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  1. The National Day of Prayer Task Force will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4. The nation-wide observance was created in 1952 by the U.S. Congress and has been celebrated annually on the first Thursday of May since 1988, according to the task force. For community members in the Greater Houston area, a variety of prayer events is planned throughout the region. Conroe 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 100 Mosswood Drive, Conroe The event features a time of prayer and worship with community members and local officials from across the North Houston region. The post 13 places in Houston to celebrate National Day of Prayer, May 4 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  2. In a huge win for environmental groups, a federal judge has ordered ExxonMobil to pay nearly $20 million for spewing millions of pounds of excess air pollution from its Houston-area industrial facilities. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas sued the energy giant in 2010, alleging that over a five-year period it had emitted more than 8 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and other contaminants from its sprawling Baytown complex than is allowed by state and federal law and clean air permits. The 3,400-acre complex about 25 miles east of Houston houses a refinery and chemical, olefins and plastics plants. U.S. […] The post ExxonMobil ordered to pay $20 million for air pollution at Houston plants appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  3. Citing the threat of lawsuits, Scimetrics, the company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs, announced Tuesday it had withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin-based poison is finished — or that the product known as Kaput won’t eventually make it to the state. The company has “discontinued [its] attempts to provide this resource in Texas at this time,” according to a news release.Via Texas Tribune The post Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  4. DALLAS – Uber is looking to North Texas as a testing ground for its initiative to make intra-urban flying vehicle rides a reality. The company announced Tuesday that Dallas and Fort Worth are its first U.S. partner cities for what its dubbing the “Uber Elevate Network.” The company hopes to have the first demonstration of how such a network of flying, hailed vehicles would work in three years. Uber is also working with Dallas’ Hillwood Properties to plan vertiports, sites where the aircraft would pick up and drop off passengers. Fort Worth’s Bell Helicopter is among companies partnering with Uber […] The post Uber picks Dallas, Fort Worth as test cities for flying vehicle network appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  5. Perched on the edge of downtown Houston, Buffalo Bayou Park is one of the Bayou City’s largest green spaces. The park is a haven for walkers, runners and cyclists, but there is much more to do there than just exercise. Check out some of the park’s most exciting attractions and activities: Running and biking trails Miles and miles of trails encircle the bayou, giving runners, walkers and bikers an endless amount of routes to choose from. Up and down the park, several bridges cross the bayou—runners do not have to travel the entire length of the park to get their […] The post 10 things to check out at Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  6. Several members of the Texas House have removed their names as co-authors of a bill that would regulate ride-hailing companies after the addition of an amendment that defines “sex” as the “physical condition of being male or female.” The amendment passed with a 90-52 vote Wednesday after House Bill 100’s author, Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, accepted the amendment, saying he views it as “further defining something that’s already defined.” But soon after, Democrats started pulling their support, saying the bill opened the door for discrimination against LGBT Texans. That issue has permeated the legislative session since Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick prioritized a “bathroom bill” that […] The post House Democrats disavow ride-hailing bill after addition of “sex” amendment appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  7. Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, has proposed a bill that would allow state money to go to federal law enforcement training. The bill would provide funds for counties, cities or other local agencies to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program. The program provides voluntary immigration training for any law-enforcement agency throughout the country that would like to participate. Participating officers train for four weeks at a training facility in South Carolina and receive a one-week refresher course once every two years. Throughout the country, 37 agencies participate in the program. The post Texas Sen. proposes grant so local police agencies can be trained for immigration enforcement appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  8. By Aliyya Swaby State Rep. Dan Huberty succeeded at a difficult task Wednesday: getting the Texas House of Representatives to vote for legislation overhauling the funding system for public education, without a court mandate. After a four-hour discussion of more than 30 proposed amendments, the House voted 134-16 to tentatively accept its top education leader’s plan to inject $1.6 billion into public schools, simplify the complex formulas for allocating that money, and target certain disadvantaged student groups for more funding. The bill must still be approved on a third and final reading in the House. The post House gives preliminary approval to bill overhauling school finance system appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  9. April 21-30: 50th annual WorldFest-Houston Independent Film Festival The festival features 200 independent films from 76 countries over 10 days. Times vary. $7.50 (matinee shows), $12.50 (evening shows), VIP packages available. AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale Road, Houston. www.worldfest.org April 22: Shipley Do-Nuts Dash at 8th Wonder Brewery The third annual event benefits Kids’ Meals, a Meals-on-Wheels organization that feeds preschool-age children living in poverty locally. The two-mile course has doughnut-themed obstacles, and an after party has free doughnuts, milk and beverages from the brewery. 