FRIDAY AM: Abbott to announce more re-openings; Beloved Astro has virus

The re-opening of the Texas economy continues, and Governor Greg Abbott could announce on Monday that more sectors of the economy will return.

Speculation is the Governor will focus on office buildings. Despite saying he wanted to re-open bars by mid-May, no date has been given for bars to come back. That led frustrated bar owners to rally outside the State Capitol earlier this week.

Monday is also the day when gyms will be allowed tore-open their doors, with restrictions.


  • As businesses re-open you might notice surcharges to cover COVID-19 costs. One hair salon has added a $3 "sanitation charge." Some restaurants have COVID surcharges as well.
  • Earlier this week Houston City Council member Letitia Plummer announced she was sick with COVID-19. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he tested negative for the virus.
  • Former Houston Astros player and manager Art Howe is in ICU with the virus. He told out TV partner Channel 2 he's feeling better but has never experienced something like this.You can hear what he had to say below.
  • The Greater Houston area reported 8 deaths yesterday for a total of 361.
  • The state of Texas reported 63 new deaths for a total of 1,235.
  • The Texas Lottery plans to re-open their claims center on June first and will process claims by appointment only.

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