1:58 PM Jul 23, 2020 CDT

Houston Sustainability Office gets $2M boost from BP

The effort aims to assist in the city's goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


Heavy rains, flash flooding possible this weekend near Houston-Galveston area from Tropical Depression 8

The greatest chance of tropical storm-force winds, at maximum speeds of 35 miles per hour, will be around Matagorda Bay—roughly 100 miles from both Houston and Galveston.



Harris County clerk requests early voting extension, pilots drive-thru voting ahead of November election

The Harris County Clerk's Office became the first in Texas history to pilot drive-thru voting on July 10—the last day of early voting for the July primary runoff.


Hotel revenue down in Bay Area; tourism groups shift focus to daytrippers

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Harris and Galveston counties, local tourism groups have reported a drop in hotel and motel revenue.



Mounted patrol marks 30 years, summer activities ranked by COVID-19 risk: News from Houston area

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


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$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.


Galveston County sees 115% increase in COVID-19 cases in July

The county reported an additional 184 coronavirus cases and two new deaths July 22.


Houston may allow restaurant owners to convert parking lots to outdoor dining areas

The effort reflects similar proposals in Austin and Atlanta.


Houston official: US has lost 6 years of job growth due to pandemic downturn

Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.



Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.


As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects

With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.


Here are 5 summertime activities in the Bay Area, ranked by COVID-19 risk level

Karen Alexander, a nursing professor at University of Houston-Clear Lake, said some activities are safer than others, even while following proper public health guidelines.


College of the Mainland to complete new facility construction in August

College of the Mainland plans to complete construction of its new facility at 1411 W. Main St., League City, in time for the new school year, which begins Aug. 24.



Harris County coronavirus count: 1,385 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 21

The percentage of ICU patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Harris County continues to hover in the 43%-47% range.


Galveston County hits new record single-day COVID-19 death total

Coronavirus cases have increased by 110% over the course of the month.


League City City Council reverses course, votes to give Galveston County CARES Act money

League City City Council on July 21 reversed a vote made July 14, resulting in League City agreeing to give up to 18% of its CARES Act funding to Galveston County for COVID-19 funding.


‘It’s been rough’: Kemah business owners fear closure amid slow tourist season due to COVID-19

Small business owners in Kemah are struggling to make ends meet as sales continue to decline.



Hey, Houston-area parents: When will your child go back to school? Find out here.

Houston-area districts discuss online and in-person learning options.


UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


NEW: Clear Creek ISD announces delayed, multi-phased school start dates for students

Whether students choose Clear Connections or in-person education, they will start classes in their chosen format between Aug. 24 and Sept. 8.