Lake Houston - Humble - Kingwood

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4:55 PM Apr 27, 2020 CDT

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack seeks to provide stimulus checks to taxpayers through CARES Act funding

Noack said he hopes to use a portion of the county's nearly $105 million CARES Act allotment to distribute checks based on a percentage of 2019 county property taxes.


The Woodlands-area hotels see increasing occupancy

Hotels in Montgomery County are seeing a slight increase in occupancy, but lower room rates.


Montgomery County residents raise concerns over property appraisals during coronavirus outbreak

Several residents complained of "dramatically" increased property values.



Some Deerbrook Mall stores to reopen, offer retail to go amid coronavirus

Select stores in the Deerbrook Mall in Humble reopened April 24 to offer curbside pickup amid the coronavirus.


Harris County home values rise by 6% on average; coronavirus disaster will not trigger tax relief

About 1 million of the 1.2 million value notices had been sent out in Harris County as of April 21.


Houston retail to go: Tell us if you are open for business offering curbside service

With Gov. Greg Abbott's order allowing "retail to go" operations, many Houston shops are preparing to offer new curbside and delivery services.


Montgomery County Tax Office grants four-month extension on property tax payment agreements

Taxpayers will not be required to pay their March, April, May and June 2020 payments until the end of the contract.



Experts: Houston regional economy may take months to recover from oil price collapse

The day after the price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil took a historic plunge into negative digits on April 20, it began to climb above zero.


Houston names former Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum coronavirus recovery czar

The position will coordinate the reopening of the local economy.


Passenger data shows Houston airports saw about 50% decline in travelers March 2019-20

Like many other industries in the Greater Houston area, the Houston Airport System took a sharp hit in the month of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.



Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough terminates 'Stay at Home, Stop the Spread' order, curfew

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement of a plan to reopen Texas' economy in stages, Montgomery County took swift local action.


Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.


Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.


Houston kicks off ‘Take Us to Your Table’ restaurant support campaign

The effort's kickoff was coupled with a $100,000 donation from ExxonMobil to fund meals for first responders.



$201M in coronavirus relief funds heads to Greater Houston-area airports

United Airlines expects to fly fewer people the entire month of May than it did in a single day in May 2019.


Here's a breakdown of 4 financial relief programs aimed to save small Texas businesses

The webinar highlighted four Small Business Association programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief program.


Q&A: As Texas considers how to reopen the economy, disease expert urges careful planning

The are still many unknowns about the virus, according to infectious disease expert Jill Weatherhead.


Patrick Jankowski ups Houston-area job loss projections to 250,000 in March, April

Patrick Jankowski said locals could see a loss of 250,000 jobs in March and April alone.



By the numbers: New coronavirus information from across Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott released data April 13 on how Texas is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic statewide.


HELP WANTED: These companies are currently hiring in the Greater Houston area

For those actively searching for a job, here is a noncomprehensive list of companies currently offering full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities in the Greater Houston area as of April 14.


Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

As Texas is facing its highest rate of unemployment claims in recent history, a total of $50 million in loan funds is now available for small businesses across the state to provide economic relief.


More Texans have filed for unemployment in past three weeks than in all of 2019

For the second week in a row, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, according to federal data.