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Federal Judge Sides With Abbott In Lawsuit Over Mask Mandates

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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2021, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, elementary school students line up to enter school for the first day of classes in Richardson, Texas. As COVID-19 cases surge, a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, but their views are sharply divided along political lines. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

A federal judge in Austin is siding with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools.  The judge on Wednesday ruled against Disability Rights Texas, an advocacy group, who filed a lawsuit last month, claiming Abbott’s order “puts students with disabilities at risk.”  After hearing from both sides of the issue, the judge denied the advocacy group’s request for a temporary restraining order.  An attorney for Disability Rights Texas says the group will keep fighting the order in court.

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