Thursday KTRH News Update


Here are the stories we're reporting on KTRH News. We apologize for the ALL-CAPS. It's how we type our newscasts.

THE BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION IS PROVIDING 100,000 BOOKS TO 50 HOUSTON I-S-D CAMPUSES TODAY. THEY'LL BE GIVEN TO FAMILIES WITH KIDS FROM PRE-K THROUGH 8TH GRADE.

CONTINGENCY PLANS ARE UNDERWAY TO TURN N-R-G STADIUM INTO A MAKE-SHIFT MEDICAL FACILITY TO HANDLE AN EXPECTED SURGE OF COVID-19 CASES. THE CITY OF HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY AND THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER ARE LOOKING AT ALL OPTIONS WHEN CASES PEAK IN TWO TO FOUR WEEKS. THEY COULD COME UP WITH ANOTHER 35-HUNDRED BEDS.

HEB IS WORKING WITH LOCAL RESTAURANTS TO HELP THEM SURVIVE. THIS WEEK IN HOUSTON *CHERRY BLOCK CRAFT BUTCHER AND KITCHEN* IN BRAVERY CHEF HALL, *BRENNAN’S* AND *SHEPHERD’S UNDERBELLY HOSPITALITY*WILL PREPARE H-E-B'S *MEALS TO GO.*

ERCOT REPORTS ELECTRICITY USAGE IS DOWN 2% IN THE STATE, A REFLECTION OF SLOWING ECONOMY.

HEB, KROGER AND WALMART ARE ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO WEAR MASKS AND GLOVES.

FORT BEND COUNTY EXTENDS THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER THROUGH APRIL 30TH.

THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS MORE THAN 46-HUNDRED CASES WITH 68 FATALITIES. THE HOUSTON AREA NOW HAS 1,540 CASES. HARRIS COUNTY WITH 389. THE CITY OF HOUSTON WITH 458. SIXTEEN PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE AREA.

FOURTEEN MORE HFD FIREFIGHTERS ARE UNDER QUARANTINE. 173 MEMBERS OF HFD ARE IN QUARANTINE; 49 HAVE SYMPTOMS; 12 HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. AND FOURTEEN HPD OFFICERS HAVE NOW TESTED FOR THE VIRUS.

A PAIR OF HOTELS HAVE BEEN LEASED BY THE CITY TO HOUSE QUARANTINED FIRST RESPONDERS AND HOMELESS PEOPLE.

THE POSTAL SERVICE SAYS AN EMPLOYEE AT THE CYPRESS POST OFFICE HAS TESTED POSITIVE, BUT THAT THE RISK FOR OTHER WORKERS THERE IS "LOW."

SCHLUMBERGER EXECUTIVES ARE TAKING PAY CUTS WHILE THE OIL-FIELD SERVICES COMPANY LAYS OFF AND FURLOUGHS WORKERS.

A MANUFACTURING PLANT IN WALLER CLOSES AFTER 2 WORKERS TEST POSITIVE. THE DAIKIN TEXAS TECHNOLOGY PLANT IN WALLER SHUTS DOWN AFTER TWO EMPLOYEES TEST POSITIVE. THE PLANS HAS 4,000 WORKERS.

THE BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION IS PROVIDING 100,000 BOOKS TO 50 HOUSTON I-S-D CAMPUSES TODAY. THEY'LL BE GIVEN TO FAMILIES WITH KIDS FROM PRE-K THROUGH 8TH GRADE.


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