The Alabama-Coushatta want their casino back. The Texas horse tracks say betting on races isn’t enough. Both see expanded gambling in the state as their ticket to solvency.
People have been talking about it for years, but the idea came one step closer to reality this week when a bipartisan group of legislators filed bills to help create hike-and-bike paths along Houston's utility easements. Those easements -- the property surrounding, say, those large electricity towe ... More >>
Texas voters, even in the midst of a so-called "conservative uprising," managed to elect the first openly gay woman to the Texas House on Tuesday night. Mary Gonzalez, to be more specific, will be both the first woman to win House District 75 in El Paso and the second openly gay candidate to secure ... More >>
The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?
Jon Buice stays in prison.Jon Buice, who had been awarded a controversial parole after serving time for his role in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, will not be a free man after all. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles today reversed its earlier decision granting Buice parole in l ... More >>
Montrose residents lit a candle for hate crime victims.Last night, throngs of people bearing candles filled an empty parking lot in Montrose, just off the main gay bar drag of Pacific Street. A block or two from here, Paul Broussard was murdered in 1991. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death ... More >>
Houston gets its first co-op — decades after other cities took the plunge.
Coogs pushing hard in Austin.The University of Houston is the last holdout in a vote to set the funding distribution method out of a voter-backed endowment devoted to ramping up the number of nationally ranked universities in Texas. The University of Texas and Texas A&M University are the st ... More >>
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
Nostalgia, but no consolidation of voting locationsFor all those who pine nostalgically for cardboard privacy boxes and paper voting ballots, oh boy is this the year for you.At an emergency meeting of the Harris County Commissioners' Court on Monday, County Clerk Beverly Kaufman said paper ballot ... More >>
The 2010 Yates championship team proved nobody does it better.
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
You may have missed it this morning -- but a podcast should be available here (and part two is tomorrow)-- but NPR's Morning Edition came to Houston to look at how we handle growth.The network's Steve Inskeep said Houston represents the latest chapter of the Urban Frontier series because we have ... More >>
Photo courtesy GHCVBSomeone asked us the other day what happened to all that grant money that was supposed to renovate apartment complexes along Broadway Boulevard and give the area a much-needed face lift. He was driving down the street and said it looked like not a single property had been fixe ... More >>
Photo by normanackIn a surprisingly civilized and advanced move for our great state, local Texas House Democrats Jessica Farrar and Garnet Coleman co-authored and introduced a bill that would make post-partum psychosis a possible legal defense in trials of women who kill their children. Under the te ... More >>
Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School
Following surgery, Sabrina Martin's condition went south. And then, her family says, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital set about arranging for her demise.
The highs and lows of a World Cup day and a gay pride evening
Ron Wilson gets down on fellow Democrats
Tanks a lot! This dynamic duo delivers the gauche from Gotham City
When Democrats try to impersonate Republicans, the results ain't pretty
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
Is his campaign currying gays in Montrose, then bashing them in black areas?
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
Filling the Gulf, Anime Alert, Harsh on Harsh
Can a top-ranked lawmaker control his inner demons?
When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again
Can the system keep up with the evolution of mental health?
Steve Chesser went to MHMRA for help. Sent home from its emergency clinic without medicine or therapy, he shot his and killed himself. Diagnosis: A mental health care system in free fall.
Old cemeteries rarely die. They just get buried under weeds, development and indifference.
Teenagers and anti-handgun advocates are helping Jaime Barrica keep a promise to his dead son
When it comes to housing the mentally disabled, is better-than-nothing good enough?
Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?
Fishy deals for Fire Station No. 1
Politically connected Golden Eagle claws a critical TCADA inspector
Raging Bull: Rains in pain becomes bane of the HSA board
Rolling the Credits on Council's "B" Movie: The dynamic duo of Yarbrough, Johnson leave a legacy of campaign high jinks
The city of Houston is exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers
TSU struggles on as insiders battle detractors both within and outside the school's front gates
Lockheed Martin's welfare-reform efforts have cost taxpayers across the country millions. So naturally, Lockheed Martin has been hired to train and find jobs for the poor in Houston and Harris County.
Council candidate presides over a rather unique substance abuse program
In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help
Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?
As HIV spreads among blacks and Hispanics, agencies that serve those communities say they're being shortchanged
One of Houston's most venerable communities is set for redevelopment. Before that happens, though, perhaps one question needs to be answered: Whose community?
A promising young lawmaker goes public with his long battle with mental depression