4:08 PM Sep 21, 2021 CDT

Bellaire City Council roundup: Council approves budget, lump-sum payment for overpaid sales tax

Bellaire general fund revenues equal almost $23.2 million, with expenditures just shy of $23 million.


8:51 PM Sep 14, 2021 CDT

Harris County commissioners terminate $11 million Elevate Strategies vaccine outreach contract

“There’s absolutely nothing done here that was in any way deviating from the most adequate protocols, and what is sad … [is] that the COVID response is being politicized." -Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo


Comcast Rise Investment Fund to award small business grants in Harris, Fort Bend counties

Comcast will award $1 million to small businesses owned by people of color in Fort Bend and Harris counties.




I-69 at Loop 610 to be closed Sept. 24-27, Oct. 1-4

North and south main lanes will close Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. until Sept. 27 at 5 a.m. and then from Oct. 1-4


Hilton opens new dual-branded hotel at Texas Medical Center

The dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton offers a total of 300 rooms.


Texas Medical Center: Fall 2023 completion announced for research hub for life science campus expansion project

A new research building is underway that will be located in the heart of a future 37-acre TMC3 campus.



Harris County Commissioners propose tax cuts at cost of Harris Health System funding

On average, Harris County homeowners may see lower tax rates in the next year, but it will come at the cost of $17 million in funding for the county’s hospital district, according to Harris County Administrator David Berry.


Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy announces MusicFest return in 2021

Patrons can enjoy a free festival that will include a lineup of 57 musicians, a Haunted House Maze, Trunk or Treat and costume contests.


Houston-Galveston Area Council celebrates 55th anniversary

The Houston-Galveston Area Council will be celebrating its 55th anniversary this October.


Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.



Houston loosens taxicab regulations

The changes, approved by city council Sept. 15, reflect a new approach to the city’s relationship with taxicab operators.


Ion opens call for art with installations forthcoming

Looking for art to showcase in display windows, The Ion and Rice Management Company are calling for preliminary installation proposals from local artists.


Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% week over week decline.




New Houston-area all-girls hockey league set to play first games this weekend, Sept. 17-19

The league was created to give school-aged girls a chance to continue playing hockey through college, since young girls can often feel discouraged playing on co-ed teams, Director of Membership Valory Zeck said.


DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.


I-69 at Loop 610 to be closed in Houston Sept. 18-19

Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route than that stretch of I-69.


Harmony Public Schools will offer virtual learning for K-12 students in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress

Schools under the Harmony Public Schools umbrella may offer up to 10% of its student body a full virtual learning option.



Harris County commissioners propose lower tax rates with split vote

While the proposed tax rate is lower than the current rate, tax payers may actually end up paying more since the values of homes statewide increased this year, according to County Administrator David Berry.


‘It could have been a lot worse': Houston begins cleanup after Hurricane Nicholas

Over 150,000 residents were still without power as of the mayor’s morning update.


Shelters open to aid those affected by Hurricane Nicholas

Shelters have been opened by the American Red Cross to help those in need following the storm.


Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo encourages residents to stay off roads, reports no fatalities due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

Hidalgo also said she expects all Harris County COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites to be open Sept. 15.



METRO operating on limited service in aftermath of Hurricane Nicholas

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County on Sept. 14 resumed limited services.


UPDATED: Some CenterPoint customers may be without power for days following Hurricane Nicholas damage

As of 6:37 p.m. Sept. 14, more than 120,000 remaiined without power across the Greater Houston area.