9 a.m.-noon. $30. 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas St., Houston. www.eventbrite.com/e/shipley-do-nuts-dash-tickets-31265490925 April 22: ‘Garbage Island’ […] The post 8 things to do in Houston this weekend, April 21-23 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  10. HOUSTON — The walls, painted blue and yellow, are accented with inspirational words: “HOPE. BELIEVE. DREAM. FAITH.” Shelves and cubbies line one wall, stacked with toys and books. The room has a television and a limited supply of board games. Cribs are set up next door for napping infants. There’s a laundry room, showers, and a large closet full of extra clothes and toiletries. Sometimes the staff take the kids outside to use the basketball pavilion. That’s about all there is to do. No one is supposed to sleep or spend more than a few hours in this little building at the Harris County […] The post For troubled foster kids in Houston, sleeping in offices is “rock bottom” appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  11. Editor’s note: This story was updated April 20 to note that the Texas House gave final approval to House Bill 21. State Rep. Dan Huberty succeeded at a difficult task Wednesday: getting the Texas House of Representatives to vote for legislation overhauling the funding system for public education, without a court mandate. After a four-hour discussion of more than 30 proposed amendments, the House voted 134-16 to tentatively accept its top education leader’s plan to inject $1.6 billion into public schools, simplify the complex formulas for allocating that money, and target certain disadvantaged student groups for more funding. The bill must […] The post House gives preliminary approval to bill overhauling school finance system appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  12. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office has declared this year’s Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday will run from 12:01 a.m. on April 22 to midnight on April 24. Although there is no limit on the number of items Texas residents can buy during this time frame, there are some restrictions on qualifying items. Here is a list of some of the items that are tax-exempt this weekend: Tax-exempt if costing less than $75: Axes Batteries Can openers Carbon monoxide detectors Fire extinguishers First aid kits Fuel containers Ground anchor systems to provide temporary support to trees or building […] The post Prepping for flood season? Save on supplies this weekend appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  13. On Tuesday afternoon the House Public Education Committee heard a bill that has been called David’s Law, a bill named for David Molak, a 16-year-old who committed suicide in January 2016 after being cyberbullied. Molak, a student at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, was ridiculed on various social platforms by his peers. He transferred schools, but the bullying followed him. Molak’s parents, Matt and Maureen, helped state Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio, and Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, craft matching pieces of legislation that would change elements of the education, civil and penal code to create consequences for cyberbullying. The post Bill in Texas Legislature, David’s Law, aims to criminalize cyberbullying appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  14. The House Public Education Committee had what Chair Dan Huberty, R-Houston, called a smorgasbord of a day Tuesday afternoon with a wide variety of bills, including two regarding the University Interscholastic League, or UIL, which facilitates 14 different sports in Texas public schools. Two bills heard in committee Tuesday aimed to make competitions safer for those competing. The first, House Bill 1075 by state Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, would mandate the frequency and schedule of background checks for sports officials at UIL games. The post Changes could be coming to UIL school sports via the Texas Legislature appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  15. On Monday, four county judges from some of the largest counties in Texas, collectively with a population of more than 6.5 million, told Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, they were opposed to the so-called “bathroom bill.” The judges who signed off on the letter include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. The judges call Senate Bill 6 an unnecessary, discriminatory and economically damaging piece of legislation and say the state could miss out on billions in […] The post 4 of Texas’ largest counties to Gov. Abbott: Say no to ‘bathroom bill’ appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  16. The National Weather Service has declared a flash flood watch for portions of southeast Texas through this afternoon, including the following counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Jackson, Austin, Chambers, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Matagorda, Colorado and Wharton. Flash Flood Watch for Harris County until 4:00pm Tuesday. https://t.co/0w3JoECTBR #houwx — Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) April 18, 2017 The post Flash flood watch in effect in Houston area counties through this afternoon appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  17. By Jim Malewitz Comptroller Glenn Hegar, the state’s chief financial officer, wants to overhaul the way Texas socks away money for tough economic times. He’s pitching an investment strategy — the creation of an endowment of sorts — that he believes would grow the state’s savings account by billions over the decades and give lawmakers extra funds each session for often-neglected items such as funding pensions, paying down debts or fixing crumbling