Stories tagged: Houston
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Debris removal from Harvey starts to wrap up in Texas
Residents across the Houston area are starting to wrap up the monthslong effort of removing debris created by Hurricane Harvey.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
Agency: Texas chemical plant unprepared for Hurricane Harvey
Federal investigators say they’ve seen no signs that a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey considered moving its highly unstable compounds offsite as a precaution.
Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Top Houston area official calls for major flood control plan
The Houston area should have a new reservoir, fix aging reservoirs and complete long-sought bayou and creek flood control projects as part of 15 recommendations from the top elected official …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
U.S. home sales ticked up in September as Houston recovers
U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Texas man’s execution halted amid alleged confession scheme
A man who became known as the Houston area’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of the way he strangled his victims was set for execution Wednesday evening.
Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 11 a.m.
Houston asks oilman to help with hard choices after Harvey
The choice of former Shell president Marvin Odum to advise the mayor on storm recovery efforts reflects Houston’s history as a Texas oil town, long before it became the nation’s …
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Lawsuit: Teen expelled for sitting for Pledge of Allegiance
A lawsuit says a Houston student’s Constitutional rights were violated when she was expelled for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Houston eyes flood control projects during Harvey recovery
Houston officials said Saturday that they’re already thinking about how to build and fund projects that will lessen the blow of the next storm, even as the nation’s fourth-largest city …
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
EPA says dioxins might have washed downriver during Harvey
The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding …
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:07 a.m.
Oregon researchers test Houston residents for toxic exposure
Hundreds of Houston residents are wearing silicon wristbands that will allow researchers at Oregon State University to find out what toxic chemicals they may have been exposed to in the …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 4:40 p.m.
Study: FEMA’s Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
Evidence of spills during floods at toxic site
The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 3:47 p.m.
Hurricane victims facing a long road to home reconstruction
With floodwaters nearing knee height, Arlene Estle fled to the upstairs of the Houston house where she’s lived for 50 years and raised four children. It was many hours later …
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 6:44 p.m.
NCAA OKs request by Houston coach for aid to Harvey victims
The NCAA is signing off on a request for aid for Hurricane Harvey victims that began with a tweet from Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
Harvey’s floodwaters give way to steaming piles of garbage
Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
Goodman: Events highlight climate change, racism
Last weekend, we traveled to Houston to see Harvey’s impact up close. It quickly became clear that we were witnessing the fallout from twin disasters: climate change and racism.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Houston residents mark Labor Day sorting through storm ruins
Houston’s mayor insists that America’s fourth-largest city is “open for business,” but with areas under water, people not yet in their homes, and billions in damage to repair, major disasters …
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 9:19 p.m.
Houston braces for more flooding, chemical plant fires out
Authorities carried out a controlled burn Sunday at a chemical plant damaged by Harvey, sending small flames and gray smoke into the sky, after saying the highly unstable compounds that …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
Houston’s homeless shrug off riding out Harvey on streets
For all the hardship and pain unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, many of Houston’s homeless shrugged it off.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
Teen’s bar mitzvah gives Houston chance to commiserate, heal
It wasn’t a typical bar mitzvah, but then nothing has been typical in the Houston area since Harvey came ashore as a powerful hurricane and left whole sections of the …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
Flowers: During tragedy, critics looked at shoes
Anyone who thought that ruminating on Melania Trump’s choice of shoes was appropriate is nothing more than a pathetic rube.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 9:12 p.m.
Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area
Long a center of the nation’s petrochemical industry, the Houston metro area has more than a dozen Superfund sites, designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as being among America’s most …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 9:26 p.m.
Trump pitches in at shelter for Harvey victims
The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived Saturday morning in Houston, and their first order of business is to meet with people affected by the storm and flooding. They’re …
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
Harrop: Meeting Houston through the disaster
For now, the faces and voices of America’s fourth-largest city are not oilmen, quarterbacks, pop stars or U.S. senators. They are the people of Houston in soggy sweatshirts and scraggly …
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017
Goodman: Global warming ignored once again
You can’t attribute any given weather event to climate change, but human-induced climate change is making extreme weather events stronger and more frequent, more costly, more deadly.
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017
Martin Schram: Tragedy reintroduces world to America
The world watched news showing strangers helping strangers, saving the lives of whole families, elders, and invalids, hauling them into their small boats.
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
Impact of Houston’s economy is felt well beyond its area
The Houston that was battered by Hurricane Harvey is an economic powerhouse whose influence reaches far beyond its region, leading many to worry about when its economy be able to …
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:25 p.m.
As Houston floodwaters recede, returning residents make some grim discoveries
So far, Hurricane Harvey has claimed 31 lives in the Houston area, and more statewide as the storm spread to suburbs, then east to Beaumont and Port Arthur. But the …
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
President Trump will donate $1 million to Harvey relief, White House officials say
President Donald Trump is pledging $1 million in personal money to Harvey storm relief efforts.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
Spokane horticulturist stranded by Harvey
Shannan Knox was hanging out with her nieces at her sister’s house in northwest Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit. The Spokane landscape horticulturist was born and raised in Houston and …