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Pearland and Friendswood ISD extend school closures to May

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order addressing the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic going forward.


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METRO reduces Park & Ride service, closes HOV lanes; two employees test positive for COVID-19

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County suspended all Park & Ride routes except those serving the Texas Medical Center, effective March 30.

With local funding on the line, Houston's census advocates navigate coronavirus challenges

An undercount in the Houston area could affect federal aid allocations and congressional representation.



Harris County stay-at-home order extended until April 30; some nonviolent inmates to be released from county jail

The order requires Harris County residents to stay home and avoid nonessential travel.


Houston economist predicts more than 150,000 job losses this year due to coronavirus

While sectors that are considered nonessential and cannot deliver their goods and services remotely are most at risk, the economist said all jobs are on the line if the shutdown continues after May.


'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.


Q&A: Federal Reserve business economist discusses the energy industry's 2020 outlook

The industry is contending with effects of the coronavirus outbreak and uncertainty in the oil market following a steep price drop in March.



Hwy. 288 construction still planning on completion in April, but could be May according to official

“There’s a lot of fluidity right now, but I want to say we shouldn’t have a big timeline issue, and we will be done before the TxDOT section is done,” Brazoria County engineer Matt Hanks said.


Mind and Body Solutions relocating to Webster

The functional medicine clinic has a mission to provide the community with safe and natural health and wellness answers.


Hidalgo: Extension of stay-at-home order not a matter of 'if,' but 'how long'

The order was set to expire April 3 but will be extended as cases of COVID-19 spike in the county.


Coronavirus case updates: Houston, Harris County combine for more than 110 new cases

Total cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area continue to rise.



MyFit18 to open multiple locations in Pearland

MyFit18 is a zero-staff fitness enter with full facial recognition for clients.


How Houston-area school districts are responding to coronavirus

Here are some updates from the last week on how school districts across the Greater Houston area are adapting during the coronavirus outbreak.


Coronavirus causes layoffs for Texas Central’s high-speed rail project

Texas Central officials announced multiple employees would be laid off March 27 in the wake of a worldwide coronavirus outbreak.


Here is the latest on news on stay-at-home orders across the Greater Houston area

As counties and cities across the region issue shelter-in-place orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus, find out more information on what they mean for your community in the stories below.



Houston-area musicians go virtual to play for fans amid coronavirus cancellations of live shows

As non-essential businesses like bars and music venues are forced to close due to coronavirus concerns, musicians find themselves performing for audiences behind computer screens and asking for virtual tips.


Bailey Road and Smith Ranch Road: 2 Pearland transportation projects to watch

Here are two Pearland road projects making progress:


Texas Tribune: Many Texans in Congress scrambled to join vote as US House passes coronavirus spending bill

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.


Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.



Alvin and Friendswood ISD move to support underserved students as classes start online

Part of the process of transitioning to remote instruction has been learning how best to serve students without reliable internet access.


DATA: Cases, recovery rates and death rates for COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area

A total of 441 cases of coronavirus have been identified in the Greater Houston area as of March 26.


LifePointe Fellowship Church finishes expansion, postpones grand opening

LifePointe Fellowship Church, located at 3011 Yost Blvd., Pearland, completed its expansion in March


Stay up to date on how businesses across the Greater Houston area are adapting to coronavirus

Find local businesses and nonprofits to support as they grapple with coronavirus-related restrictions through our area guides.



Szechuan Spice opens in Pearland, offers delivery, takeout

Szechuan Spice opened at 3244 Business Center Drive, Ste. 102, Pearland, in late March.


Cole Pediatric Therapy opens in Pearland

Cole Pediatric Therapy opened a Pearland facility at 8603 Broadway St., Ste. 170, Pearland, on Feb. 24.