Vote-by-mail rejections are testing integrity of Texas Republicans’ voting law
With less than a month left to vote by mail in the March primary election, hundreds of applications for mail-in ballots are being rejected as both Texas voters and local election officials decipher new ID requirements enacted by Republican lawmakers.
Houston-area Cracker Barrel manager shot, killed while attempting to stop robbery, authorities say
A manager at a Houston-area Cracker Barrel was fatally shot Saturday morning during an attempted robbery, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/SheriffEd_HCSO/status/1482436555365040128">Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.</a>
1st Texas case of omicron variant reported in Houston area
AUSTIN (AP) — A Houston-area woman has been confirmed as having the first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Texas, state health officials reported Monday.Genetic sequencing tests this week sh[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Houston highway project sparks debate over racial equity
A $9 billion highway widening project being proposed in the Houston area could become an important test of the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing what it has said is a history of racial inequity with infrastructure projects in the U.S. The project’s critics, including community groups and some residents, say it won’t improve the area’s traffic woes and would subject mostly Black and Latino residents to increased pollution, displacement and flooding while not improving public transportation options. Its supporters counter the proposed 10-year construction project that would remake 24 miles along Interstate 45 and several other roadways would enhance driver safety, help reduce traffic congestion and address flood mitigation and disaster evacuation needs.news.yahoo.com
Houston mother charged with murder after crash kills 4-year-old girl, injures 4 other kids, deputies say
A Houston mother is charged with murder after <a href="https://twitter.com/SheriffEd_HCSO/status/1459872931383808003" target="_blank">Harris County sheriff’s deputies said</a> she left a baby shower party and crashed her vehicle, killing her 4-year-old daughter and injuring four other children.
Shooter opens fire at Boise shopping mall, killing two before exchanging fire with police
A gunman opened fire at a mall Monday in Boise, Idaho, leaving four people injured and two dead. Police arrived on scene within minutes and exchanged fire with the suspect, leaving the shooter in critical condition. Carter Evans reports.news.yahoo.com
3 Children Found Abandoned, Skeletal Remains of 4th in Houston House of Horrors
TwitterHouston cops carrying out a welfare check on an apartment found a nightmare: three siblings abandoned and living with the skeletal remains of a fourth.“A very horrific situation out here, very tragic,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a Sunday press conference. “I’ve been in this business a long time and I had never heard of a scenario like this. It really caught me by surprise.”The surviving children were ages 15, 10, and 7, and they had been living in “deplorable conditions” fonews.yahoo.com
Texas Senate takes another run at supposed election fraud, approving audits of 2020 results and tougher illegal voting penalties
The bills reflect GOP efforts to further tighten voting laws, and pressure from former President Donald Trump on Texas Republicans to help advance his baseless election fraud claims. They are not expected to go far in the House.
Three valet workers killed by driver fleeing officer who caught him doing doughnuts
“We’re talking about three individuals who were just out here working," said Sean Teare, chief of vehicular crimes with the Harris County district attorney’s office. "They were out here doing their job.”washingtonpost.com
Texas county officials call election audits an unnecessary partisan ploy while voicing confidence in 2020 results
Officials in some counties targeted by audits accuse Republican Texas leaders of pandering to conspiracy theorists and undermining faith in elections. They also say the secretary of state’s office hasn’t provided details on what the audits entail.
Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall on Texas coast
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center says it touched down on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. (Sept. 14)news.yahoo.com
Nicholas gets stronger, threatens to hit Texas as hurricane
HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas gathered strength Monday and threatened to blow ashore in Texas as a hurricane that could bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Gov. Greg Abbott signs Texas voting bill into law, overcoming Democratic quorum breaks
SB 1 makes up Republicans’ third attempt to pass a far-reaching law that restricts how and when voters cast ballots. It takes particular aim at voting initiatives used in diverse, Democratic Harris County in the 2020 election.
Before the legislation is even signed, Texas’ new voting rules are challenged in two federal lawsuits
Harris County joined a coalition of community and advocacy groups filing lawsuits over Senate Bill 1, arguing the far-reaching rewrite of Texas voting laws violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal laws and will suppress voters.
