ROUNDUP: South Houston communities continue coronavirus response

Those anxiously awaiting the end of stay-at-home orders have another thing to look forward to: progress on several transportation projects around Clear Lake and League City. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Those anxiously awaiting the end of stay-at-home orders have another thing to look forward to: progress on several transportation projects around Clear Lake and League City. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Those anxiously awaiting the end of stay-at-home orders have another thing to look forward to: progress on several transportation projects around Clear Lake and League City. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Here is what South Houston readers should know about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the area.

Harris County Attorney's Office authorized to file amicus brief supporting mail-in ballots amid coronavirus outbreak

The Texas Democratic Party is entering a legal battle with the governor and secretary of state to allow voters to mail in ballots during the pandemic. Despite reservations from the county’s Republican commissioners, the Harris County Attorney’s Office will submit an amicus brief—a legal document filed by an entity not involved in a lawsuit—arguing the coronavirus meets criteria for voting by mail under the state election code.

Despite pandemic, Bay Area transportation projects making progress

Contractors in Clear Lake and League City are moving forward on major transportation work. Some projects, such as the widening of I-45, may even be completed sooner because of lighter traffic from residents staying home.



METRO heightens preventative COVID-19 measures

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is taking more drastic measures to enforce social distancing on buses.

Houston takeout: Easter specials and other options around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose

Restaurants around the Houston area are offering special Easter menus to enjoy at home.

State legislators request federal officials halt activity on Texas Central's high-speed rail project

Republican elected officials penned a letter April 6 asking the federal government to stop Texas Central’s high-speed rail project, alleging the private company does not have the financial resources to continue. The project’s funding has come into doubt following Texas Central announcing 28 layoffs amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Adriana Rezal, Hunter Marrow, Matt Dulin, Jen Para and Danica Smithwick contributed to this report.


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