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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.

DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 23

Today's data showed the total number of active cases in nine ZIP codes of the Spring and Klein area saw an increase of 79 confirmed cases since July 22.

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.

Champions Emergency Services District hires first full-time paid fire chief in district history

Shelor, who has served as the district's part-time fire chief since May 2010, has served the community in various capacities throughout his career beginning as a volunteer firefighter with the Champions Area Volunteer Fire Department in 1987 at the age of 17.

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.

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.

Klein ISD announces online-only start to 2020-21 school year, extends selection period for learning options

Klein ISD officials announced July 22 that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year remotely Aug. 19.

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.

As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects

With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.

Here's what is under construction at Hwy. 249, Spring Cypress Road

The new location is slated to open by early spring 2021.

Spring and Klein-area educators, parents consider pros, cons of returning to in-person learning in 2020-21

Local educators and parents are considering the value and risk of in-person learning ahead of the 2020-21 school year.

Common Bond Bistro & Bakery now open in CityPlace at Springwoods Village

This is the fourth location for the Houston-based bakery and the first to feature a full bar and lounge.

Harris County coronavirus count: 1,385 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 21

The percentage of ICU patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Harris County continues to hover in the 43%-47% range.

DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 21

This number has increased by 45 cases since July 20 and includes 976 active cases, 1,544 recoveries and 24 deaths.