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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In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

Craft Burger is one of 15 restaurants, catering companies and food trucks participating in this year's Black Restaurant Week. (Courtesy Craft Burger)
Houston's fifth annual Black Restaurant Week returns July 10-19

Participating patrons can play Black Restaurant Week Bingo and vote for their favorite participating eateries for a chance to win prizes such as restaurant gift cards, culinary treats and cash prizes.

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8, down from over 1,000 July 7, a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown." (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 701 new cases confirmed as hospitalizations hold steady July 8

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8—down from over 1,000 July 7—a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown."

The design plans for several League City drainage projects will go before City Council for approval later this month. (Courtesy city of League City)
League City officials give updates on drainage projects amid hurricane season

Officials detailed the design process and provided rough timelines for projects in several flood-prone neighborhoods.

Six-thousand delegates were expected to attend the State of Texas Republican Party convention July 16-18. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Houston First Corp. cancels Texas GOP convention under guidance from Mayor Turner

The decision came one week before 6,000 delegates were expected to attend the event at the George R. Brown Convention Center

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2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

How It Works: Houston Police Department budget breakdown

Protests have put city budgets across the U.S. in the spotlight. Here's a breakdown of where HPD comes from and what it goes toward.

Home sales were up across most pricing categories in Houston in June, with a 15.7% jump as compared to the same period last year. (Community Impact staff)
Despite COVID-19, year-over-year Houston-area home sales up nearly 16% in June

Home sales were up across most pricing categories in Houston in June, with a 15.7% jump as compared to the same period last year.

Emler Swim School operates 28 year-round locations in Texas and Kansas. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)
Emler Swim School now offering interactive lessons online

Families can choose to receive training via weekly video calls or through instructional videos online.

Protests after the death of Houstonian George Floyd have spurred ongoing discussions about police reform at City Hall. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Body cameras, equipment become flashpoint between Houston City Council, police

Discussions about equipment became heated among council members as they sought transparency from HPD Chief Art Acevedo.

Eligible businesses in Harris County may receive a grant of up to $25,000. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Applications open soon for Harris County's $30 million small business assistance program

Eligible small businesses may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to cover payroll costs, rent and other operating expenses.