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Deal reached on $2-trillion coronavirus stimulus bill — largest by far in U.S. history


March 25, 2020

WASHINGTON —  After haggling for days over the final details, Senate Democrats and the White House agreed Wednesday to a nearly $2-trillion stimulus package to combat the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, including direct payments to most Americans and a half-trillion-dollar fund to shore up struggling companies. The stimulus bill — by far the largest ever proposed — comes with …

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H-E-B installs sneeze guards to help keep employees healthy


March 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Although many stores have been encouraged to stay open during the pandemic, one grocer has created a way to keep their cashiers safe and away from potentially sick customers. Cashiers will now serve customers from behind a sneeze guard. To protect shoppers, H-E-B says it has also designated a new COVID-19 manager at each store responsible …

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League City daycare offering discounts to families of essential workers


March 25, 2020

LEAGUE CITY, TX (KTRK) — Karen Norris would rather be at home with her child. But, she’s a clinical laboratory scientist, and today, daycare was her only option. “I’m at the Methodist hospital in Clear Lake. We are collecting the samples for the COVID19 testing down to Methodist downtown,” she explained. Most of the kids in daycare today need to …

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85 more Houston-area coronavirus cases reported Tuesday


March 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Before Tuesday, the Houston-area was nearing 200 total cases. By the afternoon, the area added 85 new cases, bringing the total closer to 300. In all, 284 COVID-19 cases have been identified. Earlier in the day, the various county and city governments in the area began issuing “stay-at-home” orders to slow the spread of the virus. …

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You can ride the Harris County toll roads for free until April 29


March 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — To help make things a bit easier for drivers who still have to travel to work during the Stay Home – Work Safe Order, the Harris County Toll Road Authority is making tollways free for 30 days. The announcement Tuesday came moments after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo ordered for people to stay in their homes …

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Chris Shepherd’s Southern Smoke Foundation helps hospitality workers


March 25, 2020

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Chris Shepherd never expected anything like this when he started the Southern Smoke Foundation in 2015. “I never imagined it,” said Shepherd. The foundation originated as a way to raise money for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Around the time of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, they shifted their focus towards helping members of the hospitality workers …

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Roadside assistance still available to drivers during pandemic


March 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Millions of us are asked to stay at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, but whether it’s essential work or a trip to the grocery store, some of us can’t. Some people are wondering if roadside assistance is still available during the pandemic. Tow and Go Program The Tow and Go program operates on most Harris …

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In potentially hard hit Houston neighborhoods, anxiety spreads over COVID-19 spread


March 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — In her Tuesday morning announcement of a Stay Home order, Harris County Judge Lina Hidaldo suggested she was nervous about public health predictions that the region’s supply of hospital beds wouldn’t be enough. “By staying home, we’re saving lives,” Hidalgo told the county. In neighborhoods where public health experts suggest coronavirus could be especially hard-hitting, the …

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