4:49 PM Aug 5, 2020 CDT

Houston OKs $20M in rent relief with provision to delay evictions

The new funds will also be prioritzed to the most vulnerable residents rather than a first-come, first-served process.


State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.


Houston adopts new development rules to promote walkable, transit-oriented projects

New development moving forward will have to conform to new standards along transit corridors and new "Walkable Places" areas.



Developer acquires Montrose-Westheimer block for potential mixed-use project

More development is coming to the Westheimer/Montrose area.


Katy's American Furniture Warehouse opens, 20 jobs coming to Tomball via JDR Cable Systems: News from Houston

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston metro area.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,438 new cases, 22 deaths confirmed Aug. 4

A total of 723 of the new cases were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city of Houston, which is the most to be confirmed outside of the city in a single day.


Harris County announces evening testing hours, faster turnaround on COVID-19 tests

With some Harris County residents waiting up to two weeks to get test results, the county has announced a maximum turnaround time of 3-5 days on county-sponsored tests moving forward.



Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.


Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August

As part of a national initiative to clear animal shelters, Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions for spayed or neutered and heartworm-positive pets.


Bayou City Art Festival in October will be a virtual event, organizers say

The Bayou City Art Virtual Experience is scheduled for Oct. 5-11.


U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.



Roads, drainage and trails: 4 Heights-area transportation project updates to know

One Memorial/Heights area neighborhood project has been pushed back another year.


Reopening HISD: Parents, district weigh next steps in deciding how to return to school

Parents say they have more questions before making their choice to stick with online or bring their children back to campus.





Registration open for 11 YMCA locations offering virtual learning centers to help working families this fall

“We understand these are uncertain times and many families are worried how they are going to balance work and follow the vital school curriculum at home,” YMCA President and CEO Stephen Ives said in the release.


Texas Medical Center ICU capacity returns to Phase 1 levels as COVID-19 hospitalizations decline

The Texas Medical Center has fewer patients in intensive care units as of Aug. 2.


Houston police will start writing tickets for refusing to wear a mask

Violators will be given a warning and will be asked to put on a mask, and if they refuse, they are subject to a $250 fine.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.



Texas State Teachers Association demands TEA prohibit in-person classes until Sept. 8

The statement was released after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this week said that local districts have the sole authority to close schools due to the ongoing pandemic.



Harris County coronavirus count: Recoveries jump, active cases fall under new case tracking definitions

The confirmed number of COVID-19 recoveries in Harris County jumped over the August 1 weekend as the city of Houston began operating under a new record keeping protocol that redefines recoveries to include any cases where it has been "28 days or more since the case was reported, or released from [the] hospital and [is] not deceased."


Backlog of felony court cases grows as officials explore options to lower jail population

"We have to take the valve off. It’s a pressure cooker."