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Dockless bike sharing proposal an uphill climb

Houston leaders aren’t ready to hop on board putting bikes across the sprawling, often sidewalk-slim city, as the area appears to be one of the next battlegrounds – again — in the so-called gig-economy. Staff of the city’s administration and regulatory affairs department have a proposed pilot program to allow all interested vendors to start deploying bicycles in Houston. The …

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Uptick in hazmat spills add to freeway woes

An 18-wheeler carrying sulfuric acid crashed Tuesday on Interstate 10, shutting down westbound lanes of the highway for hours. The truck had to be offloaded because its load had shifted in the wreck. An acid spill along westbound Interstate 10 added to commuting woes Tuesday, leaving early afternoon travelers scrambling for detours and emergency officials to clean up yet another …

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Houston proposes Metro site for ‘low-barrier’ homeless shelter

Some of Houston’s homeless are poised to move north of Buffalo Bayou, to a plot about the size of a small residential lot carved from a Metro bus depot, under a plan officials confirmed Monday is aimed at alleviating concerns about camps beneath downtown freeways. City officials and outreach advocates said the goal was a productive step forward in efforts …

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Houston could add 70,000 jobs next year, forecast says

The Houston economy, shaking off the oil bust and rebounding from Hurricane Harvey, could create as many 70,000 jobs next year and return to a normal pace of employment growth after the worst energy downturn in decades. The city’s fortunes will depend on whether drilling rigs can keep working in Texas oil fields well into 2018, providing sales and orders …

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If oil stagnates, U.S. growth and global trade will prop up Houston’s economy in 2018

Bustling global trade and a strong national economy should offset weakness in the energy sector, allowing Houston area to add more jobs next year, although at a subpar rate, according to an economic forecast released Friday. Companies that sell plastics, resins, lubricants and engineering services to national and international markets should benefit from solid growth expected for the U.S. and …

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Body found of father who went missing trying to sell his car

RICHMOND, Texas Authorities in Houston confirm they have found the body of a Richmond father of four who left home Tuesday night to show off a car for sale. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences identified a stabbing victim as 43-year-old Altaf Hussain Malik. Malik’s wife said someone had expressed interest about the blue 2009 Audi A8 the family was …

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EMT who worked tirelessly in Harvey is a ‘dreamer’ dedicated to helping others

Paramedic Jesús Contreras always dreamed of being a first responder. But he never imagined that his dedication to saving lives during Hurricane Harvey would turn him into a national poster child about the value of so-called “dreamer” immigrants. When the hurricane arrived in Houston, the 23-year-old felt he was responding to the call of his life “to help people, to …

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Meteorologist Jeff Lindner provided calm during the height of the storm

Jeff Lindner’s eyes drooped as the hours drifted by inside the Houston TranStar emergency center. By Day 3, after Hurricane Harvey’s rains began to fall, the Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist hunkered down inside the center, operating on a scant few hours of sleep – if any. But during Harvey’s peak, not once did the homegrown Houstonian’s voice quiver …

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Harvey laid bare lack of resources, training at Houston Fire Department

The Houston Fire Department’s limitations quickly became clear as Harvey’s floodwaters rose. Just one high-water rescue vehicle. Decades-old evacuation boats. Sparse training for swift-water rescues. And limited staffing after an 11th-hour decision not to call in major reinforcements to face the catastrophic storm. And yet, when firefighters rushed fearlessly into Harvey’s currents in late August, they were again hobbled by …

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Former sheriff Adrian Garcia to challenge Morman for Pct. 2 commissioner

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has announced he will run for Precinct 2 commissioner against incumbent Jack Morman. “We all know that sometimes government can come up short, so it’s up to leaders who love what we do to roll our sleeves up and find better solutions,” Garcia said in an emailed announcement. “Since the day my mother encouraged …

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