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A Future Hurricane Could Destroy Houston, According To Experts

A powerful hurricane could devastate Houston and Galveston, rendering the entire region uninhabitable for years. Photo by NOAA (Public Domain) The city of Houston is extremely vulnerable. Situated on the Texas Gulf Coast, it has previously been the target of several major hurricanes, including Harvey. Although the damage cost billions of dollars, the city managed to rebuild and stay intact. But someday in the future, many experts predict that Houston won't be so lucky.
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City of Seabrook unable to help with Hurricane Nicholas storm clean-up

HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) – The city of Seabrook says it’s not removing storm debris from homes impacted by Hurricane Nicholas. Although Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski issued disaster declarations, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) did not issue a disaster declaration for Texas. Without that FEMA disaster declaration, the city of Seabrook says it’s unable to execute a storm-debris removal contract.
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Here comes another Texas voter purge, but this time with a wrinkle

Two years after Texas officials fumbled an effort to double-check the voting rolls on a hunt for noncitizens — and instead threatened the voting rights of nearly 60,000 eligible Texans — similar efforts to purge noncitizen voters are now the law of the land, thanks to provisions tucked into the massive elections bill enacted this month.
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Three things Houstonians need to know about Texas' new voting laws

Voting will look a lot differently in Texas after Governor Greg Abbott inked his signature on Senate Bill 1. The Texas voting bill tightens voting rules and clamps down on counties’ freedom to expand alternatives to in-personal ballot casting, though Abbott argues it will help fight voter fraud. The measure, which will take effect in time for the 2022 primary elections, targets voting methods Harris County used in the 2020 elections to boost voter turnout and accessibility, per Alexa Ura of the Texas Tribune.
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Houston-area ICU beds remain scarce even as COVID hospitalizations decline across Texas

COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining across Texas and the Houston region, but ICUs remain stubbornly full, as the sickest patients require care for a longer period of time. Last week, the number of available adult ICU beds in Texas sunk below 300 for the first time in the pandemic, with 270 beds available on Sept. 8 and 279 available on Sept. 9, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. There were 326 beds available this Wednesday, including 65 in the nine-county region surrounding Houston, the data show.

Dr. Christie Whitback appointed as new superintendent for Fort Bend ISD

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - Fort Bend ISD has appointed a new superintendent Thursday with the Board of Trustees voting to approve Dr. Christie Whitbeck. According to a press release from the district, Dr. Whitbeck is regarded statewide as an experienced, award-winning leader and innovator, who has served on several state committees to support public education in Texas.

COVID Help Desk: Are we past the peak of the delta variant surge in Houston?

Each week, Chronicle health reporters field questions about the latest on COVID-19, vaccines and pandemic life. In this week’s COVID Help Desk, we explain why the messaging keeps changing for booster shots, if parents can really expect vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds by Halloween, whether Houston has entered the post-peak of the delta variant surge and how to safely attend a football game.

Anti-Voting Law in Texas Gets Heavy Backlash

The Texas legislature has received a wave of major pushback in recent weeks due to the passing of multiple bills including Senate Bill 8, and most recently Senate Bill 1. The latest, placing aggressive restrictions on voting on the local and state level. The bill, also known as the “Election...

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces ongoing efforts to help fund minority-owned small businesses in the area

HOUSTON – Mayor Turner held a news conference Wednesday to announce the second round of Comcast RISE Investment Fund grants for Houston area minority-owned small businesses. The Comcast RISE Investment Fund is focused on small businesses in Harris and Fort Bend Counties that have been in business for three or more years with one to 25 employees. Eligible businesses can apply online at from Oct. 1 through Oct. 14 for one of the 100, $10,000 grants.

Apartment community Fox Bridge North now open off the Grand Parkway in Spring

Fox Bridge North, a new apartment community in Spring, opened July 12, offering one- to three-bedroom apartments for rent starting at $1,130 per month. The 15-acre complex, located at 7515 Spring Stuebner Road, features 368 units and amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center, a swimming pool and a pet park. Construction of the complex began in January 2020, and final renovations will wrap up by Nov. 30. 281-251-4663.