3:22 PM Jul 27, 2020 CDT

Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

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

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.”

277 new COVID-19 recoveries reported in Fort Bend County, per July 24 data

The last time Fort Bend County reported more than 200 new recoveries in a day was July 12.

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.

Sugar Land prepares FY 2020-21 budget amid economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus

As Sugar Land is in its budget planning season during a global pandemic, city staff is bracing for a hit to its annual sales tax revenue, which makes up roughly one-third of the general fund—the primary operating fund for the city.

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.

Fort Bend Entrepreneur Initiative launches to provide free consulting services to small businesses

Businesses in Fort Bend County can also apply for a COVID-19 grant from the county to help them recover from the pandemic.

Fort Bend County reports record seven coronavirus deaths in a day July 23

On July 23, the county also confirmed 113 new coronavirus cases and 277 recoveries.

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.

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.

Sta-Mo Sports Complex redevelopment plans seek to add amenities to Missouri City park

Under the redesign, the park would feature two baseball and two softball fields, two soccer fields, a cricket pitch, outdoor pickleball courts, a dirt bike track, pavilion space and playground equipment.

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.

Fort Bend County coronavirus death toll rises to 78, with six deaths reported in 48 hours

On July 22, Fort Bend County reported 109 new coronavirus cases, three deaths and zero recoveries.

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.

Fort Bend ISD begins classes online Aug. 17. Here is what a day of online learning will look like

Online learning in Fort Bend ISD will include both synchronous and asynchronous times, with more synchronous learning time allotted for older students.

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.