ROUNDUP: Most popular Houston-area stories from the past week

Here are the top Houston-area stories from the previous week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Houston may furlough all employees except police, fire to help make up $200 million budget shortfall, mayor pro tem says

Attempting to make up for a projected $200 million projected budget shortfall resulting from the economic downturn, the city of Houston will likely furlough most of its employees, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin said.

Harris County issues new Stay Home-Work Safe order through May 20 aligned with state guidelines

On the same day the governor allowed certain businesses to reopen, Harris County issued an updated order May 1 to reflect these changes and emphasize the need to limit gatherings and stay home except for essential activities.



Houston passes $15 million rental assistance program

Houston City Council approved a $15 million fund May 7 to assist lower-income residents struggling to pay rent because of coronavirus-related wage losses.

PHOTOS: Katy-area economy begins to reopen

Katy Editor Jen Para captured the scene as retailers and restaurant dining rooms in the area began to reopen May 1.

Dining in: Tomball, Magnolia restaurants have mixed feelings about eased coronavirus restrictions

Restaurant owners’ reactions to being allowed to reopen for dine-in service ranged from excitement to hesitation and worry.

Jake Magee, Shawn Arrajj, Emma Whalen, Jen Para and Dylan Sherman contributed to this report.


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With little discussion April 5, Friendswood City Council voted in favor of a resolution to show support for House Bill 3029, the passage of which would result in the creation of a taxing entity to help fund the operation of the proposed coastal barrier. (Community Impact staff)
Friendswood joins League City in supporting creation of Gulf Coast Protection District

With little discussion April 5, Friendswood City Council voted in favor of a resolution to show support for House Bill 3029, the passage of which would result in the creation of a taxing entity to help fund the operation of the proposed coastal barrier.

The temporary waiver covering initial vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, renewal of permanent disabled parking placards and 30-day temporary permits will end April 14. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
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After serving up chicken in College Station for nearly three decades, Layne’s Chicken Fingers is opening its first location in the Houston area in Katy. (Courtesy Layne's Chicken Fingers)
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Less than 25% of American office workers have returned to in-person office settings since the start of the pandemic. (Courtesy Pixabay)
DATA: Texas metros lead the nation in return to in-person work since start of pandemic

About 37% of Houston office employees had returned to in-person work as of the end of March, as compared to an average of less than 25% in other major U.S. metros.

In order to move to Level 2 on the threat level system, Hidalgo said the county would need to get down to an average of 400 new COVID-19 cases reported daily, a positivity rate of 5% and an ICU population of 15%. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
'We're close' Hidalgo says of possibility for Harris County to lower COVID-19 threat level

In order to move to Level 2 on the threat level system, Hidalgo said the county would need to get down to an average of 400 new COVID-19 cases reported daily, a positivity rate of 5% and an ICU population of 15%.

Clear Creek ISD candidates spoke during a forum April 6 before the May election. (Courtesy i45now)
Clear Creek ISD candidates weigh in on issues before election

Clear Creek ISD candidates spoke during a forum April 6 before the May election.

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Federal judge approves Houston’s $2 billion answer to Clean Water Act lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging that persistent sewage overflows in Houston violate the Clean Water Act has resulted in a 15-year, $2 billion infrastructure overhaul plan approved by a federal judge April 2.

According to the release, three STAAR tests were affected by the connectivity issues including fourth grade writing, seventh grade writing and English I. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
TEA Student Assessment Division calls STAAR Online Testing Platform connectivity issues 'completely unacceptable'

According to the release, three STAAR tests were affected by the connectivity issues including fourth grade writing, seventh grade writing and English I.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order April 5 banning governments from issuing "vaccine passport" mandates that would require residents to show proof of vaccination in order to enter a public place or receive services. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
New order from Gov. Greg Abbott bans government-mandated 'vaccine passports' in Texas

"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," Abbott said.

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Houston political groups eye November for election on mayoral power limits

The group includes a range of representatives, including Democratic Socialists and Republicans.