7:05 PM May 20, 2020 CDT

Houston controller: City’s revenue losses will be more extreme than budget predicts

The city controller's office predicts Houston's savings account will have $100 million less left in it than the proposed budget predicts.


5:33 PM May 20, 2020 CDT

METRO sales tax revenue could see over $100 million hit in fiscal year 2020-21

The agency expects to use at least $180 million in CARES Act grant funds to cover revenue losses.


Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

Read the most popular stories covering the Greater Houston area from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.



Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.


Harris County unanimously votes to increase homestead exemptions for seniors, the disabled

Harris County homeowners who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities can expect property tax relief this year in the form of expanded property tax exemptions.


Family-run coffee shop Roast N Brew under construction in the Heights

The independently owned coffee house is managed by a father-daughter team.


LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.



Texas Medical Center reports continued week-over-week increases in COVID discharges, deaths; hospitalizations, ICU numbers remain steady

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks.


Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Harris County coronavirus count: 188 new cases, 141 recoveries and six deaths confirmed May 21

Active cases of COVID-19 came in at 6,012 in Harris County as of May 21, up from 5,208 one week ago on May 14. However, the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have remained flat over that time.



As hurricane season nears, Harris County reworks flood bond plans

The district is creating locally funded, watershed-spanning implementation plans in Halls Bayou after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not approve federal funding.


Lone Star Flight Museum reopens for Memorial Day Weekend

The museum will reopen Saturday, May 23 with a celebration.


Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.


Houston keeps parks open Memorial Day weekend with restrictions

Houston will keep parks open and pools closed for the holiday weekend.



Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extends 'Stay Home, Work Safe' order, releases worker protection guidelines

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the extension of the county's "Stay Home, Work Safe" order and released worker guidelines for the retail and construction industries during a press conference May 21.



Former River Oaks boutique Collectivo finds new home in the Heights

The store moved into a 100-year-old building next door to Forth + Nomad.


Harris County coronavirus count: 236 new cases brings case total above 10,000

Of the 10,095 known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data.



Target gets building permits to rework former Randall's space in Shepherd Square

City permits put the value of the renovation work at $6.45 million.


State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Updated: Appeals court blocks vote-by-mail expansion; Texas Supreme Court hears separate case

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing debate over whether access to mail ballots should be expanded in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.


Harris County further extends disaster declaration through June 10

Previously set to expire May 20, the disaster declaration allows the county to adequately respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said during the meeting.



Select YMCA of Greater Houston locations to begin reopening June 1

The YMCA's first phase of reopening includes fitness services, classes and day camps at several Houston-area locations.


Commissioners appoint Christopher Hollins interim Harris County clerk beginning June 1

Following the announcement of Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman's resignation effective May 31, the Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Christopher Hollins as the interim Harris County clerk during its May 19 meeting.