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.


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.


Fort Bend County reports 100th coronavirus-related death, sees hospitalizations decline July 27-Aug. 1

During the week of July 27-Aug. 1, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 661 new coronavirus cases.


6 Sugar Land restaurants participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks 2020 on Aug. 1-Sept. 7

Houston Restaurant Weeks—an annual, monthlong fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank—began Aug. 1 and runs through Labor Day weekend.


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.



Fort Bend County discusses FY 2020-21 budget, lowering property tax rates

Commissioners Court and county staff considered the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on both the county and its residents.


Service First Automotive opens Aug. 3 in Missouri City after experiencing coronavirus-related delays

While the auto repair store was initially scheduled to open in mid-March, it was delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.





Missouri City City Council to address street names, consider authorizing coronavirus response spending and more at Aug. 3 meeting

Looking to learn more about the topics Missouri City City Council will discuss during its Aug. 3 meetings? Read our preview here.


Attack wing commander talks mission, future of Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base

The airport is for both military and public use and is located about 17 miles southeast of downtown Houston.



Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.



Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.


Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.




FEMA adapts disaster responses due to convergence of COVID-19, busy hurricane season

FEMA has adjusted its pre- and post-disaster response due to COVID-19.


Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.


Fort Bend ISD to begin 2020-21 school year online as COVID-19 cases increase in Fort Bend County

As school districts across the state determine how to best educate students amid rising coronavirus numbers, Fort Bend ISD announced students will begin the 2020-21 school year 100% online with the goal of gradually phasing in face-to-face instruction.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.