CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Austin Public Health officials say they are prepared for omicron variant; Klein ISD approves 2022-23 school year calendar and more top news

COVID-19 booster shots have driven a recent uptick in demand for vaccines. (Courtesy Austin Public Health)
COVID-19 booster shots have driven a recent uptick in demand for vaccines. (Courtesy Austin Public Health)

COVID-19 booster shots have driven a recent uptick in demand for vaccines. (Courtesy Austin Public Health)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 16.

Note: The following stories were published Dec. 13-14.

Central Texas

Austin Public Health officials say they are prepared for omicron variant amid preliminary reports of three cases in Austin, Travis County


After preliminary test results found the omicron variant in Austin and Travis County, Austin Public Health officials advised the community to continue to take COVID-19 precautions during a Dec. 14 briefing.


Brandywine Realty Trust to bring mixed-use development Uptown ATX to IBM Broadmoor Campus

Construction has begun on a $3 billion project to bring 7 million square feet of residential, retail and office space to North Austin—a project developers hope will solidify the area as the city's second downtown.

Dallas-Fort Worth

5 new dining, entertainment concepts to open in 2022 at The Star District in Frisco


Diners can expect a host of new dining and entertainment venues at The Star District in Frisco next year.

Greater Houston

Klein ISD approves 2022-23 school year calendar option favored by majority of those surveyed


Klein ISD's 2022-23 school year calendar will run from Aug. 10-May 26, following the KISD board of trustee's approval of calendar Option 3 on Dec. 13.

Friendswood ISD terminates construction contract for Friendswood High School renovations, additions

The Friendswood ISD board of trustees unanimously voted Dec. 13 to terminate a construction contract with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, the firm hired to take on renovations and additions at Friendswood High School.

Benton Graham, Claire Shoop, Matt Payne, Hannah Zedaker and Sierra Rozen contributed to this report.