large swaths of the great outdoors are off limits.State officials on Tuesday announced the closure of all state parks and historic sites in Texas → Read More

Why are more young people testing positive for COVID-19 in Austin?

Relatively speaking, more younger people are testing positive for coronavirus in Travis County than in the rest of Texas, according to an analysis of data → Read More

Blanco residents report muddy well water after drilling mishap

A drilling mishap on a gas pipeline project running beneath the Texas Hill Country appears to have sent thousands of gallons of a slurry into an underground waterway, muddying well water for at least two Blanco-area homeowners.For now, Houston-based Kinder Morgan has suspended work in the area on its underground Permian Highway Pipeline, which has been bitterly opposed by Hill Country residents… → Read More

On coronavirus response, is Abbott leading from behind?

Nearly 9 in 10 Texans are living under orders to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus, increasing pressure on Gov. Greg Abbott to impose a → Read More

PUC orders halt to utility cut-offs for those newly unemployed due to coronavirus

Aiming to soften the blow of the coronavirus outbreak on power, water and sewer customers across Texas, the state Public Utility Commission has ordered a → Read More

As Texas economy sputters, will rainy day fund rescue state government?

Texas voters approved the rainy day fund’s creation in 1988 as an emergency piggy bank to rescue state government in case future leaders faced the sort of oil and gas crash that beset the state budget in the 1980s.Now, with another sharp drop in oil prices — combined with the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus — wreaking havoc on the state’s economy, will Gov. Greg Abbott see fit to dip… → Read More

Why Abbott’s coronavirus logic might be flawed

When Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that he was not prepared to issue a shelter-in-place order, he declared that "more than 200 counties" of Texas’ 254 counties "have zero cases of COVID-19."But scientists studying the disease’s rapid spread say Abbott is likely wrong — and making the same mistake politicians have made around the globe, waiting until cases are detected in their country, state or… → Read More

At Austin-area supermarkets, the run on goods continues

Four days after Austin officials announced the city’s first known coronavirus cases, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dried noodles, bottled water, crushed tomatoes and other canned goods continued to fly off supermarket shelves.The morning after President Donald Trump warned Americans that they should expect to stay isolated through the summer to stymie the spread of the disease, Austinites lined… → Read More

Advocates urge paid sick leave as virus spreads in Texas

A yearslong dispute over Austin’s mandated paid sick leave rule — on hold while it is being challenged in court — resurfaced Tuesday in → Read More