4:19 PM Jul 23, 2020 CDT

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.


Harris County begins reshaping flood control task force into community resilience task force

The community has until July 30 to share feedback on the task force change and its proposed bylaws.


Katy Downtown Plaza moves forward with bids for outdoor features

At its July 20 meeting, Katy City Council awarded construction bids related to hardscape, landscape and electrical features for the Katy Downtown Plaza.



Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


Harris County clerk requests early voting extension, pilots drive-thru voting ahead of November election

The Harris County Clerk's Office became the first in Texas history to pilot drive-thru voting on July 10—the last day of early voting for the July primary runoff.


DATA: Katy-area homes sales rise 6% year over year

The average homes sales price declined in only one out of six ZIP codes.




More than 1,000 COVID-19 recoveries in Katy-area ZIP code 77449, per July 22 data

Out of 1,650 total confirmed cases, 1,003 have recovered in ZIP code 77449.


Mounted patrol marks 30 years, summer activities ranked by COVID-19 risk: News from Houston area

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


$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.


Fort Bend County coronavirus death toll rises to 78, with six deaths reported in 48 hours

On July 22, Fort Bend County reported 109 new coronavirus cases, three deaths and zero recoveries.



Houston official: US has lost 6 years of job growth due to pandemic downturn

Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.


Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.


As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects

With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.


Fulshear City Council OKs changes to park, thoroughfare plans

The plans are meant as guidelines and starting point for the city to work with developers and begin budgeting for new recreational spaces.



Harris County coronavirus count: 1,385 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 21

The percentage of ICU patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Harris County continues to hover in the 43%-47% range.


With 135 new confirmed coronavirus cases July 21, Fort Bend County surpasses 6,000 total cases

At a Fort Bend ISD meeting July 20, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Director Jacquelyn Minter discribed the spread of coronavirus in the area as "uncontrolled."


COVID-19 DATA: See how Katy, Fulshear cases per capita compare to other suburban Houston cities

There are about 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 1,000 people in the city of Katy and about 5.6 cases per 1,000 residents in the city of Fulshear.


Hey, Houston-area parents: When will your child go back to school? Find out here.

Houston-area districts discuss online and in-person learning options.



UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


UPDATE: Brookshire to host mobile COVID-19 testing site July 23

Individuals no longer need to register in advance for a test, and the site will operate between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Katy ISD superintendent reaffirms in-person, virtual instruction choice for fall 2020 in July 20 letter

"As of today, both instructional options remain available to our families," KISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski said in the letter.