Energy & Environment

Maintenance for flood control projects to face delays as Harris County agency deals with a smaller budget

Posted on · Regular maintenance is critical for flood mitigation projects to work as they’re supposed to. But the Harris County Flood Control District’s maintenance budget isn’t keeping pace with its growing portfolio of projects.

Property Taxes

Politics

What a $50 savings per taxpayer is costing Harris County residents

Posted on · Republican officials contend last fall’s boycott of Harris County Commissioners Court was more than worth it, forcing cuts to what they saw as a bloated budget and granting relief to taxpayers burdened by inflation. But the bill is coming due in the form of starved departments and fewer services.

Elections

GOP claims of Election Day mismanagement, fraud don’t explain Democrats’ 2022 sweep of Harris County

Posted on · Republicans are seeking fresh elections in nearly two dozen contests, alleging Election Day woes cost them thousands of votes, but a surge in Democratic registration and long-term demographic trends provide simpler explanations for GOP losses.

T.H. Roger student Beau Aubin

Education

What’s going on at T.H. Rogers? HISD reverses plan to split up students

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District recently paused a plan to relocate students with profound disabilities from a specialized school, T.H. Rogers, after backlash from parents. If the students are separated, they’ll be the second special education group to leave the campus. A program for deaf students at T.H. Rogers was split up across other campuses this school year. 

Energy & Environment

Researchers test private wells near Jones Road Superfund Site after EPA report finds groundwater contamination is still a concern

Posted on · The Superfund site is located in the Cypress Shopping Centre strip mall off Jones Road where a former dry cleaners failed to dispose of its chemicals properly, contaminating the groundwater and soil. Cleanup of the site has been in the works for more than a decade.

Education

Katy school students come together as censorship of LGBTQ+ voices ramps up

Posted on · In October, students at Katy ISD pushed school officials to lift filters blocking websites with LGBTQ+ resources in some of its high schools. We’re keeping up with those students as they navigate a school year fraught with book bans and other censorship.