Open Heart

Traveling Exhibit Increasing Adoption Percentages Comes to Bayou City

In tandem with National Adoption Month, the Heart Gallery is helping children find forever families for the holidays.

11/17/2021 By Craig Hayes Edited by Shelby Stewart

Vax for cash

Harris County Offers $100 Incentive for Residents to Get Vaccinated

Lasting until the end of the month.

08/25/2021 By Shelby Stewart

Uh oh 

What Happened at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown This Weekend? 

A chemical leak sickened dozens of park goers July 17. 

07/20/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

It’s all about the taxes

The Legal Logistics of Eloping

A quick guide to all of the paperwork behind your “quickie” wedding ceremony. 

06/22/2021 By Sydney Davis

Mask Up, Wash Up, Stay Apart

Here's What We Know about the New Covid-19 Variant Cases in Houston

The Houston Health Department has confirmed three new cases.

02/08/2021 By Dianna Wray

Voting Superhero

Meet County Clerk Chris Hollins, the Man Fighting for Your Right to Vote

Through his ambitious efforts to expand voter access, he helped Harris County cast an unprecedented 1.44 million ballots during early voting.

11/03/2020 By Emma Schkloven

2020 Election

Congrats, Houston! We Keep Breaking Harris County Voting Records

Millions, literal millions, of Texans have voted.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

All Politics is Local

A Simple Twist of Fate Brought Ed Emmett to the Bayou City

The former county judge found Houston and never looked back.

10/13/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

Sign of the Times

Face Masks Complicate Communication for Houston’s Deaf Community

It’s also putting unwanted attention on the Bayou City’s ASL interpreters.

05/07/2020 By Emma Schkloven

News

New Data Shows Promising Decline in Greater Houston Homelessness

Homelessness in the greater Houston area is on the decline, according to the recently published 2019 Homeless Count & Survey coordinated by Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless.

05/17/2019 By Schaefer Edwards

Stormy Weather

Shaken by Tuesday's Floods, Houstonians Brace for More Bad Weather

Forecasts for heavy rain in the greater Houston area extend through Saturday.

05/09/2019 By Dianna Wray

Smoke gets in your eyes. Benzene gets everywhere.

The ITC Deer Park Fire Is Out, But Now There's Benzene in the Air

Levels of this known carcinogen have spiked, prompting a shelter-in-place for Deer Park and Galena Park.

03/21/2019 By Dianna Wray

Burning questions, answered

What We Know About the Health Effects of the ITC Deer Park Fire

Officials say that Houston air is still okay to breathe.

03/19/2019 By Dianna Wray

Curtain Call

This Month, Remember the Unsung Shakespearean Greats

African American History Month at Harris County Public Libraries celebrate the community's contribution to American life, from Shakespeare to jazz and beyond.

02/14/2019 By Holly Beretto

Midterms 2018

The Houstonian's Guide to Last-Minute Election Day Details

What you need to know before you hit the polls on Tuesday.

11/05/2018 By Dianna Wray

Medicine

Houston Has a Worryingly High Vaccination Opt-Out Rate

Of 15 U.S. counties who clocked in with large numbers of unvaccinated kindergarteners, Harris County ranked seventh.

07/04/2018 By Cicely Rubottom

Herstory

100 Years Ago, Women in Harris County Were Granted the Right to Vote

Thanks to Hortense Sparks Ward's tireless fight for women's suffrage.

05/29/2018 By Abby Ledoux

News

Meet the Harris County Judge Who Wants to Abolish Our Cash-Bail System

Darrell Jordan says he’s simply following the law when he releases defendants who can’t pay bail.

08/21/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

FINALLY

The Astrodome Gets Its Landmark Status from the Texas Historical Commission

No significant alterations can be made—including demolition—without permission from the state.

01/27/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

News

Finding a Path Forward After Aging Out of Foster Care

Judge Katrina Griffith is trying to give kids aging out of the Texas foster care system a chance for independence.

01/23/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian