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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Houston Officials Hope Harvey Convinces Congress To Fund Coastal Barrier

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge during hurricanes. Though such a barrier system would not have guarded against the unrelenting and unprecedented rain Hurricane Harvey dumped on the area, Turner — one of the region’s last leaders to endorse the so-called “coastal spine” concept — said at a Tuesday news conference that he believes it is crucial.

September 14, 2017
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Development And Disasters — A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

“In the Houston metro area alone, there is more than $325 billion in residential value at risk,” Simmons said in an interview. “Most damage to residential property will be flooding and if people don’t have flood insurance they are on their own.” (Most don’t, in part because the floodwaters reached so far beyond established danger zones.)

September 2, 2017
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Houston Taco Trucks Register Voters As Latinos Flex Political Muscle

Taco trucks in Houston have begun doubling as voter registration sites as Latinos in Texas flex their political muscle before the Nov. 8 presidential election in a state that has long symbolized Mexican immigration to the United States.

September 30, 2016

Gunman Injures Several In Houston; Suspect Shot By Police

At least six people were injured by a shooter who fired at vehicles inHouston on Monday before police officers shot the suspect and took him into custody, authorities in the Texas city said.

September 26, 2016
Texas governor Greg Abbott is given directions before an interview with CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this July 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Texas Leads The Way In Transphobia, Yet Again

In 2015, groups such as Campaign for Houston began a culture-wide propaganda campaign to deny transgender people basic legal protections. Enlisting the likes of former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman and pastor Ed Young, conservatives in the state leaned heavily on the “men in girls’ bathrooms” narrative.

May 26, 2016

Late Night Roundup: ‘Captain Of The Vice Squad’

Jill Biden sat down with Seth Meyers, and talked about how she’d prefer a better title than “Second Lady.”

November 5, 2015

Houston Voters Reject Civil Rights Measure For LGBT Community

Voters in Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city, rejected a measure that have would banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, protections not guaranteed under Texas law.

November 4, 2015

Nondiscrimination Ordinance Puts Houston At The Center Of Latest LGBT Rights Battle

Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city and a moderate, admittedly wonkish, politician, has made Tuesday’s citywide vote on the nondiscrimination ordinance a deeply personal battle.

November 2, 2015

Rain Spreads Havoc Across Houston

More than 11 inches of rain transformed many neighborhoods in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, into a disaster zone and those caught off-guard sheltered where they could overnight.

May 27, 2015
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Epic Texas Rainfall Floods Parts Of Houston, Austin, Dallas; Thousands Displaced

Thousands displaced, and an increased death count from the storm disasters in Texas and Oklahoma.

May 26, 2015

L.A., Houston, Philadelphia Mayors Vow More Action On Climate Change

Los Angeles, Houston, and Philadelphia Mayors have pledged to start an initiative to cut carbon emissions and support a binding global climate agreement. The initiative will be called the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda.

September 22, 2014

Houston Now Dog-Bite Capital For Postal Carriers

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Houston has jumped to the No. 1 most dangerous city in the nation when it comes to dogs biting postal workers. Last year, dogs attacked 5,581 postal employees. Houston wrested the top spot from Los Angeles, which fell to No. 2 in the latest standings. Officials say about 4.5 […]

May 16, 2014

Two Ships Scour 150-Mile Path For ‘Black Box’ Signal From Missing Malaysian Plane

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Investigators began searching underwater Friday for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with two ships homing in on a 150-mile path in the Indian Ocean where analysts believe the jet probably went down. A pinger locator lent by the U.S. Navy was being towed by the Australian ship Ocean […]

April 4, 2014