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From Texas Standard:

Summertime means more Texans are expected to be out and gathering in public places. But that's a problem during a pandemic when the only way to keep the coronavirus from spreading is by maintaining social distance.

It’s been a season of disappointment for millions of high school and college seniors. In addition to the sudden cancelation of classes, sports and senior celebrations, many will forgo the traditional graduation for online or postponed ceremonies.

After days of public demands for access, the Houston Police Department announced it will not release video of the deadly shooting of a black man.

Adrian Medearis, a 48-year-old gospel singer and choir director, was shot multiple times by a police officer in what started off as a speeding traffic stop last Friday. The routine violation turned into a suspected drunken driving offense before quickly escalating into a deadly scuffle, according to Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

A second round of funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program opened this week. The aim is to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.

Here and Now‘s Robin Young checks in with a business owner who got a loan, Janice Jucker, of Three Brothers Bakery in Houston, Texas, about how she is adapting her business to get by.

Erin Rodriguez said her son Ricky, 10, misses his friends and Scrabble competitions. She says the coronavirus outbreak been isolating for her three sons, who have autism and find a lot of social connections in school.
Courtesy Erin Rodriguez

At Pin Oak Middle School, Elise Friou gets intensive reading instruction. She’s 13 years old, in sixth grade and has Down syndrome. While her mom Jane Friou says she’s made a lot of progress, Elise still reads somewhere on a second-grade level.

A person wears a mask at the Houston Rodeo on March 9, 2020.
Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media

This story is part of Houston Public Media’s ongoing coronavirus coverage. For more stories and information about the coronavirus, visit the Houston Ready Hub.

The Houston Rodeo will shut down for the first time in more than 80 years as the city and Harris County prepared to declare a health emergency over community spread of the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

Last Voter In Line At Texas Southern University Waited 6 Hours To Cast His Ballot On Super Tuesday

Mar 4, 2020
Hervis Rogers gained national attention as the last person in line at Texas Southern University. He waited about six hours, and finally cast his vote around 1 a.m.
Jen Rice | Houston Public Media

He gained national attention through his tenacity at a local polling place, refusing to leave even after others might have: Hervis Rogers was the last man to vote at his Texas Southern University polling place early Wednesday morning, and possibly the last person to cast a ballot in the State of Texas when he did so around 1 a.m.

'This Is A Cluster': Massive Water Main Break Floods Houston's East Loop

Feb 27, 2020

Updated 2:41 p.m. CT

Parts of the city were left without water and drivers were left stranded standing on their cars to stay dry, as a massive water main break flooded a swath of the East Loop Thursday.

The 96-inch water main near Fidelity and North Carolina streets in the Galena Park area broke just after noon Thursday and flowed onto the southbound lanes near the Ship Channel Bridge, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

From Texas Standard:

For decades, the booking mug shot has been a staple of crime reporting by news organizations. But since the arrival of the internet, news organizations have published galleries of photos belonging to people who have been arrested, even when they haven't been tried for their alleged crimes. Last week, the Houston Chronicle became the latest news organization to end the use of mug shot galleries.

From Texas Standard:

With six major flooding events and disaster declarations in each of the past five years, Houston is facing a new normal when it comes to risk from a changing environment. Now, the city is looking to create what Mayor Sylvester Turner calls a "resilient city" with a new, 186-page master plan.

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