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New personal enrichment courses launched online at Houston Community College

HOUSTON, TX (May 29, 2020) – As more individuals continue to stay at home and use the internet for entertainment and learning, Houston Community College is introducing a series of new, online summer courses for personal enrichment, enjoyment and instruction. The courses are part of HCC’s new Community Learning Program (www.hccs.edu/community-learning), which combines a wide variety of HCC’s low-cost, short-term courses in one place. The courses offer teens through senior citizens the chance to develop […]

Libraries Start Facebook Group For Summer Reading Challenge Virtual Programs               

Because of the COVID-19 social-distancing recommendations, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) will feature virtual programming – pre-recorded videos or live-streamed – so that families can participate from the comfort and safety of home. For easy access, the virtual programs for Youth (infant through Middle School) will be posted in two online locations – the FBCL website and a special “Fort Bend County Libraries Summer Reading Challenge” Facebook group on the FBCL Facebook page. The […]

Harris County Flood Control District Reminds Residents to Prepare as Hurricane Season Approaches

The 2020 Hurricane Season begins June 1 and forecasters are predicting an above normal storm season. The Harris County Flood Control District encourages Harris County residents to take time to prepare their families and homes for severe weather and related impacts. Preparedness is the key to protecting life and property. “The Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Watch Team will monitor rainfall trends and check the gauges that measure rainfall amounts and water levels in […]

All Six HCPH COVID-19 Test Sites are Moving to New Locations

New Test Site Locations Open Tuesday, June 2       Houston – Harris County Public Health’s two largest COVID-19 test sites are moving to new locations, in CyFair and Pasadena. These are the fixed sites currently in Baytown and Katy, the last day they will test is tomorrow,  Saturday, May 30. The new locations will open Tuesday, June 2 at Ken Pridgeon Stadium, 11355 Falcon Rd, Houston, TX 77065 and San Jacinto College Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, […]

UHV students win leadership awards

When Sydney Fitch received the news that the Walkie Talkie Journalist group had won the University of Houston-Victoria Student Organization of the Year award, she was surprised but happy that others recognized the group’s dedication. “It is such a shock because I just never thought we would be selected,” said Fitch, a Houston native and president of the organization. “All of our hard work and passion actually paid off, and I am really proud of […]

HHS Urges Long-Term Care Facilities to Update Emergency Preparedness Plans Amid Hurricane Season, Pandemic

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services is working with long-term care providers to prepare for natural disasters ahead of a busy hurricane season forecasted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Texas HHS is reminding providers across the state to review their emergency preparedness and response plans and make updates if necessary. Long-term care providers include nursing and assisted living facilities, hospices, intermediate care facilities and group homes. These facilities regularly prepare for natural […]

Targeted therapy pralsetinib achieves high response rates in advanced cancers with RET gene fusions

Vivek Subbiah MD

MD Anderson-led Phase I/II ARROW trial finds RET inhibitor to be well-tolerated with durable antitumor activity HOUSTON ― The targeted therapy pralsetinib appears to have high response rates and durable activity in patients with a broad variety of tumors harboring RET gene fusions, according to results from the international Phase I/II ARROW trial, led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In patients with RET fusion-positive thyroid cancers, pralsetinib achieved an overall response rate (ORR), indicating tumor shrinkage, of 91% […]

Monty Ballard Ymca At Cinco Ranch Completes Interior Renovation 

Building closure during COVID-19 expedites renovation timeline to enhance member experience HOUSTON (May 28, 2020) – The Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch is pleased to announce the completion of an interior renovation project made possible by a generous gift from YMCA of Greater Houston longtime supporter, Monty Ballard. Project renovations include three newly reimagined spaces, redesigned locker rooms and family changing rooms, along with visual enhancements including new color palettes, flooring, furniture, lighting fixtures and upgrades to […]

Katy ISD to Move Forward with Outdoor Graduations for the Class of 2020  

KATY [May 28, 2020] – Graduation is an exciting moment filled with memories for both graduates and their families, and it also marks the beginning of a new chapter for students.  However, staging graduation ceremonies amid a global health crisis that has led to social distancing and restrictions on large indoor gatherings has proven challenging for many school districts. For this reason, at this past Tuesday’s Board Meeting, Trustees determined that in lieu of traditional indoor […]

One-stop resource center serving Fort Bend County during COVID 19

On Tuesday, May 26, Fort Bend County Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant announced the opening of a one-stop Resource Center in response to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19 in Fort Bend County. The pandemic has resulted in many facing job loss, food insecurities, and mental anxiety and stress. A DeMerchant Community Collaborative effort with the partnership of Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale of Gallery Furniture, Houston Food Bank, Fort Bend County Judge KP George, and Fort Bend […]