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High-speed train to connect Houston, Dallas

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High-speed train to connect Houston, Dallas

- Calling a planned high-speed rail connection to Dallas “an idea whose time has come,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an agreement this week with the bullet train’s backers that both sides said is the first of many steps to making the trip a reality. “This is the starting point to begin the process of definitive agreements,” Turner said, underscoring that the agreement between Houston and Texas Central Partners commits both to cooperate on a project each wants built
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Man rams Houston police officer's car, faces aggravated assault charges

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Man rams Houston police officer's car, faces aggravated assault charges

- A man is behind bars after ramming his car early Friday into a patrol vehicle in northeast Houston. Officers first saw the man about 2 a.m., speeding out of a neighborhood known to have a lot of crime, said Capt. Megan Howard with the Houston Police Department. Police tried to pull him over for speeding, but the man refused to stop
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NASA official with Houston ties gets nod for UNT chancellor

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NASA official with Houston ties gets nod for UNT chancellor

- A top NASA official who spent time at Houston's Johnson Space Center has been named the sole finalist for chancellor of the University of North Texas System. Lesa Roe, the space agency's acting deputy administrator, led International Space Center research programs while in Houston. The 54-year-old will become the first woman to lead the UNT System. Trained as an electrical engineer, she will oversee more than 10,000 employees and a system that includes campuses in Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth
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Houston clinic owner gets 40-year term for brazen $17 million Medicare fraud scheme

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Houston clinic owner gets 40-year term for brazen $17 million Medicare fraud scheme

- The owner of a string of Houston home health care clinics was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Thursday for a brazen scheme that involved more than $17 million in fraudulent Medicaid and Medicare billing. "I'm not here to pass the buck," Godwin Oriakhi, who ran the five clinics, told U.S. District Judge Sim Lake before sentencing, but added, "I never set out in any way to defraud the government
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Carly Rae Jepsen to open Katy Perry's Houston show

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Carly Rae Jepsen to open Katy Perry's Houston show

- Get ready for a pop-stravaganza. Carly Rae Jepsen has been announced as the opener for Katy Perry's . Tickets are already on sale. Jepsen is best known for the worldwide hit "Call Me Maybe," which topped the U.S. charts for nine weeks in 2012 and was that year's best-selling single worldwide. Her recent work hasn't been as commercially successful but has established her as a critical darling and queen of sorts for fans of smart pop anthems
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Houston man sentenced to life in prison for robbery

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Houston man sentenced to life in prison for robbery

- Published 10:59 am, Thursday, August 17, 2017 A Houston man accused of attacking a woman at a Kemah Wal-Mart in 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison for robbery. Harold Cohen, 51, approached a 24-year-old woman who was loading groceries into her car and asked for for a ride and to use her phone, the Kemah Police Department said in a press release
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Country pop star Shania Twain sets Houston date

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Country pop star Shania Twain sets Houston date

- Shania Twain, one of the best-selling artists of all time, is back to reclaim her throne. The country superstar performs June 9 at Toyota Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 via the . Expect a quick sell out. Twain became a country and pop superstar on the strength of three albums: "The Woman in Me," "Come on Over" and "Up
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See how Houston ISD schools have transformed after the 2012 Bond projects

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See how Houston ISD schools have transformed after the 2012 Bond projects

- Also, check out the new photos of the completed schools. Published 10:35 am, Thursday, August 17, 2017 With a $1.89 billion price tag, the Houston Independent School District's 2012 Bond Program is lofty. Now five years after the amount was approved, nearly half of the construction projects are set to be completed by the end of this month. "All but one of our projects have finalized construction documents, and by the end of this summer we'll be at roughly 50 percent completion," HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said earlier in August
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17-year-old shot in leg at apartment complex in Houston's Sunnyside

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17-year-old shot in leg at apartment complex in Houston's Sunnyside

- A 17-year-old boy is injured after reported gunfire at a Sunnyside apartment complex. Police went to the Sunflower Terrace Apartments off of Bellfort at about 9 p.m. Wednesday after getting reports of a shooting, said Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department. Officers found the teenager with a gunshot wound in his leg. The teen - who police did not identify - did not immediately tell officers who had shot him or where the gunfire took place, Crowson said
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Gunfire breaks out during basketball game at northeast Houston park

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Gunfire breaks out during basketball game at northeast Houston park

