3:44 PM Jul 29, 2020 CDT

Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Harris County prepares for surge in evictions as federal protections, unemployment boost end

With August rent due this weekend, housing advocates are calling on the county to act fast.




New in River Oaks/Upper Kirby: Goode chicken, Chinese breakfast and a new indoor nursery

Take a look at some of the newest offerings now open or coming soon in the River Oaks/Upper Kirby area inside the Loop.



American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,465 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 28

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.



Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.


Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually, MOD Pizza to open in New Caney: News from Houston metro

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



SNAP recipients can receive up to $30 match on produce at six Houston-area farmers markets 

Six area farmer's markets are allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power.


Harris County coronavirus count: Testing positivity rate declines; officials say bigger drop-off is needed

Harris County has confirmed an average of 1,300 new COVID-19 cases each day for the past seven days, according to public health data, but various gauges of the testing positivity rate in the Houston area show that a smaller percentage of people being tested have been testing positive.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.


Houston's Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down, though deaths remain up

Texas Medical Center has a ways to go before it is out of the woods, but some key COVID-19 metrics are showing signs of improvement.



Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.


I-45, Woodridge Village, COVID-19: July 28 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting preview

Harris County commissioners have a packed agenda to discuss at a July 28 meeting.


Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.


Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”






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.