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.



Montgomery County commissioners consider CARES Act funding for local projects

County officials said it was unclear if the court could reclassify federal coronavirus relief funds or if it would have to wait until the funding period had expired.


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.


Broken Barrel in The Woodlands announces permanent closure

Broken Barrel has permanently closed following just over three years being in the area.


Lone Star College purchases 5,000 additional laptops, students can use for free

Students can check out newly purchased laptops for free from the college.



Muse Mantra now open and taking music students in The Woodlands

Muse Mantra, a music and arts school, is offering in-person and online classes after a June opening.


Harris County prepares for surge in evictions as federal protections, unemployment boost end

With August rent due this weekend, housing advocates are calling on the county to act fast.



American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.



Harris County coronavirus count: 1,465 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 28

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.


Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count drops by 47 on July 28; 116 recoveries added

Montgomery County public health officials reported slight declines in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the disease July 28, along with an 3.84% increase in recoveries.


Montgomery County commissioners criticize appraisal district's 'misleading' preliminary budget

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack accused Tony Belinoski, the chief appraiser for the Montgomery County Appraisal District, of attempting to mislead the court and the public, which Belinoski denied.


Hearsay Gastrolounge announced for Waterway Square, fourth in state

Hearsay Gastrolounge is one of two recently announced concepts coming to Waterway Square.



Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.


Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually, MOD Pizza to open in New Caney: News from Houston metro

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




SNAP recipients can receive up to $30 match on produce at six Houston-area farmers markets 

Six area farmer's markets are allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power.


Harris County coronavirus count: Testing positivity rate declines; officials say bigger drop-off is needed

Harris County has confirmed an average of 1,300 new COVID-19 cases each day for the past seven days, according to public health data, but various gauges of the testing positivity rate in the Houston area show that a smaller percentage of people being tested have been testing positive.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.