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Galveston Bay Park idea earns top honors in Houston 2020 Visions competition

A plan to create a 10,000-acre public park of chained islands in Galveston Bay to mitigate storm damage to the coast was among three projects to win top honors in the international design competition Houston 2020 Visions.


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Galveston County COVID-19 cases pass 9,000 mark

Galveston County COVID-19 cases have reached 9,168 as of Aug. 5. A total of 107 cases were reported Aug. 4, and another 62 were reported Aug. 5.


Shortened census timeline could shortchange Houston, its most vulnerable communities

The 2020 U.S. Census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount.



Harris County coronavirus count: 17 deaths confirmed Aug. 5, including man in his 20s

The overall death total hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older.



University of Houston-Clear Lake looks at plans for fall semester

University of Houston-Clear Lake will be offering both in-person and online classes in the fall.


State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.



Katy's American Furniture Warehouse opens, 20 jobs coming to Tomball via JDR Cable Systems: News from Houston

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


Portion of Hughes Ranch Road in Pearland to remain closed through September

Hughes Ranch Road will become a four-lane, raised median boulevard.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,438 new cases, 22 deaths confirmed Aug. 4

A total of 723 of the new cases were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city of Houston, which is the most to be confirmed outside of the city in a single day.


Harris County announces evening testing hours, faster turnaround on COVID-19 tests

With some Harris County residents waiting up to two weeks to get test results, the county has announced a maximum turnaround time of 3-5 days on county-sponsored tests moving forward.



Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.


Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August

As part of a national initiative to clear animal shelters, Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions for spayed or neutered and heartworm-positive pets.


U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.





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.


DATA: Brazoria County COVID-19 case counts July 31-Aug. 2

Here is a look at Brazoria County's COVID-19 cases over the weekend.


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.



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.


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."