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10 Greater Houston area lane closures to be aware of this weekend, Aug. 18-20

By at August 18, 2017 | 11:19 am | 0 Comment

Several lane closures are scheduled to take place this weekend, Aug. 18-20, in and around the Greater Houston Area, according to Houston TranStar. If you are planning to travel this weekend, here are a few lane closures to note: 1. One inside lane of 610 Loop South will be closed westbound from Scott Street to FM 521 Almeda Road until 10 a.m. Aug. 19. The post 10 Greater

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10 things to know about the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

By at August 17, 2017 | 12:43 pm | 0 Comment

The total solar eclipse set to occur Monday will be the last in America until 2024, said Andrew Renshaw, University of Houston assistant physics professor. Find out everything you need to know about the eclipse below and click here for places in Houston to watch the eclipse. Editor’s note: The following interview with Renshaw was edited for length and clarity.  1.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas Central announce joint agreement supporting high-speed rail project

By at August 17, 2017 | 11:33 am | 0 Comment

Development of Texas Central’s high-speed rail route took another step forward Thursday morning as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his support for the project by signing a memorandum of understanding at Houston City Hall. According to a statement from Texas Central, the city of Houston and Texas Central will seek job creation and economic development

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9 places to view the solar eclipse in the Greater Houston area, Aug. 21

By at August 17, 2017 | 10:44 am | 0 Comment

On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will block the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse that will be visible across all of North America. The last total solar eclipse was 38 years ago, and the next one will occur April 8, 2024, according to Space Center Houston. Although the Lone Star State is not directly in the eclipse path from northern Oregon to South Carolina, Texans can

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Gov. Abbott signs bill giving Texas maternal mortality task force more time

By at August 16, 2017 | 4:26 pm | 0 Comment

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Wednesday giving a state task force more time to study why an alarming number of Texas mothers are dying less than a year after childbirth — and how to curb the deaths.  Under Senate Bill 17, the state’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity would continue its work until 2023. The task force, launched by the

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Taco, tequila festival, community events: 5 things to do in Conroe and Montgomery this weekend, Aug. 18-20

By at August 16, 2017 | 3:25 pm | 0 Comment

There is plenty to do in Conroe and Montgomery this weekend, including a Conroe Parks and Recreation events and the Texas Taco, Tequila and Margarita Festival in Conroe. Here is what is going on in the area on Aug. 18-20: 1. Senior Dances Aug. 18 Conroe Parks and Recreation Department hosts its weekly senior dances, where couples and singles age 60 or older gather to

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Budget approval, STAAR results, new school names: 3 things you missed during last night’s Conroe ISD board meeting

By at August 16, 2017 | 11:47 am | 0 Comment

Conroe ISD’s board of trustees approved the FY 2017-18 budget, presented STAAR test results and revealed suggested names for the district’s new intermediate school, set to open in August 2018. 1) Budget approval  During Tuesday’s meeting the board unanimously approved a balanced budget of $473 million, a $25.45 million increase over the $447.58 million

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Live music performances in Montgomery County this week, Aug. 16-20

By at August 16, 2017 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

Check out the line up for live music performances in Montgomery County this week,  Aug. 16-20. The Corner Pub 302 N. Main St., Conroe 936-788-2490 www.thecornerpubinconroe.com Aug. 16 | Dan Smith | 9 p.m. | Free Aug. 18 | The King Bees | 9 p.m. | Free Aug. 19 | Michael Player Band | 9 p.m. | Free The post Live music

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blames House for special session shortcomings, doesn’t rule out second special session

By at August 16, 2017 | 8:57 am | 0 Comment

By Patrick Svitek Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday put blame on the House—particularly Speaker Joe Straus—for the shortcomings of the special session and left the door open to calling another one. The post Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blames House for special session shortcomings, doesn’t rule out second special session appeared first on Community Impact

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Texas Legislature ends special session without passing property tax measure

By at August 16, 2017 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment

BY MORGAN SMITH AND PATRICK SVITEK The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott‘s top priority. Hours earlier, the House abruptly adjourned sine die – the formal designation meaning the end of a session – after advancing a school finance compromise to

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Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years

By at August 16, 2017 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

WOLFFORTH, Texas – As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection

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U.S. Congressman to propose tax reform legislation by end of 2017: 4 takeaways from Rep. Kevin Brady’s legislative update

By at August 15, 2017 | 9:45 pm | 0 Comment

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady aims to propose comprehensive tax reform legislation by the end of 2017. Brady delivered a legislative update to the local community at the April Sound Country Club on Tuesday morning, speaking about topics like revamping the U.S. tax code and the division between Republicans and Democrats on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Here is what you missed

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"Disappointed" House accepts Senate's changes to school finance bill

