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Q&A: Medical expert discusses what parents, teachers should consider when schools reopen in 2020-21

As the new school year approaches, districts are tasked with protecting students and staff from further COVID-19 spread while parents face tough decisions.

Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.

Houses with workspace in demand as staying at home becomes norm

Realtors and developers said homebuyers want more office space and space for their children to do schoolwork, plus yards and access to trails.

Gov. Greg Abbott appoints Vince Santini as Montgomery County 457th Judicial District Court judge

Santini will go on to face Democratic nominee Marc M. Meyer, chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, in the November general election.

Conroe ISD superintendent lays out framework for districtwide remote learning

“It’s about opening school and not closing school again,” Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null said.

Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.

Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.

Montgomery County reports 3 deaths related to COVID-19, 37 new active cases July 23

Hospitalizations and recoveries also rose July 23, according to the county public health department.

Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.

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.

Darrel's Catering now open in Conroe

Darrel's Catering opened July 16 at 101 Silverdale Drive, Conroe.

Amid pandemic, home buyers eye Lake Conroe for vacation getaway

The lake is trending as a destination for homeowners seeking a second home.

Montgomery ISD to begin school with remote learning

Students age 10 years and older will wear masks when in-person instruction resumes.

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.

$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.

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.

Montgomery County adds 95 new active cases, confirms 50th COVID-19-related death July 22

2,637 people have clinically recovered, according to MCPHD.

All Willis ISD students to do remote learning for first part of 2020-21 school year

"If you ask for guidance, you can't ignore it if you don't like it," Willis ISD Superintendent Tim Harkrider said.

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.

Conroe ISD urges state to waive STAAR testing, accountability ratings for 2020-21 school year

“When we do return to campus full-speed Sept. 8, ... every school moment is going to be precious,” Superintendent Curtis Null said.

Buying a home during a pandemic? See how open houses in Greater Houston have trended

Appointments for property showings are rising as restrictions ease and more virtual showings are offered.