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2020 Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually Oct. 9-11

The event will include virtual shopping, music and family activities.

TELL US: What do you think about Katy ISD's reopening plans for 2020-21 school year?

Parents of students at Katy ISD and local private and charter schools are encouraged to provide their thoughts about the upcoming school year.

Six new Katy-area businesses, including Pablo’s Restaurant and Club, Houston Axe Throwing

Other new businesses include Newton Nurseries, Apara Autism Center and Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy.

Katy area COVID-19 cases total 4,838 on July 24

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Katy area reached 4,838, according to data available at 4:30 p.m. July 24.

277 new COVID-19 recoveries reported in Fort Bend County, per July 24 data

The last time Fort Bend County reported more than 200 new recoveries in a day was July 12.

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.

Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.

4 Katy-area COVID-19 residential real estate trends to keep up with in 2020

Here is how the Katy area residential real estate is coping under the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown

Harris County orders all public schools, nonreligious private schools to stay closed until Sept. 8

The start of in-person instruction may be delayed further based on public health conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

METRO board approves $1.8 million payment for frontline workers during COVID-19

METRO frontline workers are getting some financial assistance.

Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.

Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.

Fort Bend Entrepreneur Initiative launches to provide free consulting services to small businesses

Businesses in Fort Bend County can also apply for a COVID-19 grant from the county to help them recover from the pandemic.

Harris County coronavirus count: Hispanic population bearing brunt of recent increase in deaths

Roughly two weeks ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a joint statement with the Consul General of Mexico warning of recent research that showed the coronavirus having a "disproportionately heavy impact" on the Hispanic and Latino population.

Katy ISD postpones in-person instruction to Sept. 8

For the first three weeks of school at Katy ISD, all students will participate in online learning.

Waller County reports new Katy COVID-19 case for first time since June 24

This bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Waller County portion of the Katy area to 11, 10 of which have recovered.

Fort Bend County reports record seven coronavirus deaths in a day July 23

On July 23, the county also confirmed 113 new coronavirus cases and 277 recoveries.

Experts reflect 5 years after Sandra Bland’s death in Waller County jail

Recent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have resurfaced other cases of police brutality against Black Americans, including Sandra Bland, who died in police custody at the Waller County Jail in 2015.

Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.