7:05 PM May 20, 2020 CDT

Houston controller: City’s revenue losses will be more extreme than budget predicts

The city controller's office predicts Houston's savings account will have $100 million less left in it than the proposed budget predicts.


5:33 PM May 20, 2020 CDT

METRO sales tax revenue could see over $100 million hit in fiscal year 2020-21

The agency expects to use at least $180 million in CARES Act grant funds to cover revenue losses.


I-45 and League City Parkway intersection improvements underway

As a part of the I-45 widening project between FM 518 and FM 517, the Texas Department of Transportation is reconstructing the intersection of I-45 and League City Parkway to improve traffic flow.



Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

Read the most popular stories covering the Greater Houston area from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.


Outriggers Fish Taco Co. opens Clear Lake Shores food truck

The food truck, which staff said is the beginning of a fleet of mobile food trucks, sells fish, shrimp, beef and chicken tacos as well as burgers and sandwiches.


Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.


Harris County unanimously votes to increase homestead exemptions for seniors, the disabled

Harris County homeowners who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities can expect property tax relief this year in the form of expanded property tax exemptions.


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LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.


Texas Medical Center reports continued week-over-week increases in COVID discharges, deaths; hospitalizations, ICU numbers remain steady

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks.


Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.


Luis Hernandez opening third Allstate agency on Gulf Freeway near Friendswood, Bay Area

Luis Hernandez is opening his third Allstate Insurance Agency at 14200 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 200, Houston, on June 1.



Moody Gardens reopens hotel, attractions

Moody Gardens reopened its golf course May 4.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Harris County coronavirus count: 188 new cases, 141 recoveries and six deaths confirmed May 21

Active cases of COVID-19 came in at 6,012 in Harris County as of May 21, up from 5,208 one week ago on May 14. However, the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have remained flat over that time.


MAY 21 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Galveston County reported 11 additional coronavirus cases and two new recoveries May 21, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.



As hurricane season nears, Harris County reworks flood bond plans

The district is creating locally funded, watershed-spanning implementation plans in Halls Bayou after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not approve federal funding.


Lone Star Flight Museum reopens for Memorial Day Weekend

The museum will reopen Saturday, May 23 with a celebration.


Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.


Houston keeps parks open Memorial Day weekend with restrictions

Houston will keep parks open and pools closed for the holiday weekend.



Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extends 'Stay Home, Work Safe' order, releases worker protection guidelines

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the extension of the county's "Stay Home, Work Safe" order and released worker guidelines for the retail and construction industries during a press conference May 21.



MAY 20 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Galveston County reported six additional coronavirus cases and seven new recoveries on May 20, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.


Harris County coronavirus count: 236 new cases brings case total above 10,000

Of the 10,095 known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data.



League City business coach predicts unstable days ahead for independent gyms

The future is still uncertain for Bay Area businesses, including independent gyms.


State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.