Gov. Abbott bans all COVID-19 vaccine mandates; The Woodlands ends ExxonMobil tax abatement and more top Houston-area news

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

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Gov. Abbott signs executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates


Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Oct. 11 banning all forms of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, his office said in a press release.

The Woodlands


ExxonMobil's $1.1M tax abatement with The Woodlands Township terminated


The Woodlands Township terminated $1.1 million in tax abatement agreements with ExxonMobil on Oct. 11 after the company said it would not be able to maintain the required number of staff at buildings it occupies in The Woodlands’ buildings at Hughes Landing.

Concerns voiced over Grogan's Mill Village Center vacancies

Empty storefronts at Grogan’s Mill Village Center over the past year and a half have raised concerns about the center’s survival among area business owners and residents.

Spring-Klein

Cassandra’s Louisiana Kitchen opens off FM 1960 in North Houston

Cassandra's Louisiana Kitchen, located at 5203 FM 1960 W., Ste. G, Houston, opened on Aug. 6.

Pearland-Friendswood

Old Pearland Farmers Market opening soon at Independence Park

Old Pearland Farmers Market, which will be located at Independence Park at 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, plans to open on Oct. 16.

Jishnu Nair, Emily Lincke, Vanessa Holt, Andrew Christman and Andy Yanez contributed to this report.