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Officials with the City of Tahlequah and Cherokee County in Oklahoma ordered a "shelter-in-place" partial lockdown beginning 11:59 p.m. March 25, after Northeastern Health System confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 on March 24.

The statewide stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is in effect now. It will be in place through April 12.

ProCare Collision, a Texas-based Multi Shop Operator (MSO), announced March 10 they have acquired Hodges Collision, a Houston-based MSO with six locations in the Houston metro area. 

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) held its first regional meetings of the year Feb. 25 in Dallas, featuring Greg Griffith of AkzoNobel, who discussed “Cycle Time: Implementing Repair Planning.” 

Economists monitoring the potential effects of the coronavirus on Texas’ international trade are adopting the tone of health officials: Be prepared, be prudent, but don't panic. But they believe it’s only a matter of time before a major disruption in the global supply chain impacts the state’s economy.

The Oklahoma City Auto Show will include a career fair that will offer opportunities to hundreds of Oklahoma students.