Stories tagged: Texas
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Appeals court allows more of Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ law
Texas can require law enforcement to comply with requests from federal immigration authorities to detain people in local jails for possible deportation under a new “sanctuary cities” law supported by …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 6:36 a.m.
FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims
The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91
He found stardom in middle age with a haunting performance in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas.”
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Thousands of students return to school in storm-ravaged Houston
Tens of thousands of children are returning to school Monday in Houston, two weeks after Hurricane Harvey battered the city, flooding homes, sweeping away uniforms and school supplies, and shuttering …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
Congress sends aid bill, debt hike to Trump
Congress on Friday sent President Donald Trump a massive package of $15.3 billion in disaster aid linked to an increase in the nation’s borrowing authority that angered conservative Republicans who …
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.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ramping up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast, even as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered …
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017
Keillor: When a red state gets the blues
If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in …
Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Beyonce, Streisand to headline Harvey relief telethon
Sept. 12 event will benefit several organizations, including United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey …
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 …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 10:25 p.m.
Texas pups arrive at the Spokane shelters as donations for hurricane relief head south
The cuteness level went into overdrive Saturday at the Spokane Humane Society as more than 40 dogs arrived from Texas to find their new forever homes.
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 8:17 a.m.
Post-Harvey problems plague Texas as funerals for dead begin
One week after Harvey roared into the Gulf Coast, a Texas city struggled with no drinking water, fires kept erupting at a stricken chemical plant and funerals began for some …
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Black smoke, flames shoot up from Texas chemical plant
Thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up Friday from a flooded Houston-area chemical plant where highly unstable compounds blew up a day earlier after losing refrigeration.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
City struggles to restore water service in Harvey aftermath
As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline …
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, 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: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Vice President Pence surveys Harvey’s wreckage in Texas
Donning blue work gloves and dispensing hugs, Vice President Mike Pence cleared storm debris and comforted Texans grappling with the aftermath of Harvey’s destruction on Thursday, bringing a more personal …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Harvey brings a plague of floating fire ants into Houston
In addition to widespread suffering and devastation, Hurricane Harvey has brought a plague of floating fire ants to the Houston region.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 8:53 p.m.
Houston sees glimmer of hope after Harvey but threats loom
Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the storm weakened slightly Wednesday but major dangers remained for the U.S. Gulf Coast area, including the threat of …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Trump offers flag-waving optimism in visit to Harvey’s path
Eager to show he’s attentive and on the job, President Donald Trump touched down in storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday, taking pains not to interfere with Harvey recovery efforts.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Harvey flooding western Louisiana on anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced hundreds of people to be rescued from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 8:46 p.m.
Most Harvey flood victims uninsured, face big bills alone
Homeowners suffering flood damage from Harvey are more likely to be on the hook for losses than victims of prior storms – a potentially crushing blow to personal finances and …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
Brewery shipping water instead of beer for Harvey relief
An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Houston to open more mega-shelters to house flooded families
Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Harvey’s heavy rains ratchet up flooding fears in Louisiana
Bands of heavy rain from Harvey lashed southwest Louisiana on Monday, ratcheting up fears of destructive flooding in some storm-weary communities.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:37 p.m.
Harvey could have deep impact on Texas oil, US economy
Massive flooding caused by Harvey along Texas’ refinery-rich coast could have long-standing and far-reaching consequences for the state’s oil and gas industry and the larger U.S. economy. The storm’s remnants …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 6:50 p.m.
Houston endures more rain and chaos; 6 feared drowned in van
Floodwaters reached the roof lines of single-story homes Monday, and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey kept pouring rain on Houston after a chaotic weekend …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 7:16 p.m.
Harvey is causing ‘epic catastrophic flooding’ in Houston – why wasn’t the city evacuated?
Should Houston have been evacuated? If so, why wasn’t it?