Houston Chronicle

    • Study: Diverse workforce makes friendlier police departments
      47m 52s ago

      Advocates of community policing have long claimed a more diverse police workforce would ease tensions between citizens and law enforcement.

      A new study appears to give those proponents added ammunition.

    • Study proposes removing White Oak Bayou's concrete
      47m 52s ago

      A study of White Oak Bayou has found three possible alternatives to remove its concrete lining on a portion of the bayou near downtown Houston, Harris County Flood Control District officials announced.

    • Harvey cleanup mostly complete along state roads
      1h 17m 52s ago

      TxDOT estimates crews cleared 10 million cubic feet, or nearly 240 million Super Big Gulps

    • Nigerian woman faces judge in marriage fraud scam that led to 11 convictions
      1h 17m 52s ago

      A Nigerian woman is set for sentencing in a Houston federal courtroom Tuesday for conspiring to commit marriage fraud with the aim of getting permanent residency status. She is one of 11 individuals convicted in two related schemes involving fake marriages for Nigerians in the Houston area.

    • Winning numbers for Oct. 16, 2017
      9h 50m 52s ago
      Lottery winning numbers TEXAS Lotto: 10/1415-17-23-24-44-53 Estimated jackpot $15.5 million Winning tickets None Next jackpot 10/18 $16 million Pick 3 morn.: 10/169-1-2 Sum: 12 Pick 3 day: 4-5-9 Sum: 18 Pick 3 even.: 2-6-9 Sum: 17 Pick 3 night: 9-7-3 Sum: 19 Daily 4 morn.: 10/163-4-2-2 Sum: 11 Daily 4 day: 3-2-8-4 Sum: 17 Daily 4 even.: 6-6-7-7 Sum: 6 Daily 4 night: 3-3-7-7 Sum: 20 Cash 5: 10/165-14-22-25-32 Two Step: 10/1610-22-24-35 Bonus Ball: 32 POWERBALL Powerball: 10/1432-37-56-66-69 Powerball: 11 Estimated jackpot $143 million Winning tickets None Next jackpot 10/18 $156 million MEGA MILLIONS MEGA: 10/13 2-7-18-26-31 Mega Ball: 12 Megaplier: 2 Estimated jackpot $43 million Winning tickets 2, in Mich.
    • State plans to hire private entity to manage foster care in Bexar County
      11h 1m 52s ago
      AUSTIN - The state is planning to contract with a private organization to manage foster care in Bexar County, a move advocates say will better serve kids but that critics warn will outsource decisions Child Protective Services should be making. Bexar County is set to be the third area statewide to get the new "community-based care" model, approved by the Legislature this year as a way to reform the embattled foster care system. In the new approach, state workers will continue investigating claims of abuse and neglect. But once children are removed from dangerous situations and put into foster care, the vendor would eventually take over, coordinating kids' services, caseworker visits and court-related duties.
    • Here's the beef | 10.17.17
      11h 13m 52s ago

      On today's menu: Wi-Fi security gets hacked; TechBurger gets explained; #MeToo hashtag takes off in social media in Houston

    • Where Houston school districts land on the list of Texas' best
      11h 24m 52s ago

      Houston is home to some of the top school districts in the state, according to the most recent rankings by education data site Niche.

    • Officials wrap up fajita fraud investigation
      11h 27m 52s ago
      BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County District Attorney's Office has a beef with one Juvenile Justice Department employee, alleging he stole $1.2 million worth of fajitas during the past nine years. The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department does not serve fajitas. "If it wasn't so serious, you'd think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing," District Attorney Luis Saenz said. On Aug. 7, Gilberto Escaramilla took a day off to go to a medical appointment. A driver from Labatt Food Service in Harlingen - the Juvenile Justice Department's meat vendor - called the kitchen to inform it of an 800-pound delivery of fajitas.
    • In Weinstein's wake, can Hollywood change?
      11h 37m 52s ago
      LOS ANGELES - "That's how it works," actress and director Sarah Polley recalls Harvey Weinstein saying to her years ago in his office. If she agreed to a "very close relationship" with him she could go on to be a star and win awards, he said. He told her that a famous actress had once sat in her seat and that her success was because of their "close relationship," she wrote in an essay for The New York Times on Saturday. Polley was 19 at the time and wasn't particularly interested in being a star or continuing to act. "I was purely lucky that I didn't care," she wrote.
    • Sister of notorious Houston serial killer: 'He should be killed'
      12h 42m 52s ago

      Anthony Shore, the notorious Tourniquet Killer who terrorized the Bayou City in the 1980s and 1990s, is set to meet his fate Wednesday in Huntsville's death chamber.

    • How much a doctor's visit cost in the U.S. vs. other countries
      13h 49m 52s ago

      Last week, Trump threatened to end Affordable Care Act subsidies, or government payments to insurance companies that help reduce the healthcare costs of low and middle income families.

    • Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee
      14h 25m 52s ago
      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden news conference that he will look at reports by The Washington Post and CBS News "very closely," adding: "If I think it's 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do, I will make a change." The Post and CBS' "60 Minutes" reported Sunday on the 2016 law, which weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.
    • TV-radio listings: Oct. 17
      14h 26m 52s ago
      Television Pro baseball Astros at N.Y. Yankees FS1 4 p.m. Pro baseball L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs TBS 8 p.m. Pro basketball Boston at Cleveland TNT 7 p.m. Pro basketball Rockets at Golden State TNT 9:30 p.m. Pro hockey Tampa Bay at New Jersey NBCSN 6:30 p.m. Pro hockey Arizona at Dallas FSSW 7:30 p.m. Pro hockey Montreal at San Jose NBCSN 9:30 p.m. Soccer Tottenham at Real Madrid FS1 1:30 p.m. Soccer Napoli at Manchester City FS2 1:30 p.m. Soccer NK Maribor at Liverpool FSSW 1:30 p.m. Radio Pro baseball Astros at N.Y. Yankees 790 AM 4 p.m.Astros in Spanish 94.1 FM Pro basketball Rockets at Golden State 790 AM9:30 p.m.Rockets in Spanish 850 AM
    • TWIA to spend balance of its catastrophe reserve to pay Harvey claims
      15h 13m 52s ago

      The state's windstorm insurer of last resort expects to spend what's left in its catastrophe reserve trust fund to cover losses incurred by Hurricane Harvey.

      In a statement released Monday, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said it expects to record losses of $1.13 billion from the storm, which struck the Port Aransas/Rockport area on Aug. 25 as a Category 3 storm.

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