Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.
Last week, pretty much everybody and their grandmother thought the state water plan was deader than an Elvis Presley-era jumpsuit. Hopes were high when the 83rd legislative session opened in January. Many people who pay attention to this stuff (i.e. people like us who think water rights are intere ... More >>
HCAD fights owners of moderate housing for every single assessment penny. So why is it routinely handing out tax breaks worth several millions to big corporations?
Nine years ago, embattled right-wing radio host Michael Berry was a 32-year-old mayoral candidate. Tim Fleck wrote a feature on the fresh-faced city councilman and quixotic candidate (polling below 10 percent, Berry pulled out of the race less than a month after the story hit the street) and his Ind ... 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?
Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican
Reader weigh in on youths in state homes and behind bars.
Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.
Over the weekend, two local legends died -- private investigator Clyde Wilson and attorney Tom Alexander. The Houston Chronicle duly made note of the deaths, of course, but didn't mention the two were closely related professionally. And they worked together on two very high-profile Houston cases. ... More >>
Sugar Land spreads its legs
Don't worry, they're here
Why the mayor's race hasn't caught fire
Labor pains flare in a worker's fight with Wal-Mart
Bill White hopes brains and big bucks will get him elected
Metro's consulting becomes insulting for some Hispanic leaders
District 137 state Representative Scott Hochberg
The county says a candidate's home value is no White lie
An Internet fishing expedition titillates City Hall
Term limits and raw ambition send local politicos on holiday shopping sprees
Things are going to get ugly on the Kid-Care front
Dr. Shelley's new operating room reveals the worst and best of a City Council under term limits
A rejuvenated Red Rooster crows again on Old Spanish Trail
Who can avert the 2003 runoff from hell?
Airing out Darryl Carter's dirty laundry, with the help of Womack's campaign
So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.
Immigrant Hispanic workers at Quietflex spoke out. Now their struggle may reshape organized labor in Houston.
Should taxpayer dollars help prosecute a reporter with a big mouth and inoperable cancer?
Peary Perry's lawsuit against the city may indeed have implications for the November mayoral election -- but perhaps not the ones Perry and his lawyer have in mind
With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?
If Lanier aide Dave Walden isn't running the Prop One campaign, who is?
A new audit suggests Municipal Collections is better at making money than doing its job
How one disgruntled reader got satisfaction from the Chronicle
It seems the city's contract with Municipal Collections is a family affair
As Ben Hall prepares to leave City Hall, questions are again being raised about his involvement in the doling out of city business. But Hall says the law allows him to do pretty much as he pleases.
Municipal Collections has a lucrative city contract and some interesting partners. But good luck tracking it down
Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?
As the Rockets fought for the title, Houstonians fought -- and failed -- to keep their sanity