Houston Chronicle

    • Texas prisons begin effort to move inmates back to overheated unit at center of lawsuit
      1h 27m 43s ago
      Barely two weeks after reaching a settlement in a landmark lawsuit over sweltering conditions in one Navasota lockup, the Texas prison system Monday began the process of shifting vulnerable inmates back to the unit at the center of the legal claim. In the wee hours of Monday morning, five buses moved prisoners out of the Wallace Pack Unit to make room for the returning heat-sensitive inmates transferred out months ago at a federal judge's order. "The move closes another chapter of poor planning and lack of foresight the prison system has experienced for years," said Lance Lowry, a Huntsville corrections officer and former union president.
    • Ex-Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, testify against Manafort
      1h 52m 43s ago
      WASHINGTON - A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days - and has made it clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign. The change of heart by Trump's former deputy campaign manager, Rick Gates, who had pleaded not guilty after being indicted in October on charges similar to those against Manafort, was described in interviews by people familiar with the case. "Rick Gates is going to change his plea to guilty," said a person with direct knowledge of the development, adding that the revised plea will be presented in federal court in Washington "within the next few days.
    • Syrian forces will aid Kurds against Turkey
      2h 19m 43s ago
      Syrian government-backed forces are set to enter the border town of Afrin in the coming hours to support Kurdish fighters battling Turkish troops, Syria's state-run media reported on Monday, raising the risk of dragging Turkey deeper into the seven-year war. The move aims to "support our people against the Turkish regime's aggression," according to a brief report carried by the official SANA news agency. The deployment will be of "popular" forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Sky News Arabia reported. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the plan will not derail his country's offensive. Turkey launched a cross-border operation on January 20 in the town of Afrin to expel the Kurdish YPG group from the border area.
    • School shooting puts heat on Fla. lawmakers
      2h 33m 43s ago
      PARKLAND, Fla. - The deadly shooting at a Florida high school has put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws in a state that has resisted restrictions on firearms for decades, lawmakers said Monday. The legislative effort coalesced as 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepared to ride buses more than 400 miles to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week. The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, made his first appearance in court Monday.
    • Pennsylvania's high court redraws congressional districts
      2h 44m 43s ago
      HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans are able to stop it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision, with four Democratic justices backing it and one Democratic justice siding with two Republicans against it.
    • Heavy rainfall, potential flooding could hit Houston region midweek
      3h 34m 43s ago

      NWS forecasts between 1-2 inches of rain that will begin Wednesday, possibly flooding streets in low-lying areas.

    • Texas prisons begin effort to move inmates back to overheated unit at center of lawsuit
      4h 11m 43s ago

      Barely two weeks after reaching a settlement in a landmark lawsuit over sweltering conditions in one Navasota lock-up, the Texas prison system Monday began the process of shifting vulnerable inmates back to the unit at the center of the legal claim.

    • TV-radio listings: Feb. 20
      4h 12m 43s ago
      Television Col. baseball Texas-Arlington at TCU FSSW 6:30 p.m. Col. basketball Rutgers at Ohio St. Big Ten 6 p.m. Col. basketball Rhode Island at La Salle CBSSN 6 p.m. Col. basketball Illinois at Michigan St. ESPN 6 p.m. Col. basketball West Virginia at Baylor ESPN2 6 p.m. Col. basketball Creighton at Butler FS1 6 p.m. Col. basketball Boston College at North Carolina St. FSSW& 6 p.m. Col. basketball Mississippi St. at Texas A&M SEC 6 p.m. Col. basketball New Mexico at Wyoming ATTSW 8 p.m. Col. basketball Indiana at Nebraska Big Ten 8 p.m. Col. basketball Northern Iowa at Valparaiso CBSSN 8 p.m. Col. basketball Kentucky at Arkansas ESPN 8 p.m. Col. basketball Mississippi at Missouri ESPN2 8 p.m. Col.
    • Postal worker shot, killed on Texas highway
      4h 55m 43s ago

      A United States Postal Service worker was shot and killed on a Texas highway early Monday morning, and police are still searching for the shooter.

    • Texas company issues recall on food used in school lunches
      5h 23m 43s ago

      Schools across the country are urged to throw away certain ready-to-eat chicken patties after a Texas-based company said they could be contaminated.

    • Tow truck driver helps deputies catch Beltway 8 racer
      6h 7m 43s ago

      An alert tow truck driver helped deputies nab a racing driver early Sunday morning, authorities said.

    • Man shot in police standoff after pointing BB gun at officers charged with aggravated assault
      8h 2m 43s ago

      A Houston man shot last week in a police stand-off after refusing to drop his BB gun has been charged with assault on a public servant.

    • Plano councilman draws fire for anti-Muslim social media posts
      9h 18m 43s ago

      Emotions are running high in the city of Plano today after the City Council voted 7-1 to censure a fellow councilman over anti-Islamic posts on social media.

    • Memorial Villages Police report
      9h 35m 43s ago
      Bunker Hill 2/10/18 at 1345 Hours. 11700 Block of Forrest Glen. Identity Theft/Fraud. Victim reported receiving statements for new credit card accounts that had been recently opened in the victim's name. The accounts were at Home Depot and JC Penny. Both accounts had activity on them. The Home Depot account had been used at a Pearland store. Information was obtained and provided to detectives who are working with other area agencies on these cases that appear to all be linked together. 2/12/18 at 1115 Hours. 11900 Block of Steppingstone. Identity Theft/Attempted Fraud. Victim reported that he received a call from a credit bureau asking him to confirm some information.
    • $17K medical charge to pee in a cup
      9h 46m 43s ago

      A Texas woman was charged a total of $17,850 by a Houston lab for a urine screening that looked for a wide array of legal and illegal drugs that had nothing to do with her care, Kaiser Health News has reported. The typical charge for a routine urine test is rarely more than $200.

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