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Janis Joplin’s childhood home in Port Arthur up for sale at a reduced price
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:30:00 UT

The home -- now available at a reduced prices -- comes with its own Texas historical marker in the front yard, which would mean the new owner would have plenty of visitors. 

UT fraternity house hit with graffiti calling them rapists, racists
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:03:38 UT

A University of Texas at Austin fraternity was spray painted with the words "racist" and "rapist" on Monday.

Brazoria commissioner backs closing Christmas Bay to commercial oystering
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:43:15 UT

GALVESTON – Efforts to close pristine Christmas Bay to commercial oystering got a boost this week from the Brazoria County commissioner whose district includes the bay.

Serial killers have haunted Texas for years and left a trail of bodies
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:00 UT

Serial killers, whether born in Texas or just passing through, have trolled Texas for years. And, they've left a long trail of bodies behind.

ICE raids net 95 immigrants in Houston region
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:32:15 UT

Immigration agents in Houston last week arrested 95 immigrants here illegally - 86 percent with prior criminal convictions - in the region's first targeted operation under the Donald Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced Monday. Of the 95 immigrants arrested last week, 82 had criminal histories, including convictions for burglary, child abuse, cocaine and weapons possession, and for re-entering the country after previously being deported, which is a felony. The Obama administration later that year enacted new priorities to focus on deporting immigrants who had been convicted of violent crimes or those who had recently crossed the border, lowering the number of overall deportations. An executive order Trump signed in January said that people who enter the country illegally pose a "significant threat" and he directed the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants who were released from local jails under so-called sanctuary city policies. The president also created a special office in the Department of Homeland Security called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, which will be tasked with recording crimes committed by immigrants here illegally and supporting their victims. The case sparked nationwide fury, as his killer, an immigrant from Mexico with a long rap sheet who had previously been deported, seemed like the poster child of cracks in the immigration system. Three of those counties targeted in the latest raids - Montgomery, Brazoria and Galveston - are among 19 across Texas that have applied to partner with immigration agents in a controversial jail screening program called 287(g).

Video: Texas deputy shoots, kills unarmed Navy veteran in Bell County
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:03:13 UT

The Killeen Daily Herald has obtained footage of the shooting of an unarmed Navy veteran in Bell County.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship crew member
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:22:28 UT

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a crew member who vanished Monday from a Galveston-based cruise ship.

Report: Fracking lights causing major headaches for UT’s McDonald Observatory
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:08:19 UT

It's a no-brainer that studying the night sky works best when the lights are out.

Court grants Duane Buck relief that could remove him from Texas death row
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:48:58 UT

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Texas death-row inmate Duane Buck the right to pursue his claims of ineffective counsel and relief under a rule that covers mistakes and neglect - a move that could spare him from execution.

Texas STAAR test results are in and the results are mixed
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:57:14 UT

The results of Texas' biggest standardized test are in, showing how fifth and eighth grade students fared versus last year's class.

Houston Zoo’s new giraffe finally has name
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:37:06 UT

Last week Houstonians got word of a new female Masai giraffe birth at the zoo. The bouncing, rather tall, baby girl was born without a name. That has now changed. 

Early voting begins for May 6 local elections
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:26:25 UT

Early voting began Monday for local elections next month that will determine who leads increasingly diverse Pasadena, the fate of a major school bond referendum in League City and whether Houston's largest school district pays tens of millions to the state to comply with a controversial policy and avoid a potentially bigger financial hit. A vote "against" Proposition 1 means the district would refuse to pay the recapture money, which Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath has warned would lead to the state removing some of the city's most valuable commercial properties from HISD's tax rolls and transferring the tax revenue to property-poor districts such as Aldine ISD. The working-class city southeast of Houston is the setting of a high-stakes battle over the voting rights of its burgeoning Hispanic population - rights that a federal judge found earlier this year were violated by a redistricting scheme pushed through a few years ago by longtime Mayor Johnny Isbell. Of note among school district trustee races, Lamar Consolidated ISD's Anna Gonzales, who was indicted on charges related to bribery in a case that was dismissed last year, faces an opponent in Joe Hubenak, the son of the late state representative and LCISD board member by the same name. A letter from a real estate agent denouncing "liberal gay rights Democrats" trying to take over the city and school board elections there - which are nonpartisan - drew ire from many progressive groups, as well as longtime Mayor Tom Reid and two other candidates endorsed by the letter.

Dog food in Texas contaminated with euthanasia drug, forcing recall
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:58:00 UT

Pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize both humans and animals, was found in a Texas retailer's supply of canned dog food.

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