By at August 15, 2017 | 7:01 pm | 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from House Speaker Joe Straus. After three hours of private negotiations and almost two hours of public debate Tuesday, the Texas House decided to agree with the Senate’s decision to strip funding and reforms from a school finance bill. The House voted 94-46 to accept the Senate’s changes to

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Bill regulating do-not-resuscitate orders heads to governor's desk

By at August 15, 2017 | 6:08 pm | 0 Comment

The Texas Senate on Tuesday evening voted to adopt a House-amended version of Senate Bill 11, which requires doctors to obtain explicit legal permission from patients before issuing do-not-resuscitate orders. The measure has undergone a whirlwind of changes since the Senate first voted to approve it last month — most notably, the addition of legal

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Abbott signs bill restricting insurance coverage of abortion

By at August 15, 2017 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed a bill that will require Texas women to pay an extra health insurance premium for non-emergency abortions, one of three abortion-related items the governor placed on lawmakers’ agendas for the special session.  The measure, House Bill 214, does not include exceptions for instances of fetal abnormalities, rape or

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Texas Central moves toward construction with selecting design-build contractors

By at August 14, 2017 | 2:06 pm | 0 Comment

Texas Central announced an agreement on Monday, Aug. 14, with Fluor Corporation, a global engineering, construction and maintenance firm based in Irving, Texas, and The Lane Construction Corporation, based in Cheshire, Connecticut, according to statements from the three companies. The agreement marks the start of the next phase for the high speed railway. According to

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School starts for Conroe ISD, Willis ISD students: 4 things to know in Conroe and Montgomery this week, Aug. 14-18

By at August 14, 2017 | 12:12 pm | 0 Comment

It is a busy week in the Conroe and Montgomery area, with Conroe ISD and Willis ISD holding board meetings to discuss their respective 2017-18 proposed budgets and tax rates, as well as school beginning for both districts. Here is what you need to know going into the week: Conroe ISD Board of Trustees meets Tuesday The post School starts for Conroe ISD, Willis ISD

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Texas House votes to extend life of maternal mortality task force

By at August 13, 2017 | 9:01 pm | 0 Comment

Legislation that would extend the life of a state task force studying Texas’ high maternal morbidity rates was tentatively approved by the Texas House late Sunday night.  Under Senate Bill 17, the state’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity would continue its work until 2023. The task force, launched by the Legislature in 2013, found that

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Bill adding abortion reporting requirements on path to governor's desk

By at August 11, 2017 | 12:18 pm | 0 Comment

A bill that would require physicians and health care facilities to report more details on abortion complications to the state — and would fine those that do not comply — has now passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature. The measure, which covers one of Gov. Greg Abbott‘s three abortion-related priorities, passed the Senate on a 22-9

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With days left in special session, Senate committee makes major changes to House's school finance bill

By at August 11, 2017 | 10:45 am | 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the Senate Education Committee voting out House Bill 21. The Senate Education Committee voted 9-1 to drastically alter the House’s primary piece of school finance legislation Friday by stripping out $1.5 billion in funding. But with just days left in the special session, the committee’s chairman

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8 lane closures to be aware of in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Aug. 11-13

By at August 11, 2017 | 10:44 am | 0 Comment

Drivers can expect several lane closures throughout the Greater Houston area this weekend, as announced by the Texas Department of Transportation and Harris County Toll Road Authority. 1. The eastbound exit ramp to John F. Kennedy Boulevard is closed on Beltway 8 heading north until 5 a.m Oct. 2. 2. SPUR-5 northbound mainlanes and the connector ramp to I-45 are closed

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Bill requiring separate abortion insurance among those Texas House passed this week

By at August 11, 2017 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

In this week’s Texas Political Roundup: The state’s lawsuit over its new anti-“sanctuary cities” law is no more, but the legal battle over its constitutionality continues. Plus, state lawmakers advance a measure that would require women to have separate insurance coverage for abortions. And mail-in ballot fraud would be a felony if a bill that

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Operating budget, tax rate: 4 things to know from Conroe City Council, Aug. 9-10

By at August 10, 2017 | 7:47 pm | 0 Comment

The Conroe City Council met on Aug. 9 for its regular workshop meeting and again on Aug. 10 to vote on a number of agenda items. Here are the highlights from the meetings: City council hosted a public hearing for its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The council has proposed a $182 million operating budget for fiscal year 2017-18. The budget represents an increase

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11 places to shop for school supplies and clothes during Tax-Free Weekend in Conroe and Montgomery

By at August 10, 2017 | 1:00 pm | 0 Comment

Clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks are exempt from the state sales tax this weekend, allowing shoppers to save eight percent when purchasing those items. Teachers can restock on school supplies and decorations while parents can buy new clothes for the new school year. Here are 11 businesses in Conroe and Montgomery to visit during Tax-Free Weekend.

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