Florian Martin, Houston Public Media

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Past articles by Florian:

More Than 400,000 Lose Power As Tropical Storm Nicholas Moves Through Houston

According to the National Weather Service in Houston, the storm has reached sustained winds of 70 mph, and is expected to make landfall Monday evening and slowly travel Northeast along the Texas coast through Tuesday night. → Read More

COVID-19 Vaccinations Climb Across Texas, As Delta Variant Boosts New Infections

It’s the first vaccination increase since early April. → Read More

Many Houston Communities Of Color Have No Bank Account. A New Federal Initiative Aims To Change That

FDIC’s “Get Banked” pilot campaign tries to reach primarily Blacks and Latinos in Houston and Atlanta. → Read More

Family Of Houston Man Who Died During Winter Storm Sues ERCOT, CenterPoint

It’s the latest in a number of lawsuits against Texas’ grid operator, which currently has immunity from legal action. → Read More

UPDATE: Amid Electric Grid Woes, Lina Hidalgo Warns Harris County To ‘Assume The Worst’ In Coming Days

Millions of Texans woke up still without power Tuesday, as an arctic blast continues to bring freezing temperatures across the state. → Read More

Family Of Harding Street Raid Victims File Lawsuits Against The City

Lawyers say the accused officers "operated as a criminal organization and tormented Houston residents for years." → Read More

At Least 4 Texans Charged With Storming U.S. Capitol

A Spring man is also charged and a former Houston police officer is being investigated. → Read More

Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was Record Year For Houston Home Sales

Sales recovered after two negative sales months in the spring. → Read More

Texas Lawmakers File ‘George Floyd’ Bill To Ban Chokeholds, Amid Calls For Nationwide Police Reform

The George Floyd Act would be the most sweeping overhaul of the use of force by Texas police since 1965. → Read More

Criminal Justice Expert: More Evidence, New Perspectives Leading To More Police Shooting Accountability

Four Houston police officers were fired and one Baytown officer was indicted this month in two separate deadly shootings, amid a growing movement to hold police more accountable for deadly force. → Read More

Baytown Police Officer Indicted In 2019 Shooting Death Of Pamela Turner

The officer allegedly fired on Turner after she grabbed his Taser. But documents obtained by Houston Public Media earlier this year revealed that the Taser model was incapable of shooting a second set of darts without being manually reloaded. → Read More

Houston Bars Are Doing Their Best To Survive The Pandemic – But Not All Of Them Will

The statewide shutdown order for bars has endangered some longtime Houston watering holes. → Read More

Houston Lawsuit Challenges Texas Law Regulating No-Gun Signs

A church and a coffeeshop allege gun sign requirements discriminate against property owners. → Read More

A Storm, A Death, A Pandemic: Houston Church Still On The Road To Recovery 3 Years After Harvey

Emmanuel Episcopal Church finally has a new home after being flooded in 2017 – but they still can’t worship there. → Read More

As Galveston Evacuates Before Hurricane Laura, Some Choose To Weather The Storm

The northbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway were already seeing heavier than usual traffic and some gas stations were well occupied Tuesday, as the evacuation order took effect at noon. → Read More

Houston Has Lost Thousands Of Jobs During The Pandemic. So Why Are Houstonians Buying More Homes Than Ever?

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to be bad for a number of Houston businesses. But a noticeable exception is the single-family housing market which – after a dip earlier in the year – is now thriving. → Read More

Texas Unemployment Rate Hits Worst On Record At 12.8%

Until now, the state’s worst-ever monthly unemployment rate was 9.2% in November 1986, as Texas reeled from the last big oil bust. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a contracting energy industry are expected to slow Texas' economic recovery. → Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic Causing Worst Recession In 100 Years For Houston And Beyond, Texas A&M Economist Says

Unemployment numbers are nearing those of the Great Depression. → Read More

Until Texas Businesses Can Reopen, It’s ‘Retail-To-Go’

Whether small businesses can benefit from “retail-to-go” depends on a few factors. → Read More

Survey Shows Coronavirus Impact On Workers Across Industries In Greater Houston

The majority of sectors are seeing layoffs and furloughs. → Read More