5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, Sept. 9

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Here are things you need to know for Wednesday, Sept. 9:

1. Abbott extends coronavirus disaster declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended his disaster declaration related to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, Abbott signed an extension of the order that was originally issued March 13. It declares that COVID-19 “poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas.”

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2. Congress investigates Fort Hood following 28 soldier deaths

Congress will launch an investigation into sexual assault, disappearances, deaths and the leadership’s response at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the U.S. Army base in Texas died this year, two subcommittee leaders announced Tuesday.

According to data from Fort Hood officials, the 28 deaths include five homicides, as well as accidents, suicides, deaths related to illness, cases still under investigation and one combat-related death.