5 things to know today, including the latest Covid news and a couple bonus items

Happy Friday, Houston! There’s been a lot of news this week, especially after Hurricane Nicholas exited the area. Local gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was even in the news twice this week. She not only testified before Congress about the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar abuse investigation, but she also was featured on Time magazine’s 2021 Most Influential People list.

Here are five other things making news ahead of the weekend.

• Just a few days ago, hundreds of thousands of people were…