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Hey, people of Houston! It’s me again, Jeffrey Perkins, your host of the Houston Daily.

First, today’s weather:

Fog in the morning. High: 80. Low: 72.

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Here are the top stories today in Houston:

  1. COVID-19 mitigation efforts made the seasonal flu a non-issue in 2020, but the flu is making a comeback in Texas in 2021 amid another coronavirus surge. (Houston Patch)
  2. COVID-19 infections are leaving Houston hospitals short-staffed again as the omicron variant spreads. (Subscription: Houston Chronicle)
  3. The unusual December heat will continue through Friday, but a cold front over the weekend will give Houston its first taste of wintry weather this season. (Houston Patch)
  4. Houston is the top Texas city for hiring remote talent for the technology industry, according to a new Karat report. (Houston Business Journal)
  5. A dispute over a stolen dog was the catalyst for a shooting at an east Houston gas station that left one person dead. Authorities are searching for three suspects. (Houston Patch)

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Today in Houston:

  • Screen on the Green: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at Discovery Green. (7 p.m.)
  • The Riot Comedy Show presents “Off the Dome” at Rudyard’s. (7:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Houston Texans running back Rex Burkhead was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week after a stellar performance against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. (Instagram)
  • The Houston Police Department shared a photo of the rifle a suspect was armed with when officers made contact with him during an incident at 9100 Kindlewood Dr. No shots were fired and no one was injured in this incident. The investigation remains ongoing. (Facebook)
  • Have you seen the holiday lights at Memorial Park Conservancy’s Eastern Glades? According to Visit Houston, the festive park will be up until Jan. 3, so see it before it’s gone! (Facebook)
  • According to the Houston Health Department, the latest samples show a sharp increase in the amount of coronavirus in Houston’s wastewater. The virus load is now 546 percent of the baseline, up from 142 percent last week and 76 percent the previous week. Get vaccinated, boosted, and wear a mask. (Facebook)

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Jeffrey Perkins

About me: Born in San Antonio, I was raised in Arkansas but got back to Texas as soon as I could to attend Texas A&M University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Media Studies. I started my journalism career as a copy editor at The Eagle in Bryan, Texas, in 2014 and later became the high school sports beat writer for the paper. My seven years at The Eagle strengthened my passion for journalism, and I love getting to know people and telling their stories, both on the field and off. I’ve seen firsthand the importance of hyper-local journalism in a community, especially in an eventful 2020, when I helped with news coverage and design in addition to my high school athletics beat responsibilities. I joined Patch in 2021 as Texas Field Editor for the Conroe-Montgomery County area. I welcome your questions, comments and story ideas! Please contact me at jeffrey.perkins@patch.com or (479) 264-5801.

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