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Bryan City Council OKs delayed payment of hotel occupancy taxes

Bryan council members approved an ordinance Tuesday that grants hoteliers extra time to pay their hotel occupancy taxes in light of recent changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: World… ...

Faces of the Pandemic: Learning Express Toys of College Station keeps the fun going

Learning Express Toys of College Station, once filled with the sound of children laughing and playing, is now quiet. Too quiet, owner Bridget Mais said. Source: World Business ...

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opens Wednesday in College Station

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is opening today in College Station — following state and local guidelines and with a quiet grand opening. Source: World Business ...

Focusing on the positive

We have all heard the messages about what we are not supposed to do as the United States fights to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the… ...

99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Raises $3.3 Million for Hospital Workers Simply By Walking Laps of His Garden

The English senior originally hoped to raise £1,000 for healthcare workers by walking 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday. The post 99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Raises $3.3 Million… ...

Stressed? This Study Says You Simply Need a 20-Minute ‘Nature Pill’

This first-of-its-kind study zeroed in on the optimal amount of time the average person could spend in contact with nature in order to enjoy its benefits. The post Stressed? This… ...

Watch Tom Hanks Kick Off First Ever SNL Episode Filmed From Home With Sweet Intro About His Recovery

The episode marked the first time that the show has ever been filmed from the homes of the cast members—and they were even joined by other celebrities, too. The post… ...

Exciting New Data Says Renewables Accounted for Almost Three Quarters of New Energy Capacity in 2019

Not only did renewable energy sources make up more than 70% of new global power capacity, solar and wind accounted for 90% of it. The post Exciting New Data Says… ...

17-Year-Old ‘Angel’ Cashier Picks Up $173 Grocery Bill for Senior Shopper Who Found Himself Short on Cash

A senior supermarket customer praised a teenage employee for being “the light of day” after she insisted on paying for his groceries last week. The post 17-Year-Old ‘Angel’ Cashier Picks… ...

Good News in History, April 14

On this day 160 years ago, the first Pony Express delivery arrived at its San Francisco destination eleven days after departing St. Joseph, Missouri—a delivery time that many said was… ...

Teens Launch Hotline for Isolated Seniors to Listen to Pre-Recorded Jokes, Stories, and Messages of Hope

A team of Calgary high schoolers are hoping to bring joy into the quarantined homes of seniors by playing pre-recorded messages on their Joy4All hotline. The post Teens Launch Hotline… ...

Anonymous Donor Gives Away $82,000 Worth of Gift Cards to All 1,400 Residents of Small Iowa Town

Collectively, the unidentified do-gooder gave away $150 in gift cards to every one of the 1,450 households in Earlham, Iowa. The post Anonymous Donor Gives Away $82,000 Worth of Gift… ...

Metal Surfaces Can Now Be Instant Bacteria Killers, Thanks to New Laser Treatment Technique

Researchers from Pursue University have come up with a simple method of turning everyday metal surfaces into bacteria-killers. The post Metal Surfaces Can Now Be Instant Bacteria Killers, Thanks to… ...

Beloved Opera Singer Unites Millions of Viewers With Livestreamed Easter Performance in Empty Cathedral

Since the Andrea Bocelli Foundation also began raising money for Italian healthcare teams, they have raised more than a quarter-million dollars. The post Beloved Opera Singer Unites Millions of Viewers… ...

Aspiring Barista Uses Coffee Shop Supplies to Make Free Drinks for Essential Workers From His Window

Ben Ramirez has been using his time in self-isolation to offer free pick-me-ups to mailmen and hospital workers passing by his window. The post Aspiring Barista Uses Coffee Shop Supplies… ...

Good News in History, April 13

150 years ago today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was chartered by the state of New York. The new institution started with nothing, unlike other world-famous museums born from royal… ...

DAVE SAYS: Small business owners seek help with financial quandaries

Dear Dave: My husband runs a small business that has never done very well. We have three kids, and I make $55,000 annually in my job. Part of what I… ...

Fears of ‘Wild West’ as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials… ...

Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announces latest recipients

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announced its Phase 1, Round II award recipients on Friday — granting $222,400 to four nonprofits and 17 small businesses. ...

In Groundbreaking Vote for Sustainability, EU Moves to Approve Insects for Human Consumption

The legislation is set to open up a whole new market to a sustainable source of protein and nutrition for the European Union. The post In Groundbreaking Vote for Sustainability,… ...

Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic Bottles in Hours is On Track to Change the Recycling Game

Carbios is responsible for making a new enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles in just 10 hours—all while keeping them molecularly sound. The post Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic… ...

Fears of 'Wild West' as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials… ...

For First Time in History, AI Learns to Translate Silent Human Brain Activity into Text for Locked-In Syndrome Patients

In a landmark technological achievement, scientist has developed an AI system that can translate the thoughts of paralyzed patients into words. The post For First Time in History, AI Learns… ...

Good News in History, April 12

40 years ago today, a young man named Terry Fox began his heroic Marathon of Hope across Canada. In St. John’s, Newfoundland, standing on an artificial leg, he touched his… ...

DAVE SAYS: Small business owners seek help with financial quandaries

Dear Dave: My husband runs a small business that has never done very well. We have three kids, and I make $55,000 annually in my job. Part of what I… ...

Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announces latest recipients

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announced its Phase 1, Round II award recipients on Friday — granting $222,400 to four nonprofits and 17 small businesses. Source: World Business ...

In resurrection, a lesson for us all

Today is Saturday of Holy Week. As the story from the Scriptures is told, Jesus was betrayed on Thursday and arrested. He was crucified Friday and buried that evening before… ...

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