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05/27/2015Flash Floods Inundate Central Texas History

May 27--Nowadays, Central Texans tend to associate deadly natural disasters with holidays. The Halloween floods on Onion Creek in 2013. The Labor Day wildfires, especially in the Bastrop area, in 2011. The devastating Memorial Day floods in 1981. Powerful tornadoes, too, ripped through Jarrell on May 27, 1997, the day after Memorial Day. This vexatious connection is likely to continue after ...
05/27/2015Tornado Confirmed in Bastrop, Texas; TxDOT Road Crews Begin Repairs

May 27--CEDAR CREEK National Weather Service confirms tornado The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Bastrop County on Memorial Day. The Cedar Creek tornado touched down at 4:24 p.m. Monday and lasted roughly nine minutes, reaching estimated peak winds of 105 miles per hour. It cut a three-mile path, roughly a quarter-mile wide, and left one person critically ...
05/27/2015Worries Ease as Texas Dam Holds Up Despite Heavy Rains

May 27--Montgomery County residents heaved a collective sigh Tuesday when protective measures taken to fortify the Lewis Creek dam -- weakened by persistent rainfall near Lake Conroe -- prevented the dam from failing. Some 407 homes and 32 businesses in a four-square-mile area near Willis were evacuated when inspectors first noticed soil was sloughing off the rain-saturated earthen dam on ...
05/26/2015Texas Flooding Overwhelms Popular Region

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running. The fate of those who were inside the home was still unclear Tuesday. Recovery teams were to resume looking for as many as a ...
05/26/2015Rescue of Historic Galveston Building Provides Art Center a Home

May 26--GALVESTON -- Time was when the First National Bank did business at the heart of a booming center of trade and finance that earned Galveston the nickname the "Wall Street of the West." Tiles for the sidewalk were imported from Great Britain and its facade of cast-iron Corinthian columns followed the latest European architectural fashion. The building sat vacant and declined after the ...
05/23/2015Texas Lawmakers Work on Deal for $3B for College Construction Projects

May 23--Nothing is guaranteed in the Texas Legislature -- except that the clock runs out on the session at midnight on June 1 and thousands of bills will die. But lawmakers scrambling to pass a $3 billion bond package that includes $540 million for higher education facilities in North Texas believe they have enough time and enough support to pass the measure. "It's going to pass," said state ...
05/21/2015Fort Worth Councilman Wants Housing For Homeless Throughout City

May 21--Having official guidelines for permanent supportive housing for the homeless -- which is intended to get the hardest-to-house, chronically homeless people off the streets -- should help City Council members resist "not in my backyard" opposition from residents, officials said Tuesday. Councilman Danny Scarth, who lost his bid for re-election on May 9, urged council members not to cave ...
05/21/2015Texas Waits While Congress Stalls on Highway Funding

With federal highway dollars set to run out at the end of this month, threatening the summer road-work season in Texas and across the nation, Congress decided this week to take a familiar exit: It extended the money for two months and postponed the problem until the end of July. The temporary patch, which is expected to get final Senate approval later this week, would forestall a threatened ...
05/19/2015Irving, Texas, Quakes Likely Due to Fault Lines, Geologist Says

May 19--The frequent but mild earthquakes giving shivers to the Irving area -- but not other areas in North Texas -- likely should be blamed on geologic fault lines rather than gas drilling practices, a geologist said Tuesday. "Based on known geology and known science, the most likely explanation is that it's occurring in a known faulted zone of an old buried mountain range," Craig Pollard, ...
05/19/2015Texas Contractor Alleging Bribery Against Ex-HISD Trustee Wins Appeal

May 19--A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the civil lawsuit accusing former Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall of bribery can proceed, although the school district, as a government entity, is exempt from the case. The opinion re-opens the high-profile case against Marshall; his longtime business partner and political campaign treasurer, Joyce Moss-Clay; and two construction companies, ...
05/19/2015Agreement Could Spur New Houston Transit Funding

May 19--As part of a broad agreement to pursue transit projects with Metro and ease a long-simmering dispute over a planned rail line, U.S. Rep. John Culberson said Monday he will push for $300 million in federal funds, in part to expand and update the transit agency's bus fleet. Culberson, a Republican from Houston, has long hindered the Metropolitan Transit Authority's federal funding ...
05/18/2015Texas Gov. Signs Fracking Bill

May 18--Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he will sign into law a bill that reasserts the state's control over oil and gas drilling and prohibits cities from banning hydraulic fracturing, giving them only limited control over the oil and gas process within their city limits. Abbott will sign the bill two days after he appeared at commencement services in Denton at the University of ...
05/17/2015Texas Lakes Are Full, But Excess Water Adds to Road Repairs

May 17--Potholes, sinkholes and washouts are popping up all over East Texas, and the reason is simple -- water causes erosion. According to the National Weather Service, the Tyler area has received 27.27 inches of rain since Jan. 1. Tyler is 8.34 inches above its average rainfall count for this time of year, 18.93 inches. The excess groundwater has filled lakes, streams and softened ground ...
05/16/2015Lawsuit Against Planned Houston-area Senior Facility Withdrawn by Neighbors

