Protests throughout Houston and more: Popular stories from this week

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

After the killing of George Floyd, a black man from Houston’s Third Ward, in Minneapolis police custody May 25 led to demonstrations throughout the country, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster and deployed National Guard troops to multiple cities.

George Floyd visitation, funeral scheduled for June 8-9 in Houston area

A public memorial for Floyd will be held June 8 at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston.



Fort Bend County prepares for Tropical Storm Cristobal

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management is preparing to activate at a moment’s notice if Tropical Storm Cristobal, which is currently in Mexico, reaches the area.

UPDATED: Protesters convene in downtown Conroe over George Floyd's death

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Conroe on May 31 to peacefully mourn Floyd. A Conroe Police Department sergeant praised the organizers for working with police before the event.

Montgomery County commissioners greenlight $500 economic stimulus proposal

Montgomery County will move forward with a plan to send homeowners who complete an application $500 stimulus checks following the approval of the Commissioners Court.

Ben Thompson, Claire Shoop, Jen Para, Andy Li and Eva Vigh contributed to this report.


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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 coronavirs 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.

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League City to concentrate on birding, boating to promote tourism

As residents nationwide prepare to travel in the summer and fall months to escape the cabin fever coronavirus-related restrictions have brought, League City is positioning itself to promote birding and boating.

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Judge Mark Henry starts Galveston County COVID-19 task force; League City Council Member Hank Dugie will chair

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry is putting together a countywide COVID-19 business task force. Henry has appointed League City City Council Member Hank Dugie to chair the COVID-19 Business Taskforce.