Amazon facility coming to Missouri City, Fort Bend ISD faces possible budget shortfall and more top Houston-area news

Amazon is opening a 1 million-square-foot facility at 2303 Hurricane Lane, Fresno, in 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Amazon)
Amazon is opening a 1 million-square-foot facility at 2303 Hurricane Lane, Fresno, in 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Amazon)

Amazon is opening a 1 million-square-foot facility at 2303 Hurricane Lane, Fresno, in 2021. (Screenshot courtesy Amazon)

Read the top news from the past week from the Houston area.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Amazon fulfillment center coming to Missouri City in 2021

E-commerce retailer Amazon announced it will open a fulfillment center in Missouri City in 2021, according to a Dec. 7 press release.

Fort Bend ISD faces projected $22M revenue shortfall; considers tax rate increase



Fort Bend ISD is projecting a $22 million revenue shortfall when compared to budgeted amounts, according to first quarter financial data presented during the Dec. 7 board of trustees meeting.

Spring-Klein

Spring ISD outlines changes ahead of spring semester, announces districtwide virtual academy opening August 2021

Ahead of the spring semester, Spring ISD officials have announced that changes will be implemented in hopes of improving remote and in-person instruction for teachers and students.

Crawfish, shrimp, crab and fish are on the menu at Off the Hook Seafood in Spring

Following its soft launch late this summer, Off the Hook Seafood has been open for dine-in and takeout orders in northeastern Spring ahead of a future grand opening.

Katy

Firedisc Cookers opens in Katy

Firedisc Cookers held a grand opening Nov. 21 at 25302 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. H140, Katy. The 4,600-square-foot store offers high-quality outdoor grills and accessories.

Claire Shoop, Hannah Zedaker, Laura Aebi and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.



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House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications will open May 17 for small businesses seeking monetary relief through Fort Bend County's small business emergency grant program because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy Pexels)
New funding available soon for small businesses hit by COVID-19 in Fort Bend County

Small businesses in Fort Bend County that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can soon apply for up to $25,000 in relief due to new funding made available by the county.

3323 Oaklawn Place Drive, a 1,804-square-foot house in Olympia Estates, sold for between $185,001-$215,000 on Jan. 30. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Median price of homes sold increased across Sugar Land, Missouri City year over year in March

Find recent real estate trends, plus information on the Missouri City neighborhood Olympia Estates here.

Dry Eye & Specialty Center opened April 22 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Pexels)
Dry Eye & Specialty Center opens on University Boulevard in Sugar Land

The practice offers optometry services such as routine exams as well as treatment for eye diseases and other causes of dry and itchy eyes.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on May 10 expanded Pfizer's emergency use authorization to include adolescents ages 12-15. (Courtesy Pexels)
Fort Bend County residents ages 10-20 make up majority of recent COVID-19 cases

The majority of recent COVID-19 cases in Fort Bend County have been infections among residents between the ages of 10 and 20, according to county officials.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Property owners who believe an error was made in determining their property's value can use the protest process to reduce their tax burden. (Courtesy Pexels)
Deadline for residents, business owners to protest Fort Bend County property values is May 17

Property owners who believe an error was made in determining their property's value can use the protest process to reduce their tax burden.

During the 2021-22 school year, Fort Bend ISD plans to require individuals to wear masks when moving about indoors in large crowds and when unable to separate from others by at least 3 feet. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend ISD will continue to require masks in 2021-22 school year

Students and staff at Fort Bend ISD will be required to wear masks when moving about indoors in crowded spaces and when unable to socially distance from others during the 2021-22 school year, district officials announced May 10.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic college in Houston. It also has a microcampus in downtown Conroe. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas offering free tuition to first 500 students who apply

The online degrees are in the following fields: cybersecurity, network technology, electronic technology, general business, and alcohol and drug dependency counseling.