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EPA to clean up toxic Texas site damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Federal environmental regulators have reached a long-awaited agreement with the owners of a polluted toxic waste site in Texas that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey, releasing dangerous chemicals into a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 1:53 p.m.

7 months after Hurricane Harvey, flood-control projects’ fate unclear

Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston’s flooding woes went to the top of the area’s to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation’s fourth-largest city.


Hurricane Center: Harvey’s ‘overwhelming’ rains were likely nation’s most extreme ever

Hurricane Harvey unleashed a tropical deluge probably unsurpassed in U.S. history, the National Hurricane Center says. In an in-depth meteorological review of the storm released Thursday, the center said it …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Hurricane Harvey survivors feel grief, distress months later

Deb Eberhart couldn’t sleep and was easily moved to tears as she worked to coordinate repairs to her Houston home in the months after flooding from Hurricane Harvey besieged it …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

FEMA sells disaster trailers cheaply despite victim demand

The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece – not counting utilities, maintenance or labor – on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate …


Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share …


Advocates say Texas exploiting day laborers after Harvey

Hundreds of day laborers like Guillermo Miranda Vazquez have quietly become an integral part of the recovery from Harvey, toiling in dangerous conditions amid the fear of being picked up …


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.


Texas governor: White House disaster aid bill ‘inadequate’

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday criticized as “completely inadequate” the Trump administration’s $44 billion request to Congress for disaster relief in his hurricane-ravaged state and other areas hammered …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Harvey’s ‘biblical’ rainfall is getting more likely

The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before …


Temporary dump in storm-ravaged southeast Texas city closed

A temporary dumping ground used to sort moldy debris from buildings flooded after Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas was closed following a weeks-long campaign by the neighborhood’s predominantly elderly black …


Astros’ World Series run lifts Houston amid Hurricane Harvey recovery

Paul Daulong hopes the Houston Astros jersey his daughter gave him after Hurricane Harvey’s flooding devastated the family’s home will be a good luck charm as his beloved baseball team …


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 …


Texas city requires no Israel boycott for hurricane relief

A civil rights group on Friday called unconstitutional a Houston suburb’s hurricane repair grant program that says residents cannot boycott Israel as a condition of receiving any money.


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 …


U.S. industrial production rose solid 0.3 percent in September

U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.3 percent in September, but the increase was limited due to the lingering damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate

Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same …


Astros trying to give Houston a boost in wake of Hurricane Harvey

Every time the Astros suit up, they wear a simple patch as a reminder of what Houston lost to Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding. The city is determined to …


Goodman: Trump lies as global warming’s victims die

Legendary independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone often cautioned, “All governments lie.” But even Izzy would have been dizzy with the deluge of lies pouring out of the Trump administration, including …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

EPA orders cleanup at Texas toxic site flooded by Harvey

The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It’s ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may …


Poll: Americans blame wild weather on global warming

After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more severe and see global warming’s fingerprints.


Texas delegation requests $19B in additional Harvey aid

The Texas congressional delegation asked Thursday for $19 billion to help the Lone Star State recover from Harvey, with both Republicans and Democrats teaming up behind a request to repair …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

Released sea turtle carries oceanographer’s ashes out to sea

A rescued green sea turtle named Picasso was released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, carrying the ashes of a self-taught Texas oceanographer who founded the rehabilitation center …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Texans’ Deshaun Watson donates 1st game check to stadium workers

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Deshaun Watson donates first game check to Harvey victims at stadium

Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Watson surprised three women who work in the …


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.