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McNair statue planned as permanent fixture at NRG Park
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:12:14 UT

Texans owner Robert McNair soon could loom a little larger at the county-owned NRG Park, with a statue of him likely headed for the stadium's entrance. First, however, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. must decide how to accept the privately donated statue for placement on public land. The statue, first announced last year during the lead-in to Super Bowl LI and paid for by the local host committee's fundraising efforts, is set to be placed at NRG Park. The sports corporation board of directors is scheduled to discuss a "feasibility study" for erecting the statue of McNair, who has owned the team since its creation as an expansion team in 2002, at a meeting Wednesday.

Is the Houston Zoo haunted by the ghost of a former daredevil zookeeper?
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:21:00 UT

Most Houstonians probably aren't aware that the Houston Zoo could still be haunted by its former first zookeeper and lion tamer, who was shot and killed on premises under questionable circumstances. This week, as Halloween festivities hit a fever pitch, we look back at one of the city's most popular hauntings.

Seven busted in Texas marijuana, meth seizure
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:14:19 UT

Police say they recovered 36.5 pounds of marijuana and 25 grams of methamphetamine. 

Supreme Court denies DNA testing in Montgomery Co. capital murder case
YourHoustonNews.com / Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:01:00 -0500
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for post-conviction DNA testing in the 1998 slaying of a Montgomery County college student, closing another door on convicted killer Larry Swearingen’s continu

Another Florida businessman admits to role bribing Venezuelan national oil company
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:09:38 UT

A Miami businessman pleaded guilty in Houston Wednesday to federal bribery charges in a corruption scheme involving Venezuela's state-owned and state-controlled energy company. He is the tenth person to be snared in a federal probe of foreign corrupt practices involving Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. or PDVSA, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

Prosecutors: Felony cases not affected by deadlines missed during Harvey
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:34:22 UT

Nearly 60 felony suspects who spent Hurricane Harvey in jail after the statutory deadline to indict them lapsed will remain behind bars, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said this week.

"Not one single person has gotten out because of flood delay," said David Mitcham, the trial bureau chief for the DA's office. "There have been a couple who have pressed the issue and they've been rebuffed by the district courts."

Nation & world briefs: Syrian government press in their offensive on Aleppo
YourHoustonNews.com / Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:57:00 -0500
BEIRUT— Forces backing Syrian President Bashar Assad pressed their offensive Tuesday on Aleppo’s rebel-held zone from the south, after capturing areas on other fronts in recent days. As reinforcements

Federal judge keeps heat on prisons to keep vulnerable Texas inmates cool
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:44:30 UT

A federal judge in Houston Thursday extended his injunction protecting vulnerable Texas prison inmates from the dangers of indoor heat without air conditioning.

U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who is overseeing a number of cases involving Texas prisons without cooling systems, ordered a 90-day extension of his order to provide air conditioned housing for heat-sensitive inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit northwest of Houston. The order would have expired this month.

The new order guarantees heat sensitive Pack inmates, or former Pack inmates now housed elsewhere, continued access to temperatures below 88 degrees.

Arrest warrant: Houston man acted in ‘Bible Study’ activity before LSU fraternity pledge death
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:13:17 UT

New details into the death of an 18-year-old fraternity pledge at Louisiana State University (LSU) reveal a night filled with excessive alcohol consumption and physical abuse. 

Man injured after armed robbery Saturday night
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:36:11 UT

A man was shot and injured Saturday night after an armed robber followed him and his brother to their apartment complex in Southeast Houston. Two brothers got off the bus on Saturday night and began walking toward the Sunflower Terrace Apartment Homes complex, investigator Norman Wallace with the Houston Police Department's robbery division said.

Reward increased to $6,000 for leads in 1982 Travis County murder of 19-year-old woman
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:20:48 UT

The murder of Ruth Elizabeth Bettis, 19, in Nov. 1982, is the Texas Department of Public Safety's cold case of the month.

‘Clearly not legal’ says law expert of Cy-Fair school that suspended student who sat during pledge
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 6 Oct 2017 21:21:28 UT

A Cy-Fair ISD senior stayed home this week after being given an ultimatum by her principal: Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or don't come to school.

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