May 2 roundup: This week's top 5 stories from Houston

H-E-B officials reported employees have tested positive for coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
H-E-B officials reported employees have tested positive for coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

H-E-B officials reported employees have tested positive for coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the top five stories from this past week on Community Impact Newspaper's website.

5. Montgomery County residents raise concerns over property appraisals during coronavirus outbreak

Homeowners in Montgomery County expressed concern after appraisal notices showed increased property values despite the coronavirus pandemic.

4. H-E-B Champion Forest Market employee tests positive for coronavirus, officials report

H-E-B reported April 23 that an employee at a location in Spring had tested positive for the coronavirus.



3. CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Fort Bend County now has more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the virus

In Fort Bend County, 1,018 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed as of April 29, with the majority of cases originating from unincorporated areas.

2. Cy-Fair ISD officials reschedule proms, graduation for class of 2020

Cy-Fair ISD proms will be held throughout mid- and late June, and graduation ceremonies are scheduled for July with backup dates set for August.

1. Two Cypress-area grocery stores report employees test positive for coronavirus

H-E-B announced two Cypress locations had an employee test positive for the coronavirus.

Adriana Rezal, Danica Smithwick, Claire Shoop and Andy Li contributed to this report.


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The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

New features and activities will include a five-story waterslide, catapult swing and Houston's longest swim-up bar.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In June 2018, in response to Hurricane Harvey, League City City Council made its development standards stricter to help mitigate flooding for new developments. Now, the council is considering relaxing those ordinances at staff’s request. (Courtesy city of League City)
League City City Council debates whether to loosen flood standards for developments

In June 2018, in response to Hurricane Harvey, League City City Council made its development standards stricter to help mitigate flooding for new developments. Now, the council is considering relaxing those ordinances at staff’s request.

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
County commissioners expand scope of flood tunnel study as next phase nears completion

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou.

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League City City Council rezones more land for commercial development

Similar to the zoning change approved in late April, League City City Council on May 11 approved another zoning change to align land uses.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Clear Creek ISD officials said recounting election votes will be a first for the district. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Clear Creek ISD to recount votes from District 5 race

Unofficial results show incumbent Jay Cunningham won re-election with 1,406 of the votes. His opponents, Christine Parizo and Keith Esthay, earned 841 and 10 votes, respectively.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year