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Houston City Council member Abbie Kamin, who represents the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas as part of District C, gave birth to her first child on March 13 and is on maternity leave.

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The City of Houston lifted its boil water notice Sunday afternoon as the region continues to warm up and recover from a frigid winter storm that caused widespread power outages and left residents with little or no water pressure earlier this week.

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Residents across the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, and North Houston woke up Monday morning to streets blanketed in snow and ice, and in some cases frozen pipes and power outages, like many across the city and the state did over the weekend. 

The top elected officials in Houston and Harris County are urging residents to prepare for sustained freezing and wet weather as an arctic blast blows toward the region.

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A contentious plan to expand Interstate 45 in downtown and north Houston took another step toward coming to fruition Thursday, when the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced it had completed the environmental impact process for its North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP).

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U.S. Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Sheila Jackson Lee, who were elected to Congress by area voters, were in Washington D.C. last week to fulfill their duties as outlined by the Constitution. They were in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to participate in a joint session of Congress tasked with counting the votes of the […]

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  Oak Forest resident Alexandra Forseth had to spend another Christmas without her father and uncle who remain imprisoned in Venezuela. The U.S. government gave her family and four others a belated holiday gift Wednesday, granting their wish for meaningful action that might help their loved ones finally return home. The U.S. Department of the […]

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A drainage study from 1966 recommended that a 78-inch pipe be installed underneath 12th Street at its intersection with Seamist Drive, with the line expanding to 90 feet by the time stormwater runoff reached White Oak Bayou to the east. Nearly 56 years later, though, a good rain causes the intersection to flood. That’s at […]

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BARC, the city of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption center, is offering a series of free events through the end of December to provide resources for pet owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, Rescued Pets Movement (RPM), Houston PetSet and Emancipet, BARC will provide more […]

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State Rep. Jarvis Johnson played the role of Santa Claus for the third year in a row this week, putting on a red-and-white suit and hat and delivering toys to schoolchildren in need. He said this year’s toy giveaway was a “little bit of a letdown” for him and his volunteers, because they were not […]

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The City of Houston announced Dec. 3 that an internet voucher program is available to Houstonians to help them stay connected to the internet for school, work and personal health reasons for a calendar year. Funded by nearly $625,000 from the city’s CARES Act funding, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force has […]

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The last time the City of Houston held a public engagement meeting regarding its 11th Street Bikeway project, in May of last year, Heights residents saw a plan for a road diet that would reduce the thoroughfare from four vehicular lanes to three while adding protected bicycle paths on the outside of the road. The […]

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In an effort to increase safe and affordable transportation options, Houston’s bike-sharing program recently took the next step in its mission. Houston BCycle, a nonprofit created by the City of Houston in 2012, released its first batch of electric bikes, or “e-bikes,” on Nov. 19 at one of its Midtown stations. Twenty-five e-bikes were put […]

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The City of Houston announced Monday that it has partnered with nonprofit Comp-U-Dopt to distribute up to 1,900 free computers to qualifying applicants through Dec. 30 A partnership between Comp-U-Dopt and the city’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force, the $800,000 computer access program will help provide families with the electronic and digital means for […]

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As multiple major holidays approach, City of Houston officials are urging continued caution during the COVID-19 pandemic. A news release from the city encouraged residents to limit gatherings to members of their own household during the upcoming holiday season. If residents attend a large holiday gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas or another holiday, the city suggested […]

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State Rep. Jarvis Johnson helped keep a concrete batch plant from operating in Acres Homes. Now he’s trying to minimize the impacts of such businesses all across the city and state, along with helping neighborhood residents avoid close calls like the one his constituents had with Soto Ready Mix. Johnson, who represents Acres Homes and […]

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Oct. 30 that the county has appointed Isabel Longoria to serve as the county’s first-ever elections administrator. Serving in a position created by the Harris County Commissioner’s Court in July, Longoria will conduct all voter registration work previously handled by the Tax Assessor-Collector as well as election management work […]

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Whereas many voters might have made their decisions well before the election, Moe Raval decided not to rush to judgment. The 31-year-old Garden Oaks resident said he watched one of the presidential debates in its entirety and part of the other one. He also had discussions with friends about the merits of voting for President […]

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Tuesday’s election represented a win for incumbency, especially in the races most relevant to local residents. The area’s representatives in Congress and the Texas Legislature held on to their seats, as did the previously elected officials on a countywide level, according to unofficial election results released Wednesday morning by the Harris County Clerk’s Office. About […]

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Nearly 127,000 ballots cast inside vehicles during early voting in Harris County will not be kicked to the curb – at least not yet. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by four Republicans that sought to stop drive-through voting in Harris County and invalidate 126,912 votes that were cast in […]

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The Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court recently approved property tax rate decreases for 2020, although homeowners’ payments to both taxing entities figure to increase because of annual hikes in appraisal values. The county commissioners court on Tuesday unanimously voted to lower the county’s property tax rate by 1.3 cents per $100 valuation […]

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Wendell Champion and Sheila Jackson Lee are both Houstonians who want to represent their city in Washington for the next two years. And both have roots in the northeast part of the United States, having lived in Queens, New York as youngsters. Both are African-American, too, and they pride themselves on being able to relate […]

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The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected lawsuits filed in part by the Republican Party chapters for Texas and Harris County that sought to stop the county’s practice of drive-through voting, which has proved popular during the first two weeks of early voting. The decision by the state’s highest court allows the practice to continue […]

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Luis La Rotta knows he’s trying to win an election in a part of Houston that has consistently voted Democrat over the years. But the young Republican and Northside native said he has a good pulse on the area, having grown up in the district he wants to serve in the state legislature. And while […]

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office focuses more on the outskirts of Houston than the city itself, which is patrolled first and foremost by the Houston Police Department. But the Greater Heights has long been a focus for Ed Gonzalez, who planted deep roots in the area long before he was elected as sheriff in 2016. […]

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The Houston City Council adopted an ordinance Wednesday that makes it illegal to block or park a motor vehicle in a dedicated bicycle lane, even if a “no parking” sign or similar signage is not present. The ordinance is in support of the Houston Bike Plan, which the council adopted in 2017 with the goal […]

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With many community members facing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office is trying to keep residents in their homes amidst the struggles. On Wednesday morning, the nonprofit Harris County Precinct 1 Foundation unveiled the pilot phase of its new pop-up eviction assistance program, which is aimed at providing […]

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Area property owners will have two opportunities next week to make their voices heard about the proposed 2020 tax rates for the City of Houston and Harris County, both are which intend to lower their rates compared to the year before. The Harris County Commissioners Court last month proposed a property tax decrease between 1.3-2.0 […]

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Nichole Nech and her son, Devon, wanted to vote Tuesday, but they did not want to go inside a building and be near strangers who might have been infected with COVID-19. Fortunately for the Timbergrove Manor residents, they didn’t need to worry about the latter in order to do the former. They also didn’t have […]

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The office of Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen invites area residents to take advantage of its eviction assistance program, which aims to provide resources for those facing eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic. At 9 a.m. Wednesday, leaders from Precinct 1, South Texas College of Law Houston and the Eviction Defense Coalition will gather at […]

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How can you tell which local political race is the most hotly contested? Like most things in life, by following the money. The campaign for congressional candidate Sima Ladjevardian, an Iranian-born attorney and activist, has raised more than that of any other Democrat involved in a locally relevant race that will be contested on Nov. […]

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Three months after the City of Houston started charging residents a monthly fee to lease their garbage and recycling bins, there are not enough to go around. Harry Hayes, director of the city’s Solid Waste Management Department, said it has had a shortage of bins for at least a month because of supply chain issues […]

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was sued in federal court Friday over his decision to limit counties in the state to one drop-off location for voters’ absentee ballots in the upcoming election, according to a report by the Texas Tribune. Abbott’s Thursday order drew immediate criticism from the top elected officials in Houston and Harris County, […]

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Houston police officers can now issue citations instead of making arrests for Class A and B misdemeanors as the city attempts to improve response times and reduce the jail population. A news release from the City of Houston said Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order authorizing the city to join Harris County’s Cite and […]

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Like politics in general, the issues surrounding the upcoming election have become divisive. Democrats tend to prefer the expansion of voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have pushed for that, while many in the Republican Party are opposed. They also are mostly split on the issue of straight-ticket voting, with Democrats in favor […]