7:47 PM Jul 30, 2020 CDT

Commissioners discuss status of interlocal agreement with city of Houston for Woodridge Village development

The county looks to secure an agreement with the city to jointly buy the $14.3 million Woodridge Village property north of Kingwood.



Houston coronavirus updates: Bilingual campaign targets Hispanic community; mayor to announce renter support effort

Mayor Sylvester Turner briefed the press July 30 on a new bilingual outreach campaign and a soon-to-be-announced tenant protection measure.



Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Montgomery County reports 5 deaths related to COVID-19, passes 6,000 cumulative cases July 30

The county's cumulative case count surpassed 6,000 cases, while active cases fell by 79.


Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.



Lone Star College makes $14 million in budget reductions for FY 2020-21

Lone Star College is taking a conservative approach while planning for its upcoming budget.


Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.



Purchase of helmets, face shields for Houston police draws questions from council members

The vote turned into a broader discussion on protesting and the militarization of police equipment.



Houston City Council approves $15 million small business relief fund

Businesses making less than $2 million in revenue are encourage to apply when the program opens in mid-August.


New sign ordinance aims to make Houston airport corridors more visually appealing

The new rules are intended to help give visitors a better first impression of the city, proponents said.


Harris County coronavirus count: Hospitalization trends remain flat

The hospitalization trendline has slowly been moving downward in the county since around July 9. It has remained almost completely unchanged over the past five days.




FEMA adapts disaster responses due to convergence of COVID-19, busy hurricane season

FEMA has adjusted its pre- and post-disaster response due to COVID-19.


Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.


Montgomery County commissioners consider CARES Act funding for local projects

County officials said it was unclear if the court could reclassify federal coronavirus relief funds or if it would have to wait until the funding period had expired.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.



Lone Star College purchases 5,000 additional laptops, students can use for free

Students can check out newly purchased laptops for free from the college.


Harris County prepares for surge in evictions as federal protections, unemployment boost end

With August rent due this weekend, housing advocates are calling on the county to act fast.


New San Jacinto College Generation Park Campus prepares for fall 2020 inaugural semester

San Jacinto College is preparing to open its newest campus in the Generation Park development off Beltway 8.