- A basketball game at a northeast Houston park turned violent late Wednesday with a shootout. The chaos started about 11 p.m., when a handful of people betting on a neighborhood basketball game got into an argument, said Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department. Several people started shooting, attracting the attention of nearby police officers. The officers arrived at Patrick Milton Park, in the 6100 block of Jensen, where they spotted one shooter trying to drive away from the park, Crowson said
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Houston districts with most top-ranked schools in 2017

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Houston districts with most top-ranked schools in 2017

- About 100 Houston-area schools were recognized this week for achieving all possible "campus of distinction" designations, which denote high achievement compared to campuses of similar size and demographics. The designations recognize achievement in four core subjects: math, science, social students and language arts/reading. They also denote schools that rank in the top 25 percent of similar schools on three measures: student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness
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Lone Star Flight Museum planes fly from Galveston to Houston

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Lone Star Flight Museum planes fly from Galveston to Houston

- GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Some vintage military aircraft have been flown from a now-closed Southeast Texas museum to their new home in Houston. Lone Star Flight Museum spokeswoman Katie Jackman said Wednesday that the planes are being prepped for the Sept. 2 reopening at Ellington Airport. Volunteers on Tuesday flew a dozen planes, including a B-17 bomber, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to Houston
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Savage is Houston’s starting QB, but Watson impressing early

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Savage is Houston’s starting QB, but Watson impressing early

- By KRISTIE RIEKEN Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Tom Savage is Houston’s starting quarterback for now, but coach Bill O’Brien is keeping a keen eye on rookie Deshaun Watson, charting his progress as the Texans prepare for their season opener. When the Texans traded up 13 picks to take Watson 12th overall in this year’s draft many assumed that the Clemson standout would immediately move into the starting role
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Mom charged with child abandonment after newborn baby found outside, covered in ants

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Mom charged with child abandonment after newborn baby found outside, covered in ants

- HARRIS COUNTY, Texas The Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department charged a woman accused of leaving her newborn baby girl in the bushes of her apartment complex with child abandonment on Monday, KHOU reports. Woytasczyk reportedly told police she didn’t know she was pregnant and was afraid before she gave birth, but police are not buying her story: “We believe that she was trying to hide the fact that she was pregnant and gave birth from her boyfriend,” Sgt
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Houston school districts with the most experienced teachers

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Houston school districts with the most experienced teachers

- It's no surprise that schools with the best teachers tend to have some of the highest performing students. Nearly everyone has had a teacher who pushed them to do better, which is why sending a child to a district with a reputation for good teachers is an important advantage. Data acquired by the Texas Tribune's Public Schools Explorer can give an in-depth view of the tenure of teachers in Houston school districts as well as individual campuses
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The most distinguished public schools in Houston's suburbs, according to Texas education officials

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The most distinguished public schools in Houston's suburbs, according to Texas education officials

- Updated 6:59 pm, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Hundreds of schools across the state recently earned bragging rights. On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency released a list of the best performing campuses in the state for the 2017 school year. Each year, the TEA compiles a list of schools that aced the agency's "accountability ratings," or school report card. Schools can land on the list of distinguished campuses by earning seven "distinctions," like academic achievement in mathematics
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Mother charged after newborn left in Houston flower bed

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Mother charged after newborn left in Houston flower bed

- =auto” width=”640″ height=”395″ frameborder=”0″] HOUSTON – A Houston-area woman has been charged with felony child abandonment after officials say her newborn daughter was found covered with ants in an apartment complex flower bed. Harris County jail records show 21-year-old Sidney Woytasczyk of Spring was being held Tuesday on $20,000 bond. Online records don’t list an attorney to speak for Woytasczyk, whose initial court appearance was Monday
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Politics & Government

  • Obama commuted her sentence. Less than a year later, she's going back to prison
    Obama commuted her sentence. Less than a year later, she's going back to prison

    , newsobserver.com

    A Houston-area woman who was given a second chance at freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016 has been ordered to return to federal prison after violating the terms of her supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas said Thursday. Texas City resident Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was originally convicted in 2006 for "conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine as well as two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base
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Sports

  • Super Bowl’s Half-Time Performance: Lady Gaga Makes It Risky
    Super Bowl’s Half-Time Performance: Lady Gaga Makes It Risky

    , inquisitr.com

    The most important event in the American world of sport — the Super Bowl — is set to happen on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It has already been announced that during the half-time break, Lady Gaga will be the main star, joining many acclaimed singers, who previously performed during the show, including Beyonce, Prince, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, and many others. She already made clear that
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Business

  • Dog-walking app now offers service in Houston area
    Dog-walking app now offers service in Houston area

