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Comcast RISE to Award $1 Million in Grants to BIPOC-Owned, Small Businesses in Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner, Comcast executives, and several community leaders gathered at City Hall last month to announce a new phase of the Comcast RISE program launching in Houston – the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. The Comcast RISE Investment Fund, will award $5 million dollars of grants to hundreds of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses in five cities nationwide, including $1 million in Houston.

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Schlitterbahn to host virtual National Hiring Day on March 13 for wide variety of jobs

Schlitterbahn Galveston, today announced plans to hire approximately 600 associates for the 2021 season. As part of its ramp-up to reopening, Schlitterbahn will be hosting a virtual National Hiring Day event on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Candidates can register online at

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Joy Priest Has Been Writing Ever Since She Could Hold A Pen

Joy Priest is a first-year doctoral student in the UH Creative Writing program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the

I’ve been a poet all my life, but I was a reader first,” said the first-year doctoral candidate in the University of Houston’s renowned Creative Writing Program. “My mother would read to me every night, and when I was about three years old, I started taking the book from her because I wanted to read it myself.”

Wells Fargo Foundation Donates $500k for Texas Winter Storm Disaster Relief

The devastating effects of several winter storms have left millions of Texans dealing with costly home damages and limited access to food and water. To help aid in relief efforts, the Wells Fargo Foundation will donate a total of $500,000 for response and recovery, including $50,000 to American Red Cross and $100,000 to Feeding America’s network of 21 food banks in the state. The remaining $350,000 will be used to support local nonprofit efforts, as well as aid with the recovery in communities of color, who have been disproportionately impacted during this crisis.

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H-E-B Issues State-Wide Call For Entries

Quest For Texas Best 2021 Expands Beyond Food Products Submissions Accepted February 24th – April 7th

Now in its eighth year, H-E-B Quest for Texas Best has expanded its search for the finest foods and beverages in the Lone Star State to also include non-food items. In addition to food creators and innovators, Texas-based purveyors of beauty items, toys, home goods, household necessities, gardening supplies, coolers and everything in between are now invited to join! The call for entries is now open, and submissions will be accepted February 24th through April 7th. Qualified participants will compete for a combined $70,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to feature their product on H-E-B shelves across the state.

Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) Announces Moratorium Of Heavy Trash

Heavy Trash Code Enforcement Suspended Thru March 12th

Due to the continued inclement winter weather conditions in the City of Houston, and to ensure department employee safety, starting on Wednesday February 17, 2021 the operations at the Neighborhood Depository/ Recycling Centers, Westpark Recycling Center, Environmental Service Center, Reuse Warehouse will be closed. During this time, all recycling, yard waste and junk waste collection services will be suspended as well.

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Harris County Attorney – Christian D. Menefee Launches Civil Investigation Into ERCOT and Related Agencies

Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee announced today his office is launching a civil investigation into the circumstances leading up to Texas’s recent electricity disaster—including decisions made by the Public Utility Commission (PUC), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and market participants—to identify all responsible parties.

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Mayor Turner’s Statement On Resignation of ERCOT Board

Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement after five board members resigned from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

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Comcast NBCUniversal Commits $500,000 To Support Winter Storm Uri Relief Efforts

Our hearts go out to the people of Houston, including thousands of our employees and customers who have been impacted by the extreme and devastating effects of Winter Storm Uri. To help support those impacted by the disaster, Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to providing $500,000 in support to Houston-area relief efforts, including cash and in-kind contributions.

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Merrick Garland – President Joe Biden’s Nominee As A.G.

Merrick Brian Garland (born November 13, 1952) is an American attorney and jurist who serves as a United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has served on that court since 1997. President Joe Biden has nominated Garland for the position of United States attorney general.A native of the Chicago area, Garland attended Harvard University for his undergraduate and legal education.

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