1:53 PM Feb 18, 2020 CST

Houston ISD releases 2020-21 calendar: See what days off students will have next year

The school year begins on Aug. 24 and ends the following May 27, before Memorial Day.


U.S. Representative District 18 Democratic Primary: Incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee faces six challengers

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee faces six challengers in the Democratic Primary. Get to know the candidates here.


Texas House District 134 Democratic Primary: Meet the candidates on the ballot in 2020

The winner of the primary will face incumbent Rep. Sarah Davis in November.



Kirk Watson resigns state Senate seat, takes post at University of Houston

The former Austin mayor will become the founding dean at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.


Primary election Q&A: Democratic candidates for Texas House District 147

Three Democrats are competing for a spot on the ballot for the Texas House of Representatives District 147, covering parts of Montrose, Midtown, downtown and southeast Houston. No Republican candidates filed for the election. Incumbent state Rep. Garnet Coleman and opponent Colin Ross answered questions about their campaign priorities. Candidate Aurelia Wagner did not respond to requests for submissions as of Community Impact Newspaper 's press time. Answers may have been shortened for length.


Houston ISD trustees walk back proposed $3 million for metal detectors

Almost a month after a student was killed in a shooting at Bellaire High School, the Houston ISD board of trustees on Feb. 13 pulled back on a proposal to expedite the use of metal detectors across the district, instead asking for more discussion and research on effective safety strategies.


A more resilient Houston hinges on buyouts, clean energy and more housing, new city plan says

Houston officials announced a series of longterm goals aimed at making Houston more resilient over the next 30 years.



HCTRA Chief Financial Officer Peter Key appointed as interim executive director

Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously appointed Peter Key as the interim executive director for the Harris County Toll Road Authority at its Feb. 11 meeting.


Q&A: Republicans running in U.S. Rep. District 7 race talk top priorities

Candidates discuss immigration, health care and more.


Harris County ups public health budget, launches coronavirus rumor-control website

In response to a global coronavirus outbreak, Harris County launched a rumor-control website and increased Harris County Public Health’s budget for fiscal year 2020-21 in hopes of giving the agency greater capacity to deal with such diseases.


24-hour diner Katz's Deli is coming to the Heights

The new location sports a new look by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.



Misfit Toys brings vintage toys to new Montrose location

Looking to rediscover some lost childhood toy? Misfit might have it.


Developers break ground on the Montrose Collective

A new look is coming to Lower Westheimer.


Gloria's Latin Cuisine to close Midtown location for renovation

The restaurant is updating its interior, adding private dining space and upgrading its bar area.


Houston donors stepping up ahead of March primary

There are more donors participating across the city, and overall fundraising is 44% higher this year than the 2012 cycle.



From breakfast to dessert, Empire Café is still a Montrose mainstay

The owner, Johnny Fooshee, said not much has changed about the restaurant since he and his friends opened it in 1994.


Harris County Sheriff's Office begins cite-and-release program for some low-level misdemeanors

Suspects that qualify for the program are given a citation and a court date but can avoid arrest.


Russo's New York Pizzeria opening in the Heights later this year

The new location will feature an open kitchen design.


Bella Restaurants Group's ZOA Moroccan Kitchen to open this month

ZOA Moroccan Kitchen is a quick-service concept that will serve Moroccan street food.



Crawfish roundup: 10 Cajun, seafood spots in Houston to eat mudbugs this crawfish season

Live crawfish season, or the time of year when more crawfish are available, runs from around mid-January to early July.


Luxury midrise Westmore to break ground in Upper Kirby this summer

Upper Kirby is about to see more construction cranes.


Holding on to history: Patchwork of Freedmen's Town preservation efforts keeps fight alive

Where dozens of parishioners once gathered at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Houston’s Freedmen’s Town, a handful still meets on Sundays at the vacant lot it stood on.


Houston officials review inspection and permitting policies after Watson Grinding & Manufacturing explosion

“I don't know if our inspection would have caught that," fire chief Sam Peña said of the potential culprit in the explosion.