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Hwy. 249 northbound lanes closed March 31-April 2

Northbound lanes will be closed nightly beginning March 31.


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JUST IN: Tomball ISD closed until further notice; Magnolia ISD extends closure

Both Tomball and Magnolia ISDs issued statements late March 31 noting the districts will remain closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

With local funding on the line, Houston's census advocates navigate coronavirus challenges

An undercount in the Houston area could affect federal aid allocations and congressional representation.



Harris County stay-at-home order extended until April 30; some nonviolent inmates to be released from county jail

The order requires Harris County residents to stay home and avoid nonessential travel.


'When home is not your safe place': Domestic violence cases jump 35% in Montgomery County during coronavirus

Victims now have limited resources and safe places to turn to, which makes leaving an abuser even more risky.


Houston economist predicts more than 150,000 job losses this year due to coronavirus

While sectors that are considered nonessential and cannot deliver their goods and services remotely are most at risk, the economist said all jobs are on the line if the shutdown continues after May.


'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.



Magnolia's Wilderness Farmers Market now a drive-thru

Wilderness Farmers Market in Magnolia is using a drive-thru to continue operating.


Lone Star College campuses closed until April 30

Lone Star College's updated spring semester includes keeping campuses closed until April 30.


Q&A: Federal Reserve business economist discusses the energy industry's 2020 outlook

The industry is contending with effects of the coronavirus outbreak and uncertainty in the oil market following a steep price drop in March.


Tomball ISD likely to announce school closure extension March 31; free meals limited to Wednesdays

Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said the school closure will likely be extended past April 10, although an updated timeline is not yet known.



Hidalgo: Extension of stay-at-home order not a matter of 'if,' but 'how long'

The order was set to expire April 3 but will be extended as cases of COVID-19 spike in the county.


Coronavirus case updates: Houston, Harris County combine for more than 110 new cases

Total cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area continue to rise.


How Houston-area school districts are responding to coronavirus

Here are some updates from the last week on how school districts across the Greater Houston area are adapting during the coronavirus outbreak.


Coronavirus causes layoffs for Texas Central’s high-speed rail project

Texas Central officials announced multiple employees would be laid off March 27 in the wake of a worldwide coronavirus outbreak.



UPDATED: Montgomery County ESD No. 10 postpones sales tax election to Nov. 3 after special meeting

A proposition asking Montgomery County voters to approve a 1% increase in sales tax to support the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department has been pushed to the November ballot.


Lone Star College loans ventilators, protective supplies to area hospitals

Lone Star College-Kingwood has loaned medical supplies to area hospitals to combat coronavirus.


METRO reduces Park & Ride service, closes HOV lanes; two employees test positive for COVID-19

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County suspended all Park & Ride routes except those serving the Texas Medical Center, effective March 30.


Here is the latest on news on stay-at-home orders across the Greater Houston area

As counties and cities across the region issue shelter-in-place orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus, find out more information on what they mean for your community in the stories below.



Houston-area musicians go virtual to play for fans amid coronavirus cancellations of live shows

As non-essential businesses like bars and music venues are forced to close due to coronavirus concerns, musicians find themselves performing for audiences behind computer screens and asking for virtual tips.


Q&A: U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady discusses the passage of the CARES Act

The stimulus package passed through Congress this week and was expected to be signed by President Donald Trump on March 27.


Celebrating amid social distancing: Tomball Yard Greetings finds itself busy during outbreak

Owner Leslie Johnson’s company provides rental greeting signs made out of coroplast, which are then set up in people's lawns or in front of schools or businesses.


UPDATE: Waller County judge reports 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus

“This comes as no surprise. There is no reason to be alarmed," the county judge said.



Texas Tribune: Many Texans in Congress scrambled to join vote as US House passes coronavirus spending bill

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.


Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.