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Hurricane Laura: Voluntary evacuation ordered for zones A and B in Harris County

Residents along the coast are urged to evacuate and be off the roads by no later than 8 p.m. August 26.


HCTRA tolls waived; Houstonians urged to stay off roads for people evacuating

"We want to make sure that we provide easy access for people who may be traveling throughout areas," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a press conference Aug. 24.


Harris County sees virus spread slow for 14 consecutive days

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



Gov. Greg Abbott declares state of disaster in 23 counties ahead of tropical storms Marco, Laura

In preparation for the landfalls of both tropical storms Marco and Laura this week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring a state of disaster in 23 coastal counties on Aug. 23, which was subsequently approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Donald Trump Aug. 24.


With Tropical Storm Laura's track still uncertain, Harris County officials urge preparedness

Harris County officials are urging residents to prepare for rain, high winds and potential power outages as Tropical Storm Laura approaches.


M-K-T roundup: Here is everything coming to the Heights development so far

To date, the project has signed on close to 20 tenants including two pop-up concepts, according to Triten Real Estate Partners.


Microsoft invests $1 million in Houston’s Ion tech incubator, partners with HISD schools

The investment comes with a commitment to teach new skills to Houston's students and current workforce.



Heights roundup: A new coney on the block, plus Killen's, coffee and crawfish

Take a look around what is new in the Heights area this past month and what is coming in September. 


Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases drop over Aug. 22-23 weekend

A total of 1,848 new cases of COVID-19 in Harris County were confirmed over the Aug. 22-23 weekend, but active cases in the county dropped by more than 3,000 over that time as other cases recovered.


Pit Row Pit Stop Diner to open in New Caney and more Houston-area news

Read Houston-area business and community news.


Pearland ISD trustee Mikael Floyd steps down and more top Houston-area news from this week

Read the most popular stories from this week's coverage of Greater Houston.



Pandemic storm prep: What Houstonians need to know as Gulf systems approach

Houston officials are adjusting emergency preparation plans to accommodate the threat of the coronavirus.


Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: ICU use, hospitalizations down as plasma trial gets underway

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to drop at Texas Medical Center hospitals, with numbers down 18% from a week ago.


Texas Education Agency announces new COVID-19 tracking system for public schools

Texas school systems will be required to report COVID-19 cases to the state, and this data will be posted publicly starting next month.


Local, state, federal infrastructure proposals converging in Houston’s First Ward

A series of proposals could alter much of the public infrastructure in the area of First Ward near downtown.



Harris County coronavirus count: Testing positivity rate nudges downward

Another 955 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Harris County on Aug. 20, including 501 cases in the city of Houston and 454 in Harris County outside of the city.


Texas Workforce Commission applies for additional unemployment benefit funding

The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.


Hospital system rebrands pediatric offices to Children's Memorial Hermann Pediatrics

Memorial Hermann Medical Group and Children's Memorial Hermann are combining under one new name: Children's Memorial Hermann Pediatrics.


Harris County clerk asks Gov. Greg Abbott to extend deadline to receive mail-in ballots

The request for an extension comes in the wake of national reports about expected delays from the U.S. Postal Service.



Whataburger opens in Magnolia and more Houston-area news

Read the latest Greater Houston business and community news.


Houston City Council OKs $2 million arts support program

The CARES Act-funded program is open to artists and creative businesses or nonprofits that have previously applied for grant funding from the city.


Harris County coronavirus count: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit lowest point since mid-June

As of Aug. 19, COVID-19 patients take up about 23.9% of the total beds in use.


Houston trailing Texas' major cities in census response rate

Houston City Council approved a $175,000 boost to city outreach efforts as the Sept. 30 deadline looms.