    , chron.com

    An on-demand dog-walking service through an app called Wag in now available in Houston and other metro areas after a successful run in Los Angeles and New York. Dog owners can schedule a 20-, 30-, or 60-minute walk through the app and can track the walk on their phones. Vetted walkers who are insured and bonded are available 24 hours a day
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Health

  • UH researchers are developing tiny robot surgeons for your veins
    UH researchers are developing tiny robot surgeons for your veins

    , chron.com

    Published 5:06 pm, Thursday, March 9, 2017 Being opened up for surgery is sometimes necessary for survival, but invasive surgery can occasionally lead to complications and a slower healing rate. This is a part of the motivation of researchers at the University of Houston and the Houston Methodist Hospital as they work on developing millimeter-sized robots to travel the body's venous system as they deliver drugs or a self-assembled interventional tool, according to a press release from UH
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Family & Parenting

  • Mother charged after newborn left in Houston flower bed
    Mother charged after newborn left in Houston flower bed

    , kfor.com

    =auto” width=”640″ height=”395″ frameborder=”0″] HOUSTON – A Houston-area woman has been charged with felony child abandonment after officials say her newborn daughter was found covered with ants in an apartment complex flower bed. Harris County jail records show 21-year-old Sidney Woytasczyk of Spring was being held Tuesday on $20,000 bond. Online records don’t list an attorney to speak for Woytasczyk, whose initial court appearance was Monday
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Society & Culture

  • Wrong-way driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in crash that killed coach
    Wrong-way driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in crash that killed coach

    , chron.com

    A Houston man faces 20 years in prison after being charged with intoxication manslaughter and assault, accused of drunkenly causing a wrong-way crash early Sunday morning. Gerardo Gonzalez Luna, 51, remains in the hospital after a crash on the west Sam Houston about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Luna had a blood alcohol level of .284, more than three times the legal limit, said Sean Teare, the vehicular crimes chief of the Harris County District Attorney's office
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and fiance Bryan Abasolo hang out with family in Houston
    Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and fiance Bryan Abasolo hang out with family in Houston

    , chron.com

    Published 8:43 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017 After celebrating their engagement in Dallas, the former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsey and her now fiance, Bryan Abasolo, made their way to Houston for more fun. The couple came to visit some of Lindsay's family in the Bayou City, and from the looks of it, they had a great time. The Dallas attorney shared a post on her Instagram where the two are seeing getting cuddly and laughing among several family members
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Education

  • These Houston-area high schools produced celebrities
    These Houston-area high schools produced celebrities

    , chron.com

    As Houston-area kids get ready to go back to school this month, some of them may end up walking down the same halls as some pretty big celebrities. Houston-area high schools have already produced an impressive pool of locally-raised talent, from Grammy-winning musicians to movie stars and top athletes. Maybe it was always clear that these former students would become superstars, or maybe it was a big surprise to their friends and family
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Travel & Recreation

  • Lone Star Flight Museum planes fly from Galveston to Houston
    Lone Star Flight Museum planes fly from Galveston to Houston

    , siouxcityjournal.com

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Some vintage military aircraft have been flown from a now-closed Southeast Texas museum to their new home in Houston. Lone Star Flight Museum spokeswoman Katie Jackman said Wednesday that the planes are being prepped for the Sept. 2 reopening at Ellington Airport. Volunteers on Tuesday flew a dozen planes, including a B-17 bomber, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to Houston
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Life & Style

  • Saint Arnold offering beer fest couples a special honeymoon experience in Houston
    Saint Arnold offering beer fest couples a special honeymoon experience in Houston

    , chron.com

    Published 2:56 pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Weddings and honeymoons aren’t cheap, but the men and women at Houston’s oldest craft brewery Saint Arnold want to try and help beer-loving Americans cover the costs of getting hitched. At the Big Texas Beer Fest on March 31 to April 1 in Dallas, Saint Arnold is offering to legally marry people and even provide a two-day honeymoon down in Houston. Is this
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Real Estate

  • Houston's luxury real estate market rises for 9th straight month, while prices ease
    Houston's luxury real estate market rises for 9th straight month, while prices ease

    , chron.com

    Updated 4:11 pm, Wednesday, August 9, 2017 High-end home sales were up nearly 20 percent in July, the ninth straight increase in sales of single-family properties that went for least $750,000, new housing data show. Sales were up across most price points last month, as real estate agents sold 5 percent more homes than they did last July, according to a monthly report from the Houston Association of Realtors
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