3:31 PM Jul 28, 2020 CDT

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.



UPDATE: FM 149 northbound, southbound lanes near Pinehurst closed July 30-31

The closure is expected to last until July 31 at 5 a.m.


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.



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.


Houston's Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down, though deaths remain up

Texas Medical Center has a ways to go before it is out of the woods, but some key COVID-19 metrics are showing signs of improvement.


Tomball City Council rezones property on Brown Road to office district

Tomball City Council members voted 3-2 to rezone a 1-acre property on Brown road from residential to office district.


Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.



I-45, Woodridge Village, COVID-19: July 28 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting preview

Harris County commissioners have a packed agenda to discuss at a July 28 meeting.


Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

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


Free backpacks for Magnolia ISD students, $1 clothing sale: Society of Samaritans plans August back-to-school events

Society of Samaritans in Magnolia is hosting a backpack giveaway and back-to-school clothing sale for area families.


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.”






ROUNDUP: 6 recently opened businesses to check out in Tomball, Magnolia

Urban Cravings and La Bella Retreat are just a few new businesses in Tomball and Magnolia for residents to check out.



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.


Gov. Greg Abbott appoints Vince Santini as Montgomery County 457th Judicial District Court judge

Santini will go on to face Democratic nominee Marc M. Meyer, chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, in the November general election.


Harris County orders all public schools, nonreligious private schools to stay closed until Sept. 8

The start of in-person instruction may be delayed further based on public health conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic.