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Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen reminds community members to be safe and smart when they travel, both in protecting their homes along with themselves and their families.

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Local State Reps. Jarvis Johnson and Penny Morales Shaw joined other House Democrats in leaving Texas for Washington to break quorum and keep the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature from passing legislation related to voting procedures. The maneuver is drawing support from some area residents and criticism from others.

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Local animal advocates are criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for vetoing a bill aimed at creating greater protections for dogs that are chained or tethered. Among those speaking out is Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, a member of an animal cruelty task force.

The City of Houston has launched a new version of 311, its resident service system, which officials say is an effort to improve communication between the city and its citizens.

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The Federal Highway Administration has again asked the Texas Department of Transportation to halts its I-45 expansion project while it investigates environmental and civil rights concerns related to the plan, which is expected to cost $7 billion and displace hundreds of residents and businesses near and north of Downtown Houston.

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Local residents are scratching their heads and searching for answers regarding lengthy delays in heavy trash pickup by the City of Houston, which says it’s short-staffed and trying to play catch-up after the winter storm in February.

The Houston City Council on Wednesday voted to increase rates for residential water and wastewater services, effective Sept. 1. The original plan called for a July 1 implementation. The city council also gave itself the option to reduce the rates at some point in the future if other funding sources for infrastructure become available.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council postponed a scheduled vote Wednesday on proposed rate increases that would affect residential water and wastewater customers across the city. Turner said he wants residents to have more time to be made aware of the issue and provide feedback.

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A push to remove racist, unenforceable language from the deed restrictions in Garden Oaks and Oak Forest got a recent nudge from the Texas Legislature, which passed a bill that would allow individual property owners to have the language removed from their deed restrictions by filling out forms and filing them with a district court at no cost. The local neighborhoods and even their representatives in Austin wanted more, while at least one Garden Oaks resident would like the language to remain as a reminder of the past.

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Several local elected officials at the city and state levels have criticized the Texas General Land Office for leaving Houston out of its initial allocation of federal Hurricane Harvey relief funds. Neither Houston, Harris County nor the Harris County Flood Control District was awarded any of the $1 billion allocated last week by the Texas General Land Office.

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Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, two of his high-ranking officers and the county itself have been sued in federal court by three female deputies and a human trafficking advocate who worked for the department. They allege that the deputies became victims of sexual misconduct by their male commanding officers during an undercover sting operation.

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Two months after lifting the statewide mask mandate as COVID-19 cases were declining and the number of vaccinated Texans was increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday that says no city or county government or public school district can require people to wear masks on its premises, effective June 5. 

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The Houston City Council is considering whether to enter into a contract with IKE Smart City, a digital media company that would install interactive kiosks throughout the city that could be used for informational purposes and as a revenue-generating tool.

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Heights resident Alexandra Forseth found out last Friday the so-called Citgo 6, who have been imprisoned since November 2017 by the regime of Nicolas Maduro, and includes her father and uncle, were going to be released from a Caracas prison and placed under house arrest. While still a continent away from their family in the Houston area, it's at least one step closer.

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Some local families have testified before the Texas Legislature to oppose bills that would affect the transgender community and gender-affirming healthcare for youths. Among those to speak out is Heights resident Anna Eastman, a former state representative.

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Good Dog Houston co-owner Amalia Pferd said she and her business partner support the expansion of public transportation in the region and “love” having a bus stop close to their restaurant in the Heights.

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).