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  • Fired HPD detective back in hearing to win job back
    Tuesday - 09/02/2014 - 01:05 PM

    Testimony continued Tuesday morning as former Houston homicide detective Sgt. Ryan Chandler continues to challenge his firing for doing minimal or shoddy work in more than a dozen murder cases.

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  • New safety operations urged in wake of Southwest Inn fire
    Monday - 09/01/2014 - 06:25 PM

    A draft copy of a Houston Fire Department report reveals new details about the motel fire last year that killed four firefighters and makes numerous recommendations to improve safety.

    The 193-page report includes more than 200 recommendations for improving the safety of operations, such as clarifying who should give orders during emergency recovery operations, giving stern warnings to follow existing procedures, and adding bar codes to all equipment so it can be linked to an individual firefighter in the case of a death.

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  • Abbott appeals abortion ruling
    Monday - 09/01/2014 - 02:15 PM

    Attorney General Greg Abbott late Sunday filed an emergency motion to the U.S. Court of Appeals to ask for permission to enforce a key piece of Texas's tough new abortion law as the legal battle over it continues.

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  • Hope bleak in search for missing Spring kayaker
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 07:40 PM

    Searchers using dredges and sonar did not find any signs of a 42-year-old Spring man who was last seen Saturday night clinging to a branch after his kayak capsized in the rushing waters of Cypress Creek, Harris County Precinct 4 chief deputy Mark Herman said.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Houston news
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 03:30 PM

    A person died near Ellington Airport Saturday after their vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic.
    Just before 10 p.m,, a black Range Rover crossed the median in the 2600 block of Genoa Red Bluff and hit a Silver Mercedes, according to the Houston Police Department.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Dozens of collies seized at Tomball home
    Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 10:51 PM

    U.S. District Judge David Jones signed an order Friday allowing Houston Collie Rescue to remove dogs from the property of Dr. Elaine Kmiec, an optometrist.

    Among the maladies she noticed were ear infections, demodectic mange, overgrown nails, "hot spots" due to fleas and the smell of urine in their coats.

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  • Nearly 100 collies seized as part of Tomball bankruptcy case
    Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 12:16 PM

    More than 90 collies have been seized from a Tomball home under a court order from a federal judge.
    The seizure was part of a bankruptcy case filed by Dr.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Officials warn Western Montgomery Co. residents against burning
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 07:50 PM

    Montgomery County fire officials are warning residents in the western part of the county against burning as drought conditions continue to worsen.
    The drought level in areas around Magnolia and Montgomery is particularly high, making it easier for severe wildfires to grow, Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams said Friday.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Federal judge returns same-sex case back to state court
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 07:50 PM

    A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit involving city of Houston benefits for the spouses of same-sex married couples will be heard in state court. Two Harris County Republicans, led by former party chairman Jared Woodfill, filed the action in a Harris County family court in December, claiming Mayor Annise Parker's policy to extend life and health insurance benefits to same sex spouses violates Houston's city charter, the state's Defense of Marriage Act and the Texas Constitution.

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  • Driver cited in crash that injured nearly 2 dozen students
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 01:35 PM

    The driver of a private bus company involved in a crash that injured more than a dozen Houston middle school students on Tuesday did not have a license to operate the vehicle, authorities said.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Labor Day weather caps temperate summer
    Monday - 09/01/2014 - 08:26 PM

    High pressure systems have come and gone, but they've been broken up this summer by low pressure that has also brought scattered to widespread rain showers.

    A tropical depression that formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico will move into the Mexican coast, but it should help increase moisture levels over Houston.

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  • Driver hits, kills man on freeway
    Monday - 09/01/2014 - 04:20 PM

    Police say a driver hit and killed a 53-year-old man who was walking along Interstate 45 near Cavalcade Street and swinging a crutch at passing cars.
    The man, whose identity hasn't been released pending notification of his next of kin, was walking along the freeway at around 1 a.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Motorcyclist killed near Cypress
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 09:45 PM

    Shortly before 2 a.m., Micah Jason Qarles was going southeast on Grant Road on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when Nicholas Stumpf, driving an oncoming Toyota Echo, turned left onto Quail Forest Drive, according to a Harris County Sheriff's Office press release.

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  • DUI charges possible in deadly hit-and-run on East Freeway
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 05:35 PM

    A man died in a hit and run Saturday night on the East Freeway. Shortly after 10 p.m., he was crossing the main lanes of Interstate 10 near Waco in the Fifth Ward when he was hit by a Toyota truck, according to Houston Police Department.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Conroe man charged in knife assault
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 12:55 AM

    Police arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly attacking another person with a knife in Conroe Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
    Randy Bangs was charged with aggravated assault and taken to Montgomery County Jail, authorities said.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • HFD investigating chemical spill in S. Houston
    Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 08:45 PM

    Firefighters are investigating a puddle containing an unknown chemical substance in south Houston, authorities said.
    Callers reported a puddle containing an unknown chemical substance on the ground outside of a white building in 4700 Griggs around 4:38 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Labor Day closings
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 09:51 PM

    No garbage or curbside recycling collections; Solid Waste Management Department facilities, neighborhood depositories, Westpark Recycling Center closed.

    Monday's garbage, curbside recycling, yard waste, first Monday and first Tuesday's tree waste collected; neighborhood depositories closed; Westpark reopens.

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  • Ex-Crystal Beach fire chief indicted
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 07:50 PM

    The grand jury indicted David Miles Loop, 56, former chief of the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, on a count of theft by a public servant and a count of misapplication of fiduciary property.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Nearly 2,900 immigrant children resettle in Harris County in 7 months
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 03:40 PM

    Nearly 2,900 immigrant children, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have been released to sponsors in Harris County in the first seven months of the year, according to federal statistics.

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  • Dead man found on jogging trail
    Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 11:00 PM

    Routine for some runners veered from normal Thursday morning when a man was found dead on a jogging trail in the Heights.
    The discovery was made about 4:45 a.m. at 200 Heights Blvd.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share