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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017

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 …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hurricanes knock down social barriers

This is not who we are on an average day. No, on an average day, especially in a city the size of Houston, one tends to live in isolation from …

Mnuchin says hurricane relief aid should be tied to raising debt limit

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that Congress should combine an initial package of relief for victims of Harvey with an increase in the nation’s debt limit, saying lawmakers need …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017

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 …

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

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 …

Kathleen Parker: Harvey, Katrina comparisons intriguing

Chief among the obvious differences is the death toll. Katrina took close to 2,000 lives. As of Friday, Harvey’s toll was 46.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017

MLB Capsules: Astros use big 6th for 4-1 win, sweep Mets in doubleheader

George Springer had three hits, Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez added RBI singles in a four-run sixth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets to sweep a …

An equal opportunity storm: ‘Harvey didn’t spare anyone’

Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction. It raged through neighborhoods rich and poor, black and white, upscale and working class. Across Houston and surrounding communities, no group sidestepped its …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Mold, gas leaks and other hazards loom for Harvey evacuees

The danger isn’t over yet for Harvey evacuees who are returning to flood-ravaged homes where they face the threat of mold, spoiled food, gas leaks and downed power lines.

Mattress store serves as cushy shelter for Harvey’s victims

Of all the places that have been turned into shelters for Hurricane Harvey victims – a megachurch, a ballpark, a gas station, a bowling alley, among them – the one …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Trump asks for $7.9 billion down payment for Harvey relief

President Donald Trump’s initial request for a multibillion-dollar down payment for initial Harvey recovery efforts is growing. Republican leaders are already making plans to use the aid package, certain to …

Fewer Americans buy insurance in coastal areas

Amanda Spartz nearly did not renew her home’s flood insurance policy after her first year in Florida. Two hurricanes came close to the Fort Lauderdale suburbs last year, but they …

Houston’s flood zone, by boat: Guinea pigs, guns and despair

Stewart Lawrence stood on a bridge that barely cleared the raging floodwaters below. He held two guinea pigs in a cage and seven rifles he’d rescued from his ruined home, …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Thanks to Harvey, Snapchat’s Map went from being really creepy to really useful

When Snapchat first launched its Snap Maps feature, it was derided by parents and privacy advocates as a way to stalk people, particularly vulnerable teens. But there is another far …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017

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 …

Local groups lend a hand to animal shelters overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey

Local animal shelters prepare to take in animals from shelters in Texas and Louisiana, which are overwhelmed with rescuing pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Patriots coach dons Houston hat, ‘shout out’ to flooded city

Bill Belichick is sending his best wishes to the city of Houston and the victims of historic flooding there. The New England Patriots coach appeared at his post-game news conference …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

Dak, Dez, Cowboys raise Harvey money while others practice

With Dak Prescott on one end of a row and Dez Bryant on the other, the stars and starters for the Dallas Cowboys answered phones to help raise $2.3 million …

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 …

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 …

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

Hurricane Irma strengthens to major Category 3 storm

Hurricane Irma continued its rapid power grab Thursday, with wind speeds increasing by more than 55 mph since Wednesday to become a major Category 3 storm.

Besieged Houstonians banding together

The selflessness, indeed the bravery, of our fellow Houstonians, who come through yet again when they’re challenged by Mother Nature’s fickle moods, has become a Bayou City trademark.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

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 …