2:56 PM Sep 17, 2020 CDT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.


7:08 PM Sep 14, 2020 CDT

City of Houston tasks human trafficking office to support domestic violence victims

Since pandemic restrictions began, the Houston Area Women’s Center has experienced a 40% increase in calls for help, and municipal courts have seen as high as a 90% increase in requests, officials said.


Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.



Texas Supreme Court issues order strengthening CDC eviction moratorium

The action aims to strengthen a federal order that renters' advocates say has been falling short in eviction court.


Houston ISD opens school choice application window for 2021-22

Houston ISD is opening its school choice application window earlier than previous years but with an earlier deadline as well.


After extensive renovation, Rothko Chapel set to welcome visitors again

Admission to the Rothko Chapel is free, but tickets will be required, and visits will be limited to 30 minutes.


Bankruptcy a possibility as Francesca’s boutique chain explores ‘strategic initiatives’

Francesca’s boutique clothing store is exploring “strategic initiatives” after the company announced 2020 second quarter net sales losses.



Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.


TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.


TxDOT: Weekend closure on I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop

Motorists can expect some delays on I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop from Sept. 18-21.


Houston Police Department to join Harris County cite-and-release program

Houston Police Department is joining Harris County's cite-and-release program.



Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.


Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.


Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from Greater Houston.


Houston coronavirus updates: City starts plan to target PPE litter

Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a public awareness and cleanup campaign to target PPE litter.



Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.


Houston ISD asking parents to make in-person learning decision by Sept. 25

Parents will be asked to log their choice Sept. 21-25.


Houston taking new approach to citywide street repairs, including sidewalks

A new system of street repairs aims to get more projects done quickly and save money to use on sidewalk work




River Oaks Chamber Orchestra set to launch new season with 'Starburst'

The orchestra's 16th season will offer virtual performances.


Katz's in the Heights is now open

Katz's is open and will soon keep the lights on 24 hours like its Montrose counterpart.


Hidalgo: Harris County trending toward COVID-19 threat level downgrade

Harris County has been at the highest possible COVID-19 threat level since late June, but the data related to the number of new cases per day, hospitalizations and testing positivity mean the threat level could be downgraded in the near future, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Sept. 15.


Harris County resumes in-person jury duty

In-person jury trials have largely been on hold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.



Buffalo Bayou Park marks 5 years with special event series in October

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is hosting virtual and on-site experiences to showcase the park.


Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar discusses state budget, economic planning

Hegar shared his outlook on the state's finances and economic outlook in a September TAG Houston livestream.