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Houston’s animal shelter could go ‘no kill.’ Here’s why.

The city’s once-troubled Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care now often finishes a slow month having euthanized fewer than 10 percent of the animals that come through the shelter doors, achieving, at least momentarily, the “no-kill” label prized by animal activists. The chart below better explains how the shelter has improved its live-release rate over time. Transfers to partner rescue …

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Big Plans for Rehan Siddiqi & Hum Fm Radio in 2018, I am extremely proud of everything we have achieved. Rehan Siddiqi

By: Raja Zahid Khanzada Houston: 2017 was a busy and successful year for Rehan Siddiqi & Houston’s Official Desi Radio station,106.1 Hum Fm , with back to back concerts, starting the Year off with Mika Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali khan, Arijit Sigh, Atif Aslam, Nitin Mukesh, Shreya Ghosal , Rekha Bhardwaj, Satinder Sartaaj & Mehwish Hayat. Collectively Rehan Siddiqi brought …

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Sale of $1B in Houston pension bonds can proceed, judge rules

The City of Houston can move forward with its plan to sell $1 billion in bonds on Friday as part of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s landmark pension reform passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year, a judge ruled. State District Judge Mark Morefield on Thursday denied a request by former city housing department director James Noteware for a temporary restraining …

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Houston completes $1 billion pension bond sale, despite lawsuit

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivers his annual State of the City address at Marriott Marquis Hotel Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Houston. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle ) The city of Houston completed the sale of $1 billion in voter-approved pension bonds Friday in New York and began delivering the proceeds to its police and municipal pension funds, cementing …

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Former sheriff Adrian Garcia to challenge Jack Morman for Precinct 2 seat

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced Tuesday that he will run for Precinct 2 commissioner against incumbent Jack Morman. In a video posted to Garcia’s Facebook page Tuesday, Garcia touts his credentials as a former member of Houston City Council and as sheriff. He said that during Hurricane Harvey, he saw residents of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds helping …

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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. If finalized, the plan would create a “low-barrier” shelter on a nook of land near …

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Houston completes $1B bond sale, cementing pension reforms

The city of Houston completed the sale of $1 billion in voter-approved pension bonds in New York Friday and began delivering the proceeds to its police and municipal pension funds, cementing the pension reform package that has dominated Mayor Sylvester Turner’s first two years in office. A state district judge ruled Thursday the transaction could proceed despite a last-minute legal …

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Virtuosi of Houston nurtures young musicians

The shopping mall can be one of the most dreaded places to visit during the holiday season as shoppers race about in every direction, weaving between kiosks and through a plethora of crowded stores. Memorial City Mall, however, has a calming room of music tucked down a side hallway near Target. During a recent Thursday, musicians ages 11 to 18, …

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Chris Shepherd to turn Underbelly into steakhouse

Brace yourselves, Houston diners: chef Chris Shepherd has a New Year’s surprise for the city, in the form of a brand-new steakhouse — Georgia James, named after his parents. That’s not the half of it. Shepherd will upend operations at Underbelly, one of the city’s most prominent restaurants, downsizing it and moving it a few blocks up Westheimer to the …

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