Registration open for 11 YMCA locations offering virtual learning centers to help working families this fall

“We understand these are uncertain times and many families are worried how they are going to balance work and follow the vital school curriculum at home,” YMCA President and CEO Stephen Ives said in the release.


Texas Medical Center ICU capacity returns to Phase 1 levels as COVID-19 hospitalizations decline

The Texas Medical Center has fewer patients in intensive care units as of Aug. 2.



Houston police will start writing tickets for refusing to wear a mask

Violators will be given a warning and will be asked to put on a mask, and if they refuse, they are subject to a $250 fine.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Lone Star College delays in-person class meetings to September

In-person and hybrid courses will begin meeting Sept. 8 after initially being scheduled for Aug. 24.


$1.3B airport plan could bring international business, construction jobs to Houston region

Contractors are moving forward this summer on a billion-dollar expansion program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport that officials said could bring construction jobs and economic growth to the region.



Texas State Teachers Association demands TEA prohibit in-person classes until Sept. 8

The statement was released after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this week said that local districts have the sole authority to close schools due to the ongoing pandemic.


Harris County coronavirus count: Recoveries jump, active cases fall under new case tracking definitions

The confirmed number of COVID-19 recoveries in Harris County jumped over the August 1 weekend as the city of Houston began operating under a new record keeping protocol that redefines recoveries to include any cases where it has been "28 days or more since the case was reported, or released from [the] hospital and [is] not deceased."


Backlog of felony court cases grows as officials explore options to lower jail population

"We have to take the valve off. It’s a pressure cooker."


Rankin Road expansion project completed in late July

The project expanded a portion of Rankin from two to four lanes and add a raised median.




Get a sneak peak inside the new Humble Museum before it opens

Damages from Hurricane Harvey served as the catalyst to relocate the old Humble Museum from downtown Humble to the band hall of the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.



See how COVID-19 spread through Montgomery County in July with more than 4,000 new cases

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in July than during the four months since the county's first case was identified.




Montgomery County reports 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 July 31; active case count continues to fall

Five Montgomery County resident deaths related to COVID-19 were reported July 31 alongside a drop in the county's active case count, the county public health district and office of emergency management announced.


See how the Lake Houston-area real estate market fared in June 2020

Home sales increased in five out of seven Lake Houston-area ZIP codes in June 2020 compared to the previous year


Montgomery County commissioners propose 1.4% property tax rate decrease for FY 2020-21

County Judge Mark Keough and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack voted against the measure and said they favored an effective tax rate.



MAP: See COVID-19 concentrations by population in Harris County

As of July 30, more than 45,000 cases have been reported in Houston and over 71,000 in Harris County overall since the outbreak began.


Generation Park hosts food drive for Lake Houston-area families

Families who would like access to fresh produce and milk can visit Redemption Square in the Generation Park development Aug. 1 and Aug. 15.


Houston to consider new $15 million round of rent relief; advocates continue to call for grace period

Houston renters could become eligible for a second round of rental relief funds in August.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,724 new cases, 21 deaths confirmed July 30

The vast majority of the new cases and deaths were confirmed in the city of Houston.