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New York charity distributes $5M in gift cards to families displaced by Harvey

Mayor Sylvester Turner this week thanked a New York charity that distributed $1,000 gift cards to about 5,000 Houston-area children and families displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Families from the Aldine, Alief, Spring, Sheldon, Pasadena, KIPP, Galena Park, CyFair, Spring Branch and Houston school districts, Raul Yzaguirre Charter and Young Learners charter schools, and families received aid from the the Cantor …

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Harris County OKs $105 million renovation of Astrodome

The Astrodome has been vacant for years as officials and voters have considered and rejected a series of plans for new uses and renovation for the world’s first domed sports stadium. Eight months before construction crews are expected to begin renovations work on the now-shuttered Astrodome, some groups already are hatching plans to make use of the famed stadium’s nine …

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Houston wants stricter rules on building in floodplains. So what flooded there?

Houston officials are weighing a number of regulatory changes to harden the city for the next flood, one of which would extend and strengthen various rules governing development in local floodplains. A lengthy City Council hearing Monday on the proposal featured a fair amount of testimony from developers, builders and engineers who said they are concerned the city isn’t basing …

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Mayoral event honors community volunteers as ‘History Makers’

An astronaut, an Olympian and a legendary debate coach were among 10 inaugural recipients of the Mayor’s History Maker Awards, an honor Mayor Sylvester Turner said he planned to make an annual event to recognize public service-minded individuals. Turner said he hoped the event would serve as an inspiration to other Houstonians whose quiet, and often challenging, mentorship and advocacy efforts …

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Council, civic leaders call for more time on Mayor Turner’s flood control rules

City Council members, developers, builders and neighborhood leaders balked Monday at Mayor Sylvester Turner’s goal of holding a council vote on new flood control regulations just two weeks after the details are released. Some council members also expressed concern that city officials had circulated an early draft of the proposed floodplain ordinance to industry groups — homebuilders, developers, engineers — …

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Mayoral event honors community volunteers as ‘History Makers’

An astronaut, an Olympian and a legendary debate coach were among 10 inaugural recipients of the Mayor’s History Maker Awards, an honor Mayor Sylvester Turner said he planned to make an annual event to recognize public service-minded individuals. Turner said he hoped the event would serve as an inspiration to other Houstonians whose quiet, and often challenging, mentorship and advocacy efforts …

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Mayor Sylvester Turner honors 10 civic leaders with first History Makers Awards

Mayor Sylvester Turner will recognize 10 civic leaders Friday at his new History Makers Awards, an event meant to honor Houstonians who contribute to the community by volunteering, mentoring and advocacy. The event, formed in recognition of February’s designation as Black History Month, will be held at the Houstonian Hotel, and will honor the following Houstonians: Barbara Curtis of R.A.R.E. …

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Gov. Abbott unveils plan to target sex criminals, eliminate rape-kit backlog

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a new $40 million plan that would change the way state law and police agencies combat sex crime, including sexual harassers at the Texas Capitol, child predators, and human traffickers while protecting the victims.   The Governor’s proposal, announced Tuesday in Houston, would represent a significant change to state criminal laws and enforcement of sex crimes, …

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