‘They had him by his face’: Elderly Asian man mauled by two pit bulls in Texas
A 67-year-old Asian man in Harris County, Texas, suffered critical injuries after falling victim to two loose pit bulls that viciously attacked him during a morning walk last week. What happened: The victim, who has not been identified, was strolling in the 4300 block of Queens Retreat Drive when the pair of pit bulls crossed the street to attack him. It took place in the front yard of Elmer Levigne, a former deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.news.yahoo.com
The hard-fought Texas voting bill is poised to become law. Here's what it does.
Senate Bill 1 would set new rules for voting by mail, boost protections for partisan poll watchers and roll back local voting initiatives meant to make it easier to vote, namely those championed by Harris County that were disproportionately used by voters of color.
Texas GOP pushes ahead on voting bill with Democrats back
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Thursday pressed forward on a third try at passing new voting restrictions after Democrats returned from a 38-day walkout with little ability now to stop the bill from reaching Gov. Greg Abbott.myrgv.com
Harris County vaccinations up after $100 incentive
A week after public health officials in Texas’ most populous county started handing out $100 cash cards to locals getting their first COVID-19 shot, the number of daily vaccinations has shot up to six times its previous rate, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Tuesday.myrgv.com
With Democrats back, Texas GOP pushes ahead with voting bill
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans brought back their voting bill Monday with no changes as some Democrats returned to the Capitol for the first time since ending their holdout, making it clear that the bill is on track to become law after their 38-day walkout.myrgv.com
Despite Texas high court ruling, some mask mandates remain
HOUSTON (AP) — Some Texas cities, counties and school districts remained defiant Monday and kept in place mandates requiring students and others to wear facial coverings despite rulings a day earlier by the Texas Supreme Court halting mask mandates in two of the state's largest counties.myrgv.com
Texas takes mask mandates fight to state Supreme Court
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton (R) has vowed to take Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to ban face mask mandates to the state's Supreme Court, as COVID-19 cases surge across the state.Driving the news: Paxton's announcement just before midnight Friday follows three defeats in the lower courts on the enforcement of Abbott's May executive order prohibiting government entities in the state, including public schools, from requiring masks.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets.news.yahoo.com
Texas judge allows Harris County to temporarily defy Gov. Abbott's mask ban
A Texas district judge granted Harris County’s request for a temporary order that prevents the enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's recent executive order banning face masks mandates in public schools, according to the Houston Chronicle.Why it matters: The order allows the county to temporarily enforce mask mandates for students and school faculty as COVID cases continue to tick up throughout Houston.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: Abbottnews.yahoo.com
Most populous Texas county defies governor with mask mandate
Texas’ most populous county has joined the legal battle by local officials seeking to override Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates and institute protections against COVID-19 as hospitals around the state continue to swell with patients sickened by the virus.
Several local mask mandates in Texas allowed for now as legal challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban mount
COVID-19 is surging again in Texas. Hospitalizations are increasing faster than at any other time. Local officials and school leaders are pushing back against Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Here’s the latest.
Democrats fear Texas Republicans will push even harder in second bid to pass new voting restrictions
As the Legislature's special session dawns, political developments have raised the stakes for how far Republicans might go in enacting new voting restrictions, and how they might impact voters of color.
Houston father shot man suspected of masturbating while peeping into daughter’s bedroom, deputies say
A Houston father shot a man Monday morning after he was allegedly peeping on his 10-year-old daughter through her window and touching himself inappropriately, according to Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
No indictment for doctor accused of COVID-19 vaccine theft
A grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict a former Houston-area health department doctor who was accused of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends. Prosecutors had alleged that Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine while working at a vaccination site at a suburban Houston park on Dec. 29.news.yahoo.com
Off-duty deputy constable’s wife, step-daughter shot, injured during home invasion in Houston, police say
An off-duty Harris County Precinct 1 deputy constable’s wife and four-year-old step-daughter were shot and injured in their apartment during an overnight home invasion, according to Houston Police Department.