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Daily International Air Service Returns to Hobby Airport

HOUSTON — A new international concourse opened its doors today at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston, Texas, ushering in the return of daily international air service for the popular airport facility and its 12 million annual passengers. Hundreds of guests in the new concourse celebrated the operational su...

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City of Houston Begins Trash Roundup to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds

Effective Saturday, February 13, 2016, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will begin a comprehensive Citywide cleanup of illegal dump sites and collection of heavy trash to help reduce mosquito breeding sites and combat the spread of the Zika Virus. The special collection swe...

City Airport Bonds Upgraded/Utility System Bond Refi Saves Millions

Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services has upgraded its bond rating for the Houston Airport System (HAS) from ‘A’ to ‘A+’ with a stable outlook. The rating agency also affirmed its ‘AA-’ long-term rating on the airport system’s subordinate-lien bonds and its ‘AAA/A-2’ ratings on the system’s exist...

Department of Neighborhoods Announces ASL Tax Prep Help for People with Hearing Disabilities

The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Centers Inc. Free Tax Preparation Program announce the availability of American Sign Language interpreting services for people with hearing disabilities that need help with the preparation of tax returns. Nightingale Interpretin...

HPD Unveils Two New Crime Maps, Stats Functions

In response to updated technology and new mapping tools, the Houston Police Department has two new crime mapping functions now available on the HPD website. "We wanted to be transparent and get the information out there as soon as possible," stated HPD Captain Wyatt Martin. "Through the benef...

Mayor’s Youth Council New Members Take the Oath of Office

Council Serves as Voice for Houston’s Youth in City Government Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner administered the oath of office to 64 newly-named members of the Mayor’s Youth Council during an inauguration ceremony held in the City Hall Council chambers yesterday. The program featured congratul...

Houston Airports Set New Passenger Marks

HOUSTON — The Houston Airport System’s streak of record-setting passenger totals continued in 2015. According to a year-end traffic report released by Houston Airports, both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport reached all-time highs in 2015 in regards to overall p...

Mayor Turner Leads Local Super Bowl Delegation

Mayor Sylvester Turner is leading a local delegation to San Francisco this weekend to assess that city’s Super Bowl operations in advance of Super Bowl LI in Houston next year. Joining the mayor will be approximately 50 representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and several City dep...

Police Chief: Overall Crime in Houston Decreased in 2015

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. recently released Uniformed Crime Report (UCR) statistics revealing a 3.2% decrease in crime in the city for 2015 compared to the previous year. The chief shared the news at his recent monthly media meeting. A short excerpt of Chief McClelland's...

Mayor Turner Names New Director of Education

Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected former Houston Independent School District Trustee Juliet Stipeche to serve as Director of Education, a new position within the mayor’s administration. “Juliet is very passionate about education and children and I share that passion,” said Mayor Turner. “Sh...

Mayor Turner Accepts Retirement of Police Chief Charles McClelland

Mayor Sylvester Turner today announced that he has accepted the retirement of Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, effective February 26, 2016. McClelland was sworn in as a police officer in September 1977. He rose through the ranks at HPD and was sworn in by former Mayor Annise Parker as po...