MAY 16 ROUNDUP: Popular stories from this week in Houston

Applications for Houston's rental assistance program open at 10 a.m. May 13. (File photo)
Applications for Houston's rental assistance program open at 10 a.m. May 13. (File photo)

Applications for Houston's rental assistance program open at 10 a.m. May 13. (File photo)

Here are some of the most read articles from the past week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Rent relief: How to apply for Houston's rental assistance program

Applications opened March 13 for a city of Houston program aimed at assisting about 6,000 lower-income households with paying missed April and May rent.

Property values soar as sales tax drops in Pearland but rises in Friendswood

City officials from Pearland and Friendswood said it is too soon to tell how the coronavirus will affect their budgets as they plan for the next fiscal year.



H-E-B, Magnolia Place construction put on hold in Magnolia

A planned H-E-B in Magnolia has been put on hold indefinitely as the grocery company focuses its resources on handling an increase in demand for curbside pickup and delivery services during the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATED: Brazoria County portion of Hwy. 288 to be completed in May

The Brazoria County construction on Hwy. 288 will be substantially completed by the end of the month.

DATA: Here are companies with the highest number of Houston-area layoffs so far in 2020

Texas Workforce Commission data shows companies in the restaurant, health care, entertainment and energy industries have had the most layoffs in the Gulf Coast region this year.

Emma Whalen, Haley Morrison, Dylan Sherman, Morgan Slutzky and Jen Para contributed to this report.


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The 1,535 new cases is the second largest number of new cases to be reported in a single day in the county, behind only the 1,994 cases reported June 22. (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1,535 new cases, six deaths confirmed July 7

See the latest data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Harris County.

Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Church on Hwy. 249, is one of four pastors who are urging pastors across the region to work together in seeking unity. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
4 Houston-area pastors take steps urging racial unity across region

"We wanted to unite as many pastors as possible around some basic common denominators that we felt like could make a real impact in our city and move some things forward in the area of racial injustice in our city," said Jason Shepperd, the lead pastor of Church Project in The Woodlands.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center was rated the No. 1 hospital in Houston by the Massachusetts-based Lown Institute. (Ben Thompson/ Community Impact Newspaper)
Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals rank in top 10 in the nation

Six of the top 10 hospitals in the Houston area are part of the Memorial Hermann Health System.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Museum scales back reopening, bar owners react to second shutdown and more: Houston-area business, community news

Read the latest news from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

In-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement are now being offered at driver license offices across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.

The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.

Coronavirus cases surging in the Bay Area

As the economy continues to restart and businesses have begun to reopen, COVID-19 cases are surging in Galveston and Harris counties, resulting in the highest number of new daily cases since the pandemic began.

Houston, League City police departments changing in wake of George Floyd’s death

A late-May video of native Houstonian George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody spurred nationwide protests such as the one in Houston and a few in League City and the Bay Area seeking justice and police reform.

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El Dorado Boulevard widening underway

After a few months of delays, the widening of El Dorado Boulevard in Clear Lake is officially underway.