11:46 AM Jul 21, 2020 CDT

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.


Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.


Harris County coronavirus count: 9 deaths confirmed July 20, including 2 Houston Public Works employees

A total of 1,326 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed July 20 in Harris County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 57,095, including 37,844 active cases and 18,706 recovered cases.





Harris County judge, health director: Local schools should not open for in-person classes before October

"The prevalence of the virus in our community means that it would be unsafe for schools to return in-person at this time or in the near future," county officials wrote in a July 20 letter.


Texas Medical Center: Despite declining hospitalizations, COVID-19 ICU use continues to rise

Nearly half of all ICU beds in use in TMC institutions were occupied by patients with the viral disease.



3 challenges facing Harris County's election office leading up to the November election

High turnout in July primary runoff elections has set the stage for potentially record-breaking turnout in November.


Bellaire Broiler temporarily closed during transition to new management

Bellaire Broiler Burger has been closed since mid-June.



Daddy's Burgers pop-up is headed for Rice Village as Kitchen at the Dunlavy reopens

It will be next door to Coppa Osteria, another Clark Cooper restaurant, in Rice Village.



Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Houston the week of July 20

Here is the latest information on how and where to find coronavirus testing locations in Houston




Here are 3 things to know about the extended Paycheck Protection Program

Houston-based attorney Juan Vasquez offered several tips and insights for business owners looking for relief as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19.



Federal judge rules GOP can hold in-person convention in Houston

The GOP had lost all legal appeals until today's ruling by a federal judge.


Texas Education Agency receives $200M in CARES Act funds for e-learning devices, internet connectivity solutions

The Texas Education Agency will receive $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding for the purchase of e-learning devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning for students who lack connectivity in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.


Tour Houston’s public art virtually or in person with new citywide mural map

The map include photos of and artist information about over 800 murals.


Texas Education Agency to allow for up to 8 weeks of online-only instruction at onset of 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts now have the option of offering online-only classes for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year, according to additional guidance released by the Texas Education Agency on July 17.



Federal, state leaders take steps to streamline forest land protection, coastal restoration efforts in Texas

According to the July 16 news release, the agreement will focus on encouraging strong, long-term forest management programs, promoting sound and scientific silvicultural practices, and aligning various agency land management activities to meet common goals


Houston ISD resumes curbside meal pickup July 20 through end of the summer

The curbside program was put on hold for two weeks amid fears of rising COVID-19 cases.