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Past articles by Robert:

Conroe brewery receives flood of threats, harassment after canceling Kyle Rittenhouse event

Southern Star Brewery CEO Dave Fougeron said his brewery, which produces well-known local craft beers such as Bombshell Blonde, strives to be a welcoming for all. → Read More

Texas GOP lawmaker hires Christian nationalist who called for drag show attendees to be executed

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, hired Jake Neidert, 22, last month as his... → Read More

Charity, community focus pay off for Indus Communities

The family-owned property management company offers equity stakes to its employees, and... → Read More

Ahead of merger, Allegiance Bank continues to build worker-centric culture

The company will finalize its merger with CommunityBank of Texas and become known as... → Read More

Chip manufacturer mulls central Texas plant — but only if it gets tax breaks

“It has statewide implications because the school districts are not paying for these... → Read More

As food insecurity crisis continues, nonprofits face daunting challenges

With pandemic-era funding streams set to expire this year — and with a potentially busy... → Read More

Group asks Texas Supreme Court to roll back insurance companys' exemption powers

The coalition includes the Texas Hospital Association, as well as groups connected to the... → Read More

Nonprofits across the U.S. are still struggling to find workers and consistent funding, survey finds

The survey is the latest, worrisome sign for the nonprofit sector as Americans continue to turn to charities amid high inflation. → Read More

Grant program for minority businesses, nonprofits sees surge in early interest

Thousands of minority-owned businesses and nonprofits in Houston are taking advantage of... → Read More

How a top U.S. trade official is helping minority-owned Houston businesses expand their exports

Arun Venkataraman says Houston has “exporting in its bloods.” And as director general... → Read More

Body found in Anahuac canal believed to be missing elderly woman, sheriff says

Bettye Robinson was reported missing Saturday. → Read More

Brazoria County deputy shoots shoplifting suspect that allegedly rammed into cars

Police say the incident began at a Target store at Silver Lake Shopping Center, where... → Read More

Department of Justice investigating Southern Baptists in ongoing probe of sexual abuse

The federal probe follows a scathing investigation that found Southern Baptist leaders had mishandled reports of sexual abuse. → Read More

New Ismaili Center renderings released as leader honored by Houston officials

The new photos are the latest preview of the ornate center coming to Memorial Park. → Read More

U.S. officials preach global trade to minority-owned businesses in Houston

U.S. trade officials were in Houston on Wednesday as part of an initiative to bolster... → Read More

Husband, wife killed in Freeport boat crash, Coast Guard says

Officials said that a 22-foot boat collided around 9:15 p.m. with an unlit, 24-foot boat... → Read More

One dead in southwest Houston shooting

Breaking news Houston Chronicle One person was fatally shot in southwest Houston Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Houston Police said the shooting occurred in the 9500 block of Deering Drive. Neither the victim nor the shooter was immediately identified. → Read More

Area nonprofit wins rare funding for Black, trans work

The Mahogany Project has come a long way from five years ago, when its primary funding... → Read More

New program gives free coaching to businesses in low-income areas

The program is the latest targeting disparities that city and business leaders say have... → Read More

Soaring housing, energy costs put pressure on nonprofits to help Houston's poorest residents

Calls to area nonprofits for utility assistance are up 40 to 50 percent year-over-year, as are requests for rental assistance, according to nonprofit leaders and data. → Read More