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Coronavirus in Texas: Former Texan reportedly tapped for White House domestic policy role during push for more states to reopen

Staff Sgt. Noel Melendez and Senior Airman Jesse Moore, Air National Guard members with the 149th Fighter Wing, ensure that personal protective equipment is available for front-line health care workers in San Antonio.      Airman 1st Class Kaliea Green
Staff Sgt. Noel Melendez and Senior Airman Jesse Moore, Air National Guard members with the 149th Fighter Wing, ensure that personal protective equipment is available for front-line health care workers in San Antonio. Airman 1st Class Kaliea Green

Friday’s biggest developments:

  • Former Texas think tank leader tapped for White House domestic policy role, according to reports

Former Texas policy group leader reportedly tapped to oversee Trump administration's domestic agenda

[5 a.m.] President Donald Trump is slated to name Brooke Rollins, the former CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and now longtime White House official, as acting domestic policy adviser, The New York Times reported Thursday night.

In that role, Rollins reportedly will help oversee Trump’s domestic agenda as the president encourages several states to relax existing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. She will succeed Joe Grogan, who said two weeks ago he planned to step down in May.

Rollins left TPPF in 2018 after leading the conservative think tank for 15 years. She took a job in the White House Office of American Innovation — which is led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

According to the Times, White House staff secretary Derek Lyons was also floated as a potential successor to Grogan. Instead, Lyons will remain in his post and serve as counselor to the president.

TPPF did not immediately respond to a request for comment. — Alex Samuels

Texas health officials expected to announce latest number of coronavirus infections

[5 a.m.] Texas health officials are expected to announce the latest coronavirus test counts Friday, a day after the state reported the largest increase in positive tests and deaths. At least 43,851 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Texas, and at least 1,216 have died. See maps of the latest case numbers for each county and case rates per 1,000 residents. — Chris Essig

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