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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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Harris County OKs stricter development rules aimed at reducing flooding

Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved new, tougher regulations for flood-plain development Tuesday, including a requirement that some new homes use pier-and-beam construction and that they be built to withstand high winds. The new rules come more than three months after Harvey covered much of the county in record-breaking rainfall, in some areas more than 51 inches over the course …

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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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Lawmakers: State budget hit from Harvey could be billions

AUSTIN — Senate leaders warned Tuesday that Hurricane Harvey could put a billion-dollar hole in Texas’ budget, a growing number that could affect how much money is available for other state programs. “Our state costs are escalating,” Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, told her committee at a public hearing on the status of hurricane-recovery efforts. “We need …

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Harvey’s health toll only now starting to be realized

Three months after Hurricane Harvey, local health officials now are beginning to see the storm after the storm. In Harris County and the other hardest-hit regions of Texas, 17 percent of those who had houses damaged or suffered income loss report that someone in their household has a new or worsening health condition. A sweeping new survey by the Kaiser …

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Harris County toughens regulations on construction after Hurricane Harvey, including higher builds

The Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to make significant changes to the way the county regulates new development, including a slew of new restrictions in Hurricane Harvey’s wake that officials say are necessary to prepare the Houston area for future flooding events. The regulations will, for the first time in two decades, increase the amount new homes …

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