infrastructure like state hospitals. Hegar’s plan, made public in a TribTalk column Thursday, would reshape the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the Rainy Day Fund. That […] The post Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar pitches Rainy Day Fund overhaul appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  18. Drivers can expect several lane and ramp closures on Easter weekend, which could impede travel on Loop 610, I-45 and Hwy. 290. The eastbound connector ramp from Loop 610 South to I-45 is closed continuously until Sept. 30. Drivers can detour by taking the I-45 southbound connector ramp, exiting on Broadway Street and making a U-turn. The I-45 Gulf northbound exit ramp to St. Joseph Parkway/Pease Street will be closed continuously until Oct. 2. Drivers will detour to the Scott Street exit to access the northbound I-45 frontage road. The Loop 610 South eastbound frontage road is closed from Woodridge Drive to I-35 and Reveille […] The post Lane and ramp closures affect major Houston connectors this weekend, April 14-16 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  19. There is no shortage of event options this weekend in Houston, including a few inaugural foodie events. Mac & Cheese Fest Houston Saturday More than two dozen local restaurants are participating in the annual festival, which features unlimited samples of mac and cheese and adult drink coupons with the price of admission. Featured restaurants include Prohibition, The Capital Grille, Yardhouse, Urban Eats and more than 20 others. Several Houston beverage companies will also be on-site with craft beer and spirits. Noon-4 p.m. $50 (general admission), $80 (VIP admission). Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston. macandcheesehouston.eventbrite.com HTX Dessert Crawl Saturday […] The post Mac & Cheese Fest and a dessert crawl: 6 things to do in Houston this weekend, April 14-16 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  20. Thunderstorms have been rolling through the Greater Houston area this afternoon, and showers are forecasted to continue until about 6 p.m. .@HCFCD reporting almost 1″ of rain in the past hour near @iah. Roads may be tricky. Plan ahead if you’re headed to the big airport.✈#houwxpic.twitter.com/9L8sUetDgR — Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) April 11, 2017 The post Houston reacts to thunderstorms rolling through the area today appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  21. After a 2015 Supreme Court decision changed the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, said a de-facto religious test was created for clerks and judges. Birdwell cited Article 1, Section 4 of the Texas Constitution as the reason behind a bill he filed that would allow clerks and judges to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses and performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this state,” the Texas Constitution reads. The post Texas Senate works toward passing bill so clerks can refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  22. In the middle of the House Elections Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an especially pertinent decision declaring that Texas’ 2011 voter identification legislation was passed with a discriminatory intent. In 2016, the court ruled the law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters. The court declined to rule at the time on the law’s intent, waiting until Monday to do so. As if it were scheduled with this ruling in mind, the elections committee reviewed an updated voter ID law to address the 5th Circuit’s previous rulings. The post House Elections Committee meets after 5th Circuit Court decision declaring Texas voter ID intentionally discriminatory appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  23. With development expanding in the Greater Houston area, Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston, wants the region to take a closer look at its flood mitigation efforts. In light of costly and deadly weather events over the past couple years, Miles is proposing the creation of a 12-member task force to assess the existing flood control infrastructure in Harris and Galveston counties. Senate bill 1269 passed the Senate committee on agriculture, water and rural affairs Thursday. If enacted, the bill would create the task force to study necessary improvements for those areas and report back to the state by Dec. 1, 2018. Miles […] The post Senate bill proposes new flood study task force for Harris, Galveston counties appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  24. Drivers this weekend heading downtown or traveling on major roadways in Houston this weekend can expect various delays due to construction. Here are six major connector closures to help drivers plan ahead: 1. The eastbound connector ramp from 610 Loop South to I-45 is closed continuously until Sept. 30. Drivers can detour by taking the I-45 southbound connector ramp, exiting on Broadway and making a U-turn. 2. IH-10 will have 3 alternate lanes closed eastbound and westbound from T. C. Jester Blvd. to Smith and Louisiana Streets from 9 p.m. Friday, April 7 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 10. The post Multiple closures on 610 Loop, Hwy. 290 set for this weekend, April 7-9 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  25. Each time the full Texas Legislature meets, some laws are passed to impose new regulations and some don’t. On its face, a proposal could end each time a bill dies in committee or gets voted down in either chamber. However, the budget offers another avenue to approve proposals as amendments. The Texas House is expected to debate Thursday and into Friday about more than 400 amendments proposed for the first draft of the Senate budget, which was approved late last month. For context, last legislative session there were roughly 350 amendments offered, and that House remained in session for 18 […] The post Texas House budget debate brings controversial amendments: bathroom policy, citizenship questions, border wall appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
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