Harris County

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    UPDATED: 4 Children Among Those Killed in Spring Shooting That Leads to Tense Standoff

    Update: 8:33p.m.: This story has been updated with information about the standoff and the deceased. In a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the Spring area, seven people have been shot, including six who died,

  • News

    May 1, 2014

    Texas Is Losing Out on Millions of Dollars Thanks to Its Defective Property-Tax System

    Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Astrodome Worst Nightmares Won't be Coming True

    Want to get a better look at the New Dome Experience plan? Click here. Going into the meeting of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation board on Wednesday afternoon, held in the glassy glory that is Reliant Stadium, there was a certain dread hanging in the air. (This is Houston, after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    The Mass Confusion Over Whether Texas Medical Examiners Are Legit Without an Oath of Office

    Some people have to take it twice.​When we saw this story about the Webb County Attorney wondering why the county medical examiner never took an oath of office, thus potentially jeopardizing all her rulings, we wondered if the same thing could ever happen in Harris County, since no medical exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Violence And Kidnapping In Nigeria Makes Its Way To Houston Courtrooms

    photo courtesy of beckstir01 Kidnappings, pipeline bombings and vigilantism has become a way of life for both offshore oil workers stationed along the coast of Nigeria as well as the oppressed native insurgency groups who carry out the violence. (Check out this week's feature about one Texan's re ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    For Their Own Good: A Chance at Rehabilitation

    Teens could go to TYC till they're 19, then have another hearing to determine parole or prison after that.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    The 99-Cent Store Of Dogs

    So you’re a backyard breeder with a shitload of chihuahas to unload, but The Man (i.e., the state of Texas and Harris County) passes a law that says you can’t sell pets in a parking lot or roadside. What the hell are you going to do with the little yappers? If you’re lucky, you could ask the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    The Jail's Mental-Health Issues To Get An Airing

    Several candidates in upcoming Harris County political races are meeting for a forum on Tuesday to talk about mental illness and the Harris County Jail. If you don't think the jail can be rough for a mentally ill inmate, check out "Gone to Hell," this week's Houston Press cover story. Harris Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    County Government's Ethical Problems Solved

    There are some naysayers out there who might claim that Harris County government has a problem with ethics. These carpers will point to a DA and Sheriff who think county e-mail systems are a good place for racist jokes; a longtime revolving-door tradition that sees county employees move on to jobs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    More Campaign-Finance Stuff Gets Online

    Good news for political junkies -- Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman announced today that the county is joining the city and state by putting candidates' campaign-finance forms online. "The public can now view information pertaining to campaign contributions to local county officeholders and cand ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2008
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    June 26, 2008

    Useless Protest

    Homeowners find the rules can change from county to county

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Still Sucks to Be a Librarian, Even If You're Not Passing Out Drugs

    Our print edition is out, including an item in the Hair Balls column about how Harris County may be demanding that its librarians stay in town and go to the front lines as responders to a biological or chemical terrorist attack. We probably weren’t clear enough in writing it, though, and that res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    Out of Order

    For a while there, it was a nice conspiracy theory. A local reader e-mailed to complain that he/she was trying to get the new Christopher Hitchens’ book God Is Not Great through the Harris County Public Library System, as were at least 13 other people, if the library’s Web catalog is to be bel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007
  • News

    May 26, 2005

    No Pain, No Gain

    Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    September 16, 2004

    Keeping It Real

    Spring Creek stands poised to ride into history, one way or another

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Champion of the Underdog

    Texas Defender Service

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Bench Blues

    The judiciary starts scrambling after state cuts in visiting judges

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Local Girl Gone Bad

    Socialite Sanam Soudavar

  • News

    August 22, 2002

    The Old West

    He looks like Clint Eastwood and loves John Wayne; now this county official faces a showdown with Tomball's elderly

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Lethal Legacy

    Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Change Change

    Visitors to the county jail can now get the most for their money

  • News

    January 3, 2002

    Dems' New Year Vow: Oust GOP Judges

    Candidate recruits include a former Republican jurist

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    Unfunding a Mandate

    By falling behind in reports on educating kids, Harris County may lose hundreds of thousands in state grants. Or more.

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Drug Resistant

    Harris County jailers are in no hurry to hand out meds to inmates with AIDS. Inmates claim this and other lockup practices endanger their lives.

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Not Worth A Dam

    Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Punched Out

    Have patience: From the wrath of dangling chads comes computerized dial-a-voting

  • Dining

    August 2, 2001

    Rib Ticklers


  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Mid-Summer Daydreams

    The Democratic Party chief is full of promises -- and attitude

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Subpoena Envy

    A legislative panel summons local GOP leaders to a show-and-tell

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Political Winds of Change

    A new county study predicts an explosive minority population increase

  • News

    January 13, 2000
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    October 7, 1999

    Borderline Bond

    Local judges go anti-immigrant in bail policies

  • News

    May 27, 1999

    Good Times, Bad Times

    A federal lawsuit accuses the county of upping the pressure for guilty pleas

  • News

    May 20, 1999
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    December 10, 1998

    Balancing the Bench

    Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    Dissecting Dr. Carter

    Harris County's chief pathologist finds herself under the microscope.

  • News

    November 14, 1996
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    August 15, 1996

    The Last Safety Net

    In 1992, Harris County changed the way it cares for those who can't manage their own lives. Four and a half years later, social workers are swamped, and people like Miss Natalie suffer.

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    A Taxing Situation

    What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?

  • News

    December 28, 1995

    Making a Killing

    Double dipping, understaffing plague the M.E.'s office

  • News

    March 30, 1995

    All the Law Enforcement You Can Afford

    Harris County has abdicated a basic responsibility of government: to provide for the public safety of all. Instead, those who have get and those who don't get the leftovers.

  • News

    January 5, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

  • News

    October 6, 1994

    Psychotic Reaction

    Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.

  • News

    July 7, 1994

    Battle of the Bonds

    Bail bondsmen claim no-money bonds are putting criminals on the street

  • News

    June 9, 1994

    Open Mouths, Closed Hearts

    The Feds created a program to feed the hungry. In Harris County, it became a program to feed the greedy.

  • News

    February 10, 1994

    Defending the Indefensible

    Do court-appointed attorneys serve their clients or the courts?

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