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Gov. Greg Abbott Says Reopening The Texas Economy Will Be A Slow Process | Houston Public Media

Gov. Greg Abbott Says Reopening The Texas Economy Will Be A Slow Process | Houston Public Media

Gov.  said Monday that reopening the Texas economy will be a “slow process” guided by public health concerns as he continued to preview a forthcoming executive order that will detail his strategy to reignite business in the state.Abbott, who first hinted at his plans during a news conference Friday, said he’ll outline them later this week. Asked for more details Monday, he indicated his announcement will include a “comprehensive team” that he said will “evaluate what must be done for Texas to open back up, ensuring what we are doing is consistent with data, with medical analysis, as well as...

April 14, 2020
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Maps Provide A Look At Where Houston Children Face Food Insecurity, Digital Deserts | Houston Public Media

Maps Provide A Look At Where Houston Children Face Food Insecurity, Digital Deserts | Houston Public Media

 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:<iframe src="https://embed.hpm.io/368715/368708" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>XThe coronavirus pandemic threatens to put a strain on children in already vulnerable populations when it comes to food security and education. And an analysis from the advocacy group Children at Risk provides a glimpse of just how widespread of a problem that is in Houston.

May 4, 2020
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How The Houston Zoo — And Its Animals — Are Coping With COVID-19 | Houston Public Media

How The Houston Zoo — And Its Animals — Are Coping With COVID-19 | Houston Public Media

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May 4, 2020
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Mayor Turner To Propose COVID-19 Rent Relief For Houston | Houston Public Media

Mayor Turner To Propose COVID-19 Rent Relief For Houston | Houston Public Media

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday announced a plan to allocate $15 million for emergency rental assistance.The proposal, which will go in front of the Houston City Council on Wednesday, would pull from $404 million in federal CARES Act funding, intended to be spent on COVID-19 relief. Under the proposed plan, local nonprofit Baker Ripley would run the program by distributing funding to landlords.But at City Hall on Tuesday, more than a dozen speakers said the plan doesn’t do enough.Rev. Matt Russell, with the advocacy group the Metropolitan Organization, told the mayor that renters need at...

May 5, 2020
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6 Months After Houston’s City Council Elections, District B Is Still Waiting On A Runoff | Houston Public Media

6 Months After Houston’s City Council Elections, District B Is Still Waiting On A Runoff | Houston Public Media

 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:<iframe src="https://embed.hpm.io/368782/368781" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>XNot having a duly-elected representative in office has had some consequences for District B residents, Davis said. First elected in 2011, Davis is now the longest-serving member on council.Though his replacement was supposed to take over the seat on Jan. 1, he said he’s not treated differently than before. While some District B residents hoped the race would be on the ballot in January, the case was  multiple times. Davis said it’s...

May 6, 2020
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What If Houston Floods During The Pandemic? | Houston Public Media

What If Houston Floods During The Pandemic? | Houston Public Media

 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:<iframe src="https://embed.hpm.io/366874/366873" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>XThe spring rains are upon us in Southeast Texas, and . And with Houston in the midst of a pandemic, some are already wondering what will happen if the region gets hit with the level of flooding it’s seen in recent years.Elizabeth White-Olsen used to live in West Houston and worked at a literary non-profit. Then Hurricane Harvey upended her life: She and her husband were forced to evacuate and ultimately move to another part of...

April 14, 2020
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Texas Is Running Out Of Money To Pay Unemployment Benefits. People Will Still Get Paid, But Businesses May See Tax Hikes As A Result. | Houston Public Media

Texas Is Running Out Of Money To Pay Unemployment Benefits. People Will Still Get Paid, But Businesses May See Tax Hikes As A Result. | Houston Public Media

Texas is running out of money to pay the growing number of people lining up for unemployment relief, economic experts say.If you just lost your job, don’t worry. State officials say you’ll get your check.But if you’re an employer, you might see taxes hike in the future because the state will have to borrow federal money to plug the hole.More than  from March 15 to April 11 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Texas Workforce Commission has paid out more than $400 million in benefits so far and is expected to pay hundreds of millions more based on the mounting claims...

April 17, 2020
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Inmates Report Dangerous Practices Inside The Texas Prison With The Most Coronavirus Deaths | Houston Public Media

Inmates Report Dangerous Practices Inside The Texas Prison With The Most Coronavirus Deaths | Houston Public Media

Within the walls of the Texas prison with the most reported coronavirus deaths, the men locked inside are telling a drastically different story than the state about how inmates are being handled during the pandemic.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has emphasized that healthy inmates are kept separated from sick inmates and those exposed to the sick to limit the spread of the illness that has  — with nearly  known to have had the virus as of Saturday.The agency, which began  at dozens of its more than 100 lockups across the state, has also said prisoners in facilities that have...

June 8, 2020
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Houston And The Oil Market Crash: BP Will Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide | Houston Public Media

Houston And The Oil Market Crash: BP Will Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide | Houston Public Media

Updated 8:20 a.m. CT MondayLONDON (AP) — Energy company BP says that its global workforce will be trimmed by 10,000 jobs amid the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Executive Bernard Looney said Monday that the roles will be office-based and come mostly this year. The company’s current global  workforce is 70,000. The job cuts come amid a time of tremendous change for BP, which said it wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050. The pandemic, meanwhile, has caused huge turmoil for the industry by...

April 6, 2020
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Houston’s Art Car Parade Goes Virtual | Houston Public Media

Houston’s Art Car Parade Goes Virtual | Houston Public Media

 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:<iframe src="https://embed.hpm.io/367291/367290" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>XThe COVID-19 crisis has forced the to cancel its traditional in-person festivities.But the 33rd annual celebration of will still take place this weekend — virtually.On Saturday and Sunday, parade organizers are launching events and programs anyone can watch online or on TV, including footage of past parades, , interviews with artists showcasing never-before-seen art cars, and video messages from notable Houstonians reflecting on the...

April 17, 2020
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