5:41 PM Jul 28, 2020 CDT

American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,465 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 28

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.


Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count drops by 47 on July 28; 116 recoveries added

Montgomery County public health officials reported slight declines in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the disease July 28, along with an 3.84% increase in recoveries.



Montgomery County commissioners criticize appraisal district's 'misleading' preliminary budget

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack accused Tony Belinoski, the chief appraiser for the Montgomery County Appraisal District, of attempting to mislead the court and the public, which Belinoski denied.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Luxury apartment complex The Sarah at Lake Houston aims for fall opening

The Sarah at Lake Houston will debut this fall at 17571 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Humble.



Humble, New Caney ISDs prepare for unknowns of 2020-21 school year

Local school districts are attempting to identify the safest way to send students and teachers back to school amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the 2020-21 school year looms.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.


Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually, MOD Pizza to open in New Caney: News from Houston metro

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




SNAP recipients can receive up to $30 match on produce at six Houston-area farmers markets 

Six area farmer's markets are allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power.


Harris County coronavirus count: Testing positivity rate declines; officials say bigger drop-off is needed

Harris County has confirmed an average of 1,300 new COVID-19 cases each day for the past seven days, according to public health data, but various gauges of the testing positivity rate in the Houston area show that a smaller percentage of people being tested have been testing positive.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.


Houston's Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down, though deaths remain up

Texas Medical Center has a ways to go before it is out of the woods, but some key COVID-19 metrics are showing signs of improvement.



Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.


I-45, Woodridge Village, COVID-19: July 28 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting preview

Harris County commissioners have a packed agenda to discuss at a July 28 meeting.


Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.


MOD Pizza in Valley Ranch Town Center aims for September opening

MOD Pizza aims to open in mid-September at 12029 N. Grand Parkway E., Ste. 100, New Caney



Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”


Development pushes forward on new Kingwood Docks shopping center

The Lovett Commercial development will include two 14,000-square-foot buildings.