Home Improvement and Maintenance Guide: Tips from a local renovation business

Community Impact Newspaper talked to locally owned business Home Evolution about four home renovation trends.



Q&A: Medical expert discusses what parents, teachers should consider when schools reopen in 2020-21

As the new school year approaches, districts are tasked with protecting students and staff from further COVID-19 spread while parents face tough decisions.


Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.


Harris County orders all public schools, nonreligious private schools to stay closed until Sept. 8

The start of in-person instruction may be delayed further based on public health conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic.


METRO board approves $1.8 million payment for frontline workers during COVID-19

METRO frontline workers are getting some financial assistance.



Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.


Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.


Harris County coronavirus count: Hispanic population bearing brunt of recent increase in deaths

Roughly two weeks ago, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a joint statement with the Consul General of Mexico warning of recent research that showed the coronavirus having a "disproportionately heavy impact" on the Hispanic and Latino population.




Pearland, Manvel see real estate growth as COVID-19 confines residents to homes

“We have actually seen more people looking at rates,” Sparrow Realty agent Alin Rogers said. “We have people saying, ‘We saw this house, and we weren’t thinking of moving, but we are now,’ or ‘Being stuck in our homes made us re-evaluate, and we want a pool.’"


Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Harris County begins reshaping flood control task force into community resilience task force

The community has until July 30 to share feedback on the task force change and its proposed bylaws.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.



Heavy rains, flash flooding possible this weekend near Houston-Galveston area from Tropical Depression 8

The greatest chance of tropical storm-force winds, at maximum speeds of 35 miles per hour, will be around Matagorda Bay—roughly 100 miles from both Houston and Galveston.


Harris County clerk requests early voting extension, pilots drive-thru voting ahead of November election

The Harris County Clerk's Office became the first in Texas history to pilot drive-thru voting on July 10—the last day of early voting for the July primary runoff.



Brazoria County coronavirus recoveries surpass new cases July 22

This is the first time the number of recoveries in a day have reached triple digits.



Mounted patrol marks 30 years, summer activities ranked by COVID-19 risk: News from Houston area

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


$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.


Houston official: US has lost 6 years of job growth due to pandemic downturn

Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.


Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.