Emotionally drained, financially strapped: How Texas teachers weathered the school year after Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON — On a bright Thursday in April, in Alief Independent School District’s Mata Intermediate School, sixth-grade teacher Justin Williams walked to his classroom door from the hallway and crooked a finger, beckoning a gangly 13-year-old to come outside. A teacher had caught Mekhi Coleman goofing around with another student, the two playfully kicking each other when they were supposed to be quietly marching to their next class. Williams stood close to Mekhi. “Tell me what happened.” “We were just joking around. We weren’t trying to hurt each other,” Mekhi said softly. “How can we fix it?” Williams asked, prompting Mekhi to think of an appropriate consequence. The 26-year-old social… Read More

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Hurricane Harvey has increased homelessness in Houston

Last August, Hurricane Harvey set records as the costliest hurricane in history and the wettest tropical cyclone ever in the U.S. The storm displaced more than 30,000 people, many of whom are still struggling to recover in the aftermath. A new report from The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County documents the notable increase in homelessness since the devastating hurricane. The results of the Coalition’s Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Survey, which occurred from January 23 to 25 of this year, were released during a “State of Homelessness” panel discussion at the Junior League in downtown Houston on May 23. More than 4,100 people were surveyed to gather data for… Read More

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Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Market Is Expected to Touch US $180 Billion by 2020

This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire Houston, TX — (SBWIRE) — 05/21/2018 — The real estate and rental and leasing sector is part of the financial activities supersector. The Real Estate and Rental and Leasing sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in renting, leasing, or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and establishments providing related services. Some Of The Key Vendors In The Real Estate Business are Central General Development CO., Ltd., Equity Residential, Grainger Plc, Dalian Wanda Group, LeadingRE, Aston Pearl Real Estate and other smaller companies dealing in urban and sub urban areas of megacities and possess huge market caps in terms of business.… Read More

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Investors snap up Harvey-flooded homes

Investors large and small are snapping up thousands of properties flooded by Hurricane Harvey. From billion-dollar Wall Street funds to mom-and-pop flippers, they’ve already purchased at least 5,500 flooded homes, often for dimes on the dollar. In the process, they are transforming some Houston neighborhoods into block after block of rentals. They’re interrupting county plans to buy out flood-prone properties. And they’re leaning on the taxpayer-funded National Flood Insurance Program to protect them from future floods. "All we’re doing is perpetuating a cycle of flooding," said Harris County Flood Control District operations chief Matt Zeve. Small and mid-sized private companies have dominated the post-Harvey market so far, some sending in… Read More

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TX: Necropsy Confirms That Puppy Suffocated on United Flight from Houston

May 03–The death of a 10-month-old puppy on a United Airlines flight March 12 was caused by suffocation, according to a new report. The cause of death was detailed in a necropsy from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., ABC 7 reported. The death of the frenchie, Kokito, captured headlines around the globe after its owner was told by a flight attendant at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport to put the dog and its carrier in an overhead bin. By the time the plane landed at New York’s LaGuardia, the puppy was dead. "He was smart, intelligent," owner 11-year-old Sophia Ceballos told ABC 7. "He was one of a kind." The airline… Read More

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City says housing development in west Houston meets new floodplain standards

HOUSTON – The Houston City Council unanimously backed a plan Thursday to build hundreds of homes in a west Houston floodplain. The decision comes after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said developers met and exceeded new, stricter flood development standards. The homes will be built on the site of the former Pine Crest Golf Course near Gessner and Clay roads. Houston City Council approves 500-year floodplain regulation Residents who live downstream are not happy about the decision, saying they’re worried they could suffer more flooding. On Wednesday, Houston City Council approved a measure regarding funding that would make it easier for developers to build roughly 900 homes. "If you meet the… Read More

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George H.W. Bush Falls Seriously Ill; Hospitalized In Houston

HOUSTON, TX — Former president George H.W. Bush was admitted to Harris Methodist Hospital on Sunday after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, per a statement from his office Monday afternoon. The statement went on to say the 41st president is responding to treatments and he appears to be recovering. His wife of 73 years, Barbara Pierce Bush, died last Tuesday at her River Oaks home. A service was held for her on Saturday, and she was laid to rest at the Bush Library and Museum in College Station Saturday afternoon. Patch will update this story as more details emerge. Related Stories Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Dies… Read More

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Houston Manufacturing Jobs: 781 Openings

HOUSTON, TX — If you’re looking for a job, there are hiring managers in Houston who want to hear from you. There are nearly 800 manufacturing jobs in the Houston area that need to be filled this week, and you can see them all in the Houston Patch Jobs Guide from our friends at ziprecruiter.com. Pacific Technical Resources, LLC Houston, TX, USA IT/Engineering Recruitment Professionals "Helping to build Great Companies and Great Lives" Outstanding direct hire career opportunity for Composite Aerospace Manufacturing Manager with Active Secret … Manufacturing experience required ADDITIONAL: * Minimal travel required * Ability to work additional hours as needed Company Description For over 10 decades, The… Read More

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Hiring 534 Mechanics In Houston

HOUSTON, TX — If you’re good with your hands and know your way around an enine, there are companies in the Houston area who want to speak with you. Hiring managers are looking to fill 534 mechanical jobs this week, and you can find them all in ziprecruiter.com and the Houston Patch Jobs Guide. Large Truck Service and Repair Facility located in Hempstead Tx just North of Tomball is seeking experienced Diesel Mechanics and Forklift Mechanics to join our team of valuable employees. If you … We are in DIRE need of a maintenance mechanic to join the team – DIRECT HIRE! First shift position $16-$20/hour With HEAVY manufacturing maintenance… Read More

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Husch Blackwell Announces Major Expansion in Texas; Adds 14 Lawyers to Offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston

Kansas City, Mo., April 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce the firm has added 14 Texas-based lawyers—including eight partners—to its offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston. The group represents a major expansion of the firm’s capabilities in the Texas legal market, particularly in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, eminent domain, government affairs, and governmental disputes. Husch Blackwell’s national insurance coverage and litigation team is now expanded to include partners Scott L. Davis, David H. Timmins and Jason Heep, as well as Eric Levy, who joins the firm as senior counsel. All four lawyers will practice in the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets… Read More

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