May 16--High-rise condominium owners in the River Oaks area will not attempt to stop the senior living facility planned on the site between their buildings before construction begins, attorneys for both sides acknowledged. Luxury condo owners who live near River Oaks Shopping Center in the high-end Gotham Lofts and Renoir Lofts had complained that the planned midrise facility by Houston-based ...
05/16/2015Tower to Bring Luxury Condos to Houston Area's The Woodlands

May 16--A 23-story residential tower with 84 high-end condominiums is being developed in The Woodlands, the planned community north of Houston that has grown more upscale over the years. The Woodlands Development Co., a subsidiary of Dallas-based Howard Hughes Corp., said the new building will be the area's first high-rise project of its kind. "There has been a great demand escalating for ...
05/14/2015Preservation Still a Concern in Fort Worth Stockyards Development

May 14--Some people attending a public meeting Wednesday night regarding the establishment of a design overlay district for the Stockyards and adjacent properties expressed interest in having more control and oversight about what's built and developed there. The meeting was one in a series scheduled by consultants to get input from the public, property and business owners and other interested ...
05/12/2015Construction Begins on $244M Revamp at Houston's Bush Intercontinental

May 12--Construction kicked off Monday on the rebuilding of Terminal C North at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston Airport System, United Airlines and city leaders held a ceremony to mark the start of the $244 million project, will create a 265,000-square-foot facility that is more than 100,000 square feet larger than the existing Terminal C North. The new space, paid for by United, ...
05/11/2015Texas's Montgomery County Heads Back to Drawing Board on Road Bond

May 11--Montgomery County officials must now decide whether to retool a controversial road bond measure that voters in The Woodlands rallied against in record numbers Saturday, after raising concerns that construction would increase traffic in their affluent suburb, among other issues. The $350 million bond measure to improve and expand roadways served as a lightning rod in and around The ...
05/10/2015Texas's Bullard School Bond Passes, Chapel Hill Nixes Third Straight Bond

May 10--For the third time in three years, Chapel Hill voters rejected a school bond, while voters in Bullard overwhelmingly supported a multi-million bond funding sweeping renovations and additions in the fast-growing district. Complete but unofficial results Saturday night showed voters rejected the $45 million Chapel Hill Independent School District bond by 41 votes. There were 544 votes, ...
05/09/2015Bill Would Cut Houston Disaster Rebuilding From Years to Months

May 09--GALVESTON -- Seven years after Hurricane Ike trashed thousands of houses in the Houston area rebuilding efforts are still under way and several projects won't be completed until next year. However, when disaster strikes again on the Texas coast the rebuilding process could be cut from years to months under a bill awaiting a vote in the Texas Senate. Senate Bill 1376, introduced by Sen. ...
05/08/2015Lawmaker Wants to Speed Up Funding for Texas Earthquake Study

May 08--Following the strongest recorded earthquake ever in North Texas, a key state lawmaker wants to speed up approval of $4.4 million for new seismology equipment and a statewide study to help determine why the ground is shaking. State Rep. Drew Darby, chairman of the powerful House Energy Resources Committee, said Friday that he is rewriting a proposed budget appropriation to spend $2.47 ...
05/08/2015Houston Midtown Project to Combine Whole Foods, Luxury Apartments

May 08--A new Whole Foods in Midtown will be the centerpiece of a posh real estate development with more than 200 high-end apartments on a prime urban site between downtown and Montrose. The ambitious project, planned at a time when the local economy has started to slow, will be developed by Houston-based Morgan, which has built other upscale apartment complexes in Midtown, elsewhere in ...
05/08/2015Makeover Planned for Houston's I-45 South

May 08--While the recently unveiled, $6 billion plan to remake Interstate 45 from downtown Houston northwards is historic in scale and will reshape the heart of the city, a smaller project is taking shape on the freeway's southern reaches that should offer immediate relief to suburban commuters and frustrated beach-goers heading to Galveston. The same rapid population growth that led to ...
05/06/2015Illegal Casino Site Makes Historic Fort Worth's Endangered Places List

May 06--Top O'Hill Terrace, the underground illegal gambling operation in Arlington that was closed down in the 1940s, has been named to Historic Fort Worth's 2015 Most Endangered Places list. The property, at 3001 W. Division St., made the list for the first time. So did the former Meissner-Brown Funeral Home at 2717 Avenue B in Fort Worth's Polytechnic neighborhood, and Barron Field, at 1180 ...
05/06/2015Fort Worth's Costs to Get Rid of 'Sewage Sludge' Mounting

May 06--The cost to fix Fort Worth's smelly "sewage sludge" program keeps growing as the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an additional payment of $21.9 million over five years to the contractor that deals with the waste. The council also approved extending the contract with Renda Environmental until March 2020. Renda processes and delivers the sewage sludge to eager farmers ...

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