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Matt Harab

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Recent articles by Matt:

ERCOT says power grid exceeded 80,000 MW for first time as Texas heat wave continues

This has been the hottest July on record, with temperatures averaging 100 degrees. → Read More

At least 4 injured after Baytown refinery explosion, sheriff says

The “major industrial accident” occurred just after 1 a.m. Thursday, officials said. → Read More

Houston Methodist has identified 8 new cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant

Methodist researchers identified the cases through its genome sequencing surveillance project. → Read More

A new Texas Children’s Hospital vaccine could receive overseas authorization this year, Dr. Peter Hotez says

The vaccine would only be used in India at first before researchers look to get approval for other countries with low vaccination rates. They hope that means fewer variants in the future. → Read More

Clear Brook High School under evacuation after potential bomb threat

The building was completely evacuated around 9:55 a.m., and law enforcement with bomb sniffing dogs were working as of 10:45 a.m. to investigate. → Read More

Houston health institutions prepare for COVID-19 vaccine approval for younger kids

Once final approval is given Houston health officials say addressing vaccine hesitancy in parents and reaching underserved communities will be key. → Read More

More Than 150 Houston Methodist Staffers Resigned Or Were Fired Or Over A COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Just 25 employees chose to get vaccinated and return to work. → Read More

Harris County To Begin Vacinating Kids 12 And Older On Thursday After CDC Guidance

According to Harris County Public Health, children 12-15 can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at NRG Park. → Read More

Harris County Opens 55,000 New Vaccine Slots After Unexpected Drop In Demand

Six out of nearly 7 million people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a potentially dangerous side effect -- or roughly 0.00000088% of all patients. But officials are afraid that's led to a lack of trust. → Read More

Harris County To Get 12,000 Doses Of The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine This Week

The doses will go to the FEMA vaccination site at NRG Park, starting Tuesday. → Read More

Coronavirus In Greater Houston: Texas Hospitalizations Are Reaching July COVID-19 Peaks

Health experts are worried about a possible spike in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving holiday travel. → Read More

A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Coming Soon. But Don’t Get Complacent Over The Holidays, Experts Say

Vaccines will probably not be in widespread use for weeks or even months, meaning masks and socia distancing will still be important to stopping the spread of the virus, according to Dr. Umair Shah of Harris County Public Health. → Read More

As Houston Mulls Police Reform, Chief Art Acevedo Responds To Activist Demands

Organizers are looking for action on Houston police reform. In an exclusive interview with Houston Public Media, Police Chief Art Acevedo addresses some of those demands. → Read More

Hurricane Laura: Austin Runs Out Of Rooms For Evacuees; Beaumont Prepares For Landfall

Houston-area leaders urged the region to prepare for severe winds and Galveston recommended some parts of the city evacuate Monday, as Tropical Storm Laura makes its way to the Gulf coastline. → Read More

To Stop COVID-19 Spread, Houston And Harris County Health Officials Bank On The Public

City and county officials have set ambitious COVID-19 benchmarks the community is not close to hitting, but which health officials believe can be reached if the public takes the virus seriously. → Read More

Houston Hospitals Are Struggling Financially Amid COVID-19

Public and private hospitals are both struggling with their finances as COVID-19 stresses the system and cuts off important revenue streams. → Read More

HISD Will Delay Opening Until After Labor Day, Go Virtual To Start The New School Year

The district will begin classes with virtual instruction until at least October. → Read More

City-Run July 4th Celebration Goes Virtual Due To COVID-19

The virtual celebration will feature performances from the Houston Symphony and other entertainers as well as a 15-minute firework finale. → Read More

COVID-19 Hospitalizations At All-Time High In Harris County, After Post-Memorial Day Surge

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases has raised the county's "threat level" and made it more likely that a new stay-at-home order would be issued, though it remained unclear whether the county had such authority. → Read More

Watch Live: Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Public Viewing For George Floyd In Houston

Floyd's body was brought to Houston over the weekend for two days of memorials ahead of his funeral Tuesday. → Read More