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State’s jobless rate still double record low The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.8% in January, down a tick from December’s 6.9% rate but double the record low of 3.4% in … more
In an effort to lower healthcare costs for millions of Texas families, State Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) has filed SB 827 to implement a cap of $50 on the out-of-pocket monthly cost on … more
It's as though the COVID-19 pandemic was a motivator, as opposed to a setback, for seven Katy Independent School District high school teams determined to win big at the 2021 Texas Academic Decathlon … more
As many Texas universities take the extraordinary step of canceling or significantly reducing spring break during the pandemic, some schools are hosting on-campus events and continuing the weeklong … more
 Mask mandate ends March 10; many entities to continue requiring them While Gov. Gregg Abbott has lifted the statewide mandate to wear a mask in public and allowed all businesses to operate … more
This developing story will be updated soon. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is ending Texas' statewide mask mandate next week and will allow all businesses to operate at full … more
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Monday against electricity retailer Griddy, claiming it misled customers using deceptive business practices after some customers reported bills … more
The Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday for use in the U.S., the third vaccine to be approved since the pandemic began. Texas could initially … more
Five board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — the entity that manages and operates the electricity grid that covers much of Texas — will resign on Wednesday, according … more
Winter storm Uri bore down on the Katy area last week leaving overnight temperatures in the teens in the region. The unprecedented cold hit the rest of the state as well, causing the state’s … more
 Millions of Texans dealing with water supply issues Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But … more
Gov. Greg Abbott said he and other state leaders are taking aim at finding fast solutions for homeowners and renters facing steep electricity bills. On Sunday, during a news conference in San … more
Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday blasted the nonprofit operator of Texas’ energy grid for its handling of this week’s winter storm and called on the Legislature to consider updates to the … more
Many Texas colleges and universities cancel classes for the rest of the week Many colleges and universities across Texas have canceled classes for the rest of the week due to dangerous road … more
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Katy Area Chamber of Commerce President Matthew Ferraro has been named to the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors for the 2021 fiscal year, according to a TCCE press release. … more
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, an Arlington Republican, has died. His campaign staff announced the news Monday. Wright had lived for years with cancer and was diagnosed with COVID-19 in … more
In the middle of a recent shift at Kroger in Cedar Hill, Jackie Ryan was assisting customers with self-checkout when an elderly woman asked for help finding canned pumpkin. While Ryan pointed her in … more
Texas public school students must show up in person to take the STAAR test this spring, and districts can apply for waivers to socially distance test takers, according to recent guidance released by … more
Inspired by the example set by former President Donald Trump, who regularly railed against social media companies before they banned him from their platforms, Republicans in Texas have focused their … more
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