11:32 AM Jul 31, 2020 CDT

Houston to consider new $15 million round of rent relief; advocates continue to call for grace period

Houston renters could become eligible for a second round of rental relief funds in August.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,724 new cases, 21 deaths confirmed July 30

The vast majority of the new cases and deaths were confirmed in the city of Houston.




New in Bellaire: Jersey Mike's, Salata, Boxwood Dentistry, more open in Bellaire Town Center

Bellaire Town Center is seeing more new tenants open their doors.


Houston coronavirus updates: Bilingual campaign targets Hispanic community; mayor to announce renter support effort

Mayor Sylvester Turner briefed the press July 30 on a new bilingual outreach campaign and a soon-to-be-announced tenant protection measure.


Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.



Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.


Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.



Purchase of helmets, face shields for Houston police draws questions from council members

The vote turned into a broader discussion on protesting and the militarization of police equipment.



Houston City Council approves $15 million small business relief fund

Businesses making less than $2 million in revenue are encourage to apply when the program opens in mid-August.


New sign ordinance aims to make Houston airport corridors more visually appealing

The new rules are intended to help give visitors a better first impression of the city, proponents said.


Harris County coronavirus count: Hospitalization trends remain flat

The hospitalization trendline has slowly been moving downward in the county since around July 9. It has remained almost completely unchanged over the past five days.


FEMA adapts disaster responses due to convergence of COVID-19, busy hurricane season

FEMA has adjusted its pre- and post-disaster response due to COVID-19.



Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Harris County prepares for surge in evictions as federal protections, unemployment boost end

With August rent due this weekend, housing advocates are calling on the county to act fast.




American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,465 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 28

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.