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Katy-area homeless population still suffering effects of COVID-19, recession

Serving the Katy-area homeless population has become more difficult in the time of the coronavirus, according to Tina Hatcher, founder and executive director of Hope Impacts, a local NGO serving the homeless population in the area.


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DATA: Fort Bend County sees 347 new coronavirus cases Sept. 11-17; hospitalizations dip to May levels

Here is the latest information on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Fort Bend County.


Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.



Texas Supreme Court issues order strengthening CDC eviction moratorium

The action aims to strengthen a federal order that renters' advocates say has been falling short in eviction court.


Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.


TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.


Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.


Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.


Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from Greater Houston.


Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.




Hidalgo: Harris County trending toward COVID-19 threat level downgrade

Harris County has been at the highest possible COVID-19 threat level since late June, but the data related to the number of new cases per day, hospitalizations and testing positivity mean the threat level could be downgraded in the near future, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Sept. 15.


1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings coming to Greenhouse Road in the Katy area in November

Jim Cossette plans to open a 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings location in mid-November in the Katy area.


Name change proposed for Houston post office to honor fallen Harris County sheriff’s deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

Nearly one year after Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was fatally shot while conducting a traffic stop in the Cy-Fair area, a resolution to rename a post office after him unanimously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.



Harris County resumes in-person jury duty

In-person jury trials have largely been on hold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.


Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar discusses state budget, economic planning

Hegar shared his outlook on the state's finances and economic outlook in a September TAG Houston livestream.


Harris County, Houston to consider $10 million partnership on new facility for homeless individuals

A partnership is expected to move forward this week between the city of Houston and Harris County to open a new facility to help the area's homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Six months in, Houston-area apartment rents still feeling COVID-19 squeeze

Rents for high-end Class A properties averaged $1,463 in August, the lowest such level in over two years.




As Harris County prepares to send mail ballot applications, state requests quick ruling in appeal

In the meantime, Harris County officials said they are moving forward with their plan to send mail ballot applications to all registered voters.


Get a cup of joe: Coffee shops now open, coming soon in the Houston area

Read about coffee shops nearby in the Houston area.




See how Houston-area school districts compare with in-person, virtual learning participation

In-person attendance rates range from 34%-85% in school districts around the Greater Houston area.


DATA: Fort Bend County records 250 new COVID-19 cases Sept. 4-10, more local coronavirus updates

For the first time since May, Fort Bend County hospitals see ICU patient numbers in the single digits.