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County approves safety plan after Astroworld tragedy (Nov. 30, 2022)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, or @HoustonMatters. On Wednesday’s show: Harris County officials approved the safety agreement drafted by the special events taskforce in response to the Astroworld tragedy. But does it go far enough?. Also...

Can dogs drink water under a boil advisory?

HOUSTON (KIAH) The city-wide boil water notice is impacting 2.2 million Houstonians, but what about your pets?. In 2021, the Census recorded more than 128.5 million in the U.S. with one pet in their home. Houston ranks fourth among homes with pets according to the U.S. Census American Housing Survey.

How Houston’s homeless strategy became a model for other U.S. cities

Editor’s note: This is the first piece in a series on the factors that have led to the success of Houston’s homeless response system, and the challenges the city faces and will continue to face in addressing homelessness. Just a decade ago, Houston had the sixth largest homeless...

10 Christmas-Free Things to Do in Houston on Christmas Day

Here are some cool places that are open—mostly free of Christmas lights. For Some, CHRISTMAS is all about opening gifts from Santa, eating plenty of food, and spending quality time with the family, which is why on Christmas Day, it might seem like Houston goes into quiet mode. But traditional Christmas celebrations aren’t for everybody—not everyone decorates a tree or partakes in festive activities on the 25th. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 things for you to do on Christmas Day that don’t require you to be in the holiday mindset.

Houston Boil Water Notice: Houston ISD campuses to be closed on Tuesday

HOUSTON - Officials with the Houston Independent School District says they're closing their campuses for an additional day due to the boil water notice. School officials said on their Twitter page that all Houston ISD campuses and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, November 29. Officials said in a statement...

Commissioners approve new agreement between city, Harris County over responsibilities at NRG Park after deadly Astroworld Festival

HOUSTON – Harris County commissioners voted to approve the new potential agreement between Harris County and the City of Houston over their responsibilities at NRG Park. The consensus comes a little more than a year after 10 people lost their lives because of a crowd crush at the Astroworld Festival on Nov. 5, 2021.

What Chick-fil-A and H-E-B can teach Texas about running elections

DALLAS — While the 2022 election has come and gone, its shadow will loom over Harris County for weeks, and possibly months, to come. District Attorney Kim Ogg is investigating the election in Harris County after receiving a referral from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. Ogg also asked the Texas Rangers for assistance.

3 Things To Know Today

The nation’s fourth largest city – that’d be Houston – is now under a boil water notice. Officials have directed the population of 2.3-million to boil anything they plan to use for drinking, cooking, bathing – even brushing their teeth – for at least three minutes. What happened? Water pressure dropped below minimum standards after a power outage at its main water plant. Residents are being told not to drink the water without boiling it for two minutes. The earliest day the notice will be lifted is tomorrow. "The State of Texas is immediately responding and deploying support to Houston as they work to get a safe supply of water back online," Texas Governor Abbott says in a statement. "We have been in contact with Mayor Turner to offer the full support of the state, and we're currently working to fulfill the city's request for help with rapid turnaround of water sample results.”

The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: December 2 to 4, 2022

Take a tour of H-Town’s weekend highlights with our 365 Houston guide to the best things to do in Houston this weekend, from Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4, 2022. Every weekend, Houston has plenty of happenings to be found around town—but which ones are the highlights that can help you plan an enjoyable weekend of outings?

How Houston has Evolved to Embrace Multimodal Transportation

Houston often makes lists of some of the nation’s most sprawling, car-centric metros. But, the city has evolved over the years to include more light rail and other multimodal transportation options as it looks to become more climate-friendly. As of 2021, Houston has more than 400 miles of trails and bike lanes with the goal of constructing a total of 500 miles by 2025. And the city is on track to meet that goal.