5 things for Houstonians to know for Tuesday, Feb. 9

New variants raise concern
New variants raise concern

Here are things to know for Tuesday, Feb. 9:

1. 17 people shot this weekend in Houston, including four teenagers

Between Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 17 people including four teenagers were shot in Houston, the most of any weekend this year and part of a growing trend of violence in the city.

“We haven’t seen this kind of violence, since the late 80s and early 90s when crack first hit the streets here in Houston,” said Doug Griffith, the president of the Houston Police Officers Union.

Mayor Sylvester Turner began his Monday press conference addressing the shootings, instead of COVID-19, calling his administration’s commitment to reducing crime “our top priority.”

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2. Local analysts weigh in on stimulus package, direct $1,400 checks

House Democrats released more details about their COVID-19 relief bill and its $1,400 stimulus checks. This comes after President Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, which local analysts say will help people and the economy.