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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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.
Coastal residents are reviewing damage left by Hurricane Nicholas. Unfortunately, they're doing so without power or water.
HOUSTON – The First Court of Appeals recently wiped a $228,500 verdict against Cash America Pawn in a malicious prosecution lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by Ronald Alonzo, a former Cash America employee, back in 2017 and also named Stephanie Fields and Robert Elder as defendants. Court records show Alonzo...
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HOUSTON – “Houston is where all of America is going to be as the 21st century unfolds…”. Dr. Stephen Klineberg, founding-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, has been studying the growth and diversity of Houston’s population for 40 years. His work is part of the Kinder Houston...
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.
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.
'We are very happy to live here' | Refugee opens up about life in Houston more than a month after fleeing Afghanistan
'Murad' says he was repeatedly threatened by the Taliban because he worked with the U.S. He fled his native country with his wife and three sons in early August.
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.
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SANTA FE, Texas - **EDITOR'S NOTE** The family featured in this story has had their power restored as of Thursday night, hours after this story aired. Nicholas has come and gone but even days after Tuesday's storm, Houston area residents tell us they remain in the dark. CenterPoint Energy is...
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces ongoing efforts to help fund minority-owned small businesses in the area
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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. www.foxbridgenorth.com.