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Conroe man describes ‘bam’ that he believes was lightning
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:06:48 UT

Kenneth Reeder, of Conroe, thought he'd been struck by lightning on Saturday in afternoon storms that rolled through Montgomery County, which the National Weather Service reiterated on Sunday. He later told the Montgomery County Police Reporter that the doctors who treated him at the hospital were split as to what happened. One said the jolt was absolutely lightning, he recalled. Others said it was a power surge.

Patrick shifting special legislative session into high gear
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:09:00 UT

AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick kicked the special session of the Texas Legislature into overdrive Wednesday, rolling out a breakneck schedule that could have the so-called bathroom bill, new abortion restrictions, and restraints on city and county governments all on the floor for a vote as early as Sunday night. To accomplish that, Patrick, a Houston-area Republican, was forcing senators back to the Capitol for a little midnight madness Thursday to pass a bill to reauthorize the Texas Medical Board and keep the regulatory agency in business. By passing that bill after 12:01 a.m. Thursday, it sets the Senate up for a series of marathon committee meetings all weekend long to debate more controversial measures like transgender bathroom policies, abortion restrictions, union dues and local tree ordinances Gov. Greg Abbott finds intrusive. Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has already declared most of the governor's agenda "manure" and has made no promises to pass any of the measures, like the bathroom bill. Since the gathering of lawmakers started Tuesday, the House has spent less than 2 hours in session, much of it on procedural matters or spent discussing parliamentary inquires like whether the House could lock members in the chamber should they try to gum up the works by trying to break quorum. Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, said Democrats will challenge moves to fast-track bills, ask questions and file amendments to try to slow the agenda, but acknowledged their options are limited because they just number 11 in the 31-member Senate. After overcoming Democratic objections to speeding up that bill on Tuesday, the Senate voted Wednesday to set up a final vote on reauthorizing those boards just passed midnight. Because of Senate rules, Republicans could not set the final passage of that bill for Wednesday without Democrats agreeing to waive rules that they have already said they would not agree to.

Texas man fires AK-47, leads police on chase
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:19:05 UT

Luis Alejandro Gonzalez fired the shots at a man on Lampasas Street in Austin before leading police on a chase.

Photo shows terrifying aftermath of lightning bolt hitting Texas home
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:25:56 UT

Lightning rods deserve more appreciation.

Two suspected MS-13 members from Houston added to 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:50:34 UT

Two Houston residents landed Wednesday on the Texas Department of Public Safety's list of most wanted fugitives.

Dempsey at home 1 goal from record; US team in Gold Cup semi
dailytribune.net / Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:41:14 -0500
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clint Dempsey is back in his home state of Texas, one goal away from a national scoring record for the United States team that is one win from playing in another CONCACAF Gold

Brother sobs as prosecutor tells judge he admitted shooting his 14-year-old brother
houstonchronicle.com / Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:46:41 UT

Mother, son accused of mugging at gunpoint weeks before youngest child's fatal shooting Seventeen-year-old Messiah Breaux and his mother, Ellen, broke down sobbing in a Harris County courtroom Friday, but the tears weren't because they had just been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Ellen Breaux, 33, stood together in court with her son, both handcuffed and wearing orange jail uniforms, as prosecutors told the judge that Messiah Breaux - while being questioned about the robbery - had voluntarily confessed to fatally shooting his younger brother, O'Cyrus, early Monday at the boy's 14th birthday party. "There has to be justice for O'Cyrus," she said, adding that her family is still struggling to get together money to transport the boy's body back to his native New Orleans for a funeral. The investigation of the shooting has been complicated because witnesses initially claimed the bullet came from nowhere, prompting police to probe the possibility that the gunfire may have been connected to a nearby robbery.

MS-13 gang member on the run from Houston on two murder charges
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:10:11 UT

A Houston member of the MS-13 gang has been charged with murder in two counties amid a growing focus on the brutal Salvadoran gang that Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called "the worst of the worst."

The Latest: Officials: Mexico, Guatemala natives on truck
dailytribune.net / Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:01:05 -0500
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on several people found dead in the back of a tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot in Texas (all times local):

Police shoot and kill pit bull at family party
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:57:18 UT

The Pedregon family is searching for answers as to why police shot their pit bull at a family get together.

ICYMI: Boom in oil brings more meth busts to Texas
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:43:47 UT

The oilfield's meth boom; how a loophole allows fundraising by the Governor and other legislators during the ongoing special session; the evolution of the Tea Party and how a local nurse lives with the same kind of brain cancer that recently struck U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona - all in this week's in-depth and investigative reporting.

Former RodeoHouston announcer Bill Bailey dies
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:32:30 UT

Longtime Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announcer Bill Bailey has died, according to a statement from the rodeo.

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