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Mayor Turner Selects New Public Safety Chiefs, Presiding Municipal Court Presiding Judge, Housing Director

In a sweeping announcement, Mayor Sylvester Turner named four new department directors and a reappointment Thursday. Pending City Council confirmation, Art Acevedo of Austin will assume the position of police chief and El Paso’s Samuel Pena will take over the fire department. “Acting Police Chief Martha Montalv...

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City Cleans Up Homeless Encampment

Work Continuing on Comprehensive Homeless Initiative

The Houston Solid Waste Department was out in force again Friday removing trash and debris from the Highway 59 underpass in the Midtown/Museum Park area. All personal items are left alone; only trash is hauled away. Assistance is offered in case any of the homeless desire to seek shelter, but n...

Mayor Turner Responds To HUD Decision on Fountain View Housing Project

City Moving Forward with Expanded Low Income Housing

Mayor Sylvester Turner is in strong disagreement with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development letter of findings regarding the Houston Housing Authority project on Fountain View in the Galleria area. "I have spent my entire career working to improve the lives of the less fortunate,...

LyondellBasell Donation Provides Specialized Training for Houston Fire Department and Other Local Fire Departments

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors during a press conference, today, January 13, 2017. ...

Dowling Street Renamed to Emancipation Avenue

Houston Council has voted to rename the entirety of Houston’s Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue to align the street name, which serves as the front door to Emancipation Park, with the name of the park itself. The action brings Emancipation Park in line with Houston’s other signature parks, H...

Mayor Turner SWATS Down Flooding with new Strike Team

In a move that represents a major shift in the City’s approach to improving drainage and mitigating flooding, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced formation of the Storm Water Action Team. The SWAT will work proactively to reduce drainage problems that are not directly attributed to overflow from th...

City of Houston's Public Works & Engineering and BARC Animal Shelter Join Forces to Save Dog's Life

City employees jump into action after finding a dog trapped in a sewer manhole

HOUSTON- A 3-year-old dog was rescued by City of Houston employees after surviving a 20 foot fall and possibly several days at the bottom of a sanitary sewer manhole. A contractor for the City notified the Department of Public Works & Engineering (PWE)

Are You Houston’s Next Poet Laureate?

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Public Library (HPL) Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson announce that the City of Houston is seeking its next Poet Laureate. The Houston Poet Laureate Program celebrates Houston’s rich culture and diversity by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, progr...

Jargon Banned: Symposium to present Houston’s latest HIV research in way everyone can understand

Houston experts will present the latest local HIV research findings in an easy-to-understand format at a free symposium targeting community leaders, organizations, health professionals, planning groups and the general public. The Houston Health Department (HHD) and Baylor College of Medicine (...

Updated TSA checkpoint tracking part of airports’ enhanced digital toolbox

HOUSTON — The Houston Airport System has dramatically expanded its tracking capabilities for wait times at security checkpoints, now offering near real-time data on its website for all eight security locations found at George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby Airports. The fly2houston...

The Houston Fire Department Urges Citizens to use Safety when using Heating Devices

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are warning of winter weather throughout the region over the next few days. The Houston Fire Department urges citizens to be careful and follow some simple safety tips when using space heaters, fireplaces...

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December 30, 2016

Update:House Fire in Northwest Houston

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December 30, 2016

House Fire in Northwest Houston

Two Fatalities Reported

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December 26, 2016

2-11 SE Houston Warehouse fire

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