ROUNDUP: North Houston communities continue coronavirus response

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is offering Easter breakfast packages. (Courtesy Rebecca Simms/Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar)
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is offering Easter breakfast packages. (Courtesy Rebecca Simms/Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar)

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is offering Easter breakfast packages. (Courtesy Rebecca Simms/Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar)

Here is what North Houston readers should know about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the area.

Coronavirus, unstable oil market challenge energy industry

Combined with a worldwide drop in oil prices, the coronavirus is threatening the economic future of one of the Houston area’s largest industries.

Harris County Attorney's Office authorized to file amicus brief supporting mail-in ballots amid coronavirus outbreak

The Texas Democratic Party is entering a legal battle with the governor and secretary of state to allow voters to mail in ballots during the pandemic. Despite reservations from the county’s Republican commissioners, the Harris County Attorney’s Office will submit an amicus brief—a legal document filed by an entity not involved in a lawsuit—arguing the coronavirus meets criteria for voting by mail under the state election code.



State legislators request federal officials halt activity on Texas Central's high-speed rail project

Republican elected officials penned a letter April 6 asking the federal government to stop Texas Central’s high-speed rail project, alleging the private company does not have the financial resources to continue. The project’s funding has come into doubt following Texas Central announcing 28 layoffs amid the coronavirus outbreak.

METRO heightens preventative COVID-19 measures

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is taking more drastic measures to enforce social distancing on buses.

Cy-Fair businesses supply Easter meals, baskets

Restaurants around the Houston area are offering special Easter menus to enjoy at home.

Ben Thompson, Vanessa Holt, Adriana Rezal, Danica Smithwick and Hunter Marrow contributed to this report.



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The median price of homes sold in ZIP code 77306 saw the greatest percent increase year over year in January. (Community Impact staff)
Check out this month's featured neighborhood, Crighton Ridge in Conroe

Crighton Ridge, located in Conroe, includes parks, a playground and a pond for residents to enjoy.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montgomery ISD trustees adopted a resolution calling for the state to prioritize school district employees in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, according to a release from the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery ISD trustees urge state to prioritize educators in vaccine distribution

"Since day one of this challenging school year, our teachers and school district staff have been heroes for our students,” Board President Matt Fuller said in the release.

The bacon-wrapped center-cut ribeye, a special item not on the menu, ($28) is served on a bed of artismal grits and Brussels sprouts with fresh shrimp kabobs. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe diner Honor Cafe seeks to recognize, remember veterans with photos, flags

“Every one of these pictures represents an incredible life and story,” owner Chris Sadler said.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough addressed his guilty plea in a Feb. 24 Facebook video. (Screenshot via Mark Keough Facebook)
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough pleads guilty to DWI charge in September crash

According to a Feb. 24 court filing, Keough's plea bargain terms include fines and a three-month driver's license suspension.