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Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Baytown
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:50:26 UT

A body is laying on Spur 330 at Bayway/Thompson Road near Baytown Monday, after a vehicle possibly hit the pedestrian earlier this morning.


Educating the next generation of winemakers
YourHoustonNews.com / Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:48:00 -0500
By Ron Saikowski / Wine Walk Texans are learning to appreciate fine wines. We have Bill Azzam (creeksidemarket@aol.com) at HEB in Creekside who is the Wine Steward at that store and hosts an outstandi

House approves flagship school funding bill; faces uncertain future in the Senate
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:46:34 UT
Lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved changes to how the state funds public education, marking the first attempt to revamp a formula the state Supreme Court said was in desperate need of fixing. The changes would also revise how the state funds transportation, allocate an additional $150 million to expand career and technology initiative, delete archaic provisions in the old formula and offer certain school districts a hardship grant. The Republican-led House of Representatives spent four hours debating the bill and amendments offered by members of both parties ranging from increasing the amount of money schools should receive for each English language learner or adding money for students in prekindergarten. The Senate is pushing a complete overhaul of the school funding formula in Senate Bill 2145, although education experts say that measure might be too weighty for the Legislature to pass in one legislative session. The House's school finance revisions are the first to face a full floor vote in the Texas Legislature following a critical ruling by the Texas Supreme Court last spring calling the state funding formula "Byzantine," "undeniably imperfect and with immense room for improvement."

Parents of 8-year-old killed in League City crash file $1 million lawsuit against driver, carmaker
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:25:13 UT

Parents of the 8-year-old girl killed in a League City car crash have filed a $1 million wrongful death suit against the accused drunk driver and Ford Motor Company, according to court records.


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.


Jury hands down verdict in triple slaying at car dealership
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:42:19 UT

A family member called the defendant a coward and wished him a special place in Hell.


Woodlands robotics team returns to global championship
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:54:57 UT
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is the ultimate showdown for student robotics teams around the world, combining sports with the challenges of science and technology. Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen founded the New Hampshire-based nonprofit in 1989 to encourage students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. [...] in partnership with National Instruments, came to an agreement in 2016 to get robotics recognized as an official varsity sport in school districts across Texas. FIRST Championships are held around the nation to immerse participants in diverse cultures and accommodate low-income students who aren't able to travel. FIRST chose Houston because of the convention center's capacity to hold their attendees, but also for the STEM-centric attractions, such as Johnson Space Center. During 2 ½ minute matches on a synthetic green field, participants stand on two "airships," or platforms, as their robot races across the field to relocate green balls, meant to represent the robot's "refueling."


Bipartisan congressional group looks at Houston’s police-community relations
houstonchronicle.com / Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:44:34 UT
Along with the private discussion with mayor, district attorney and other local leaders, visiting representatives got a tour of the county jail, federal lock-up and juvenile detention center. The aim has been to stop at cities around the country and gather ideas to create legislation to prevent future attacks on police, improve police accountability and boost community-police relations. "The idea of this task force is to look police-community relation in the eye and to be able to respond to concerns in the community, while responding to concerns of police, law enforcement and bringing those two entities together," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, told reporters during a news conference.

Coast Guard rescues shrimp boat crew
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:06:21 UT

A Coast Guard helicopter crew pulled three men to safety early Tuesday from their disabled shrimp boat near Port O'Connor, officials said.


County votes to retain new attorney for potential appeal in bail lawsuit
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:04:29 UT

Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to retain a well-known, Washington, D.C.-based conservative attorney to potentially help file appeals in a controversial lawsuit challenging the county's bail system as unconstitutional and discriminatory.



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.


I-45 pedestrian struck and killed
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:18:43 UT

A man is dead after attempting to cross Interstate 45 on foot early Sunday.



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