4:10 PM Apr 9, 2021 CDT

Friendswood joins League City in supporting creation of Gulf Coast Protection District

With little discussion April 5, Friendswood City Council voted in favor of a resolution to show support for House Bill 3029, the passage of which would result in the creation of a taxing entity to help fund the operation of the proposed coastal barrier.


12:15 PM Apr 12, 2021 CDT

IMPACTS ROUNDUP: H-E-B coming to Clear Lake and more

Here is a roundup of recent business news in Clear Lake and League City.


ERCOT requests Texans conserve energy amid 'emergency conditions' evening of April 13, but no power outages expected

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.



Harris County supports creation of new criminal district court to tackle case backlog

If the efforts are successful, this would be Harris County's first new criminal district court since 1984 when the 351st District Court was created.


State, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Hub providers in Dallas, Harris and Travis counties have all announced they will follow the recommendations and pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


DMV officials say no grace period following waiver of car title, registration; new housing set for Magnolia, Cypress

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.


Series shot in Montgomery County aiming for Hulu, Netflix deal and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.


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Layne's Chicken Fingers coming to Katy; Gyro King opens in Sugar Land and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.



DATA: Texas metros lead the nation in return to in-person work since start of pandemic

About 37% of Houston office employees had returned to in-person work as of the end of March, as compared to an average of less than 25% in other major U.S. metros.


'We're close' Hidalgo says of possibility for Harris County to lower COVID-19 threat level

In order to move to Level 2 on the threat level system, Hidalgo said the county would need to get down to an average of 400 new COVID-19 cases reported daily, a positivity rate of 5% and an ICU population of 15%.



Clear Creek ISD candidates weigh in on issues before election

Clear Creek ISD candidates spoke during a forum April 6 before the May election.


Federal judge approves Houston’s $2 billion answer to Clean Water Act lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging that persistent sewage overflows in Houston violate the Clean Water Act has resulted in a 15-year, $2 billion infrastructure overhaul plan approved by a federal judge April 2.


TEA Student Assessment Division calls STAAR Online Testing Platform connectivity issues 'completely unacceptable'

According to the release, three STAAR tests were affected by the connectivity issues including fourth grade writing, seventh grade writing and English I.


New order from Gov. Greg Abbott bans government-mandated 'vaccine passports' in Texas

"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," Abbott said.



Federal relief offers Houston way to avert fiscal disaster—for now

A $615 million influx of federal funds will help Houston stave off a potentially disastrous budget season, Houston Controller Chris Brown said.


Cream puff shop coming to Spring; Boricua's Bakery opens in Katy and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.


Houston political groups eye November for election on mayoral power limits

The group includes a range of representatives, including Democratic Socialists and Republicans.


H-GAC gathering feedback on proposed updates to 2045 regional transportation plan

Proposed additions include restructuring the San Jacinto River bridge and altering the scope of the Hempstead Highway project in northwest Houston.



Officials: No grace period to follow end of statewide waiver for vehicle title, registration requirements

Officials with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced April 5 there will be no grace period following the end of the temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registration requirements this month.


League City's first local drainage project underway

Almost two years since voters overwhelmingly approved $73 million worth of bonds for local flood mitigation projects, the first of several is officially underway.


New Fort Bend ISD schools get names; H-GAC passes I-45 resolution and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.


Crews installing fiber optic cabling in League City

Crews are in the process of installing high-speed fiber optic cabling on League City's west side, according to a city press release.



Clear Creek ISD board approves design development for Ross Elementary School reconstruction

With unanimous approval March 22, Clear Creek ISD will soon move forward with plans to develop the design for Ross Elementary School.


Houston politicians eye METRORail link to Hobby Airport as Congress mulls $2 trillion infrastructure bill

If passed as proposed, the American Jobs Plan would set aside about $620 billion for infrastructure improvements, $300 billion for affordable housing, and $300 billion for manufacturing and small businesses, among other spending priorities.