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Past articles by Paul:

Some Texas child abuse investigations for gender-affirming care put on hold again

The ruling doesn’t apply to all families, but does halt investigations into some families as the case continues. → Read More

Texas law banning social media ‘viewpoint discrimination’ reinstated for now

House Bill 20 was passed after several conservatives -- most notably, former President Donald Trump -- were banned on social media platforms. → Read More

Texas argues Facebook and Twitter are a ‘modern-day public square’ in defense of censorship law

Lawyers for the social media companies say the law, HB 20, is an infringement on their First Amendment rights. → Read More

A man shot and killed his supervisor near Greenway Plaza, Houston police say

The shooting happened at a business located at 3800 Cummins St., police said. A suspected shooter has been taken into custody. → Read More

The 4 Houston police officers who shot and killed Nicolas Chavez will be reinstated, HPD says

The decision comes nearly six months after a grand jury declined to indict the four officers. → Read More

Grand jury declines to indict Deshaun Watson on criminal charges related to sexual assault claims

The investigation came after lawsuits filed by 22 women who accused Watson of sexual assault. → Read More

Police shoot and kill a man suspected of robbery in north Houston

The man was inside of a vehicle parked in a driveway when the shooting began, police said. → Read More

Exxon will move its headquarters to the Houston area by 2023

The oil and gas giant said its part of a larger move to restructure its organization and save billions. → Read More

Mayor Sylvester Turner tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement, the mayor revealed he tested positive Friday afternoon after feeling sick overnight. → Read More

The first Texas case of the COVID-19 omicron variant has been identified in the Houston area

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo confirmed the news on Monday. It’s the first case in Texas. → Read More

9-year-old Ezra Blount has died, bringing the Astroworld death toll to 10

Ezra was on his father's shoulders during the concert when the crowd rushed the stage, overwhelming the two. → Read More

A 9-year-old boy injured at Astroworld is in a medically induced coma

Ezra Blount was on his father's shoulders at the concert when the crowd began to surge toward the stage. → Read More

Victims from Travis Scott’s Astroworld have begun to sue the Houston rapper and concert organizers

The family of a deceased 21-year-old man and another man who was allegedly trampled during the event are among those who have sued. → Read More

8 dead, more than a dozen injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival

Those who died ranged in age from 14 to 27, officials said. The Houston Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into what caused the sold-out crowd to surge toward the stage, causing a panic. → Read More

2021 World Series Preview: Astros have a lot to prove against Braves

The Astros return to the World Series for the third time in five years, but this time, they'll try to shake the phantom of a 2017 scandal. It won't be easy. → Read More

When does the World Series start? Here's how to watch the Houston Astros face the Atlanta Braves

The Astros will have homefield advantage, with games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park this week. → Read More

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

As Texas Schools Reopen, Kids With COVID-19 Are Filling Hospitals In Record Numbers

More than 200 kids are now in Texas hospitals. That's higher than previous peaks during the pandemic. → Read More

ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dies At 72

The legendary bearded bassist played on 15 albums over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's nearly 50-year history. → Read More

At Least 2 Dead After ‘Mass Casualty’ Incident At LyondellBasell Chemical Plant Near La Porte

The leak comes just days after a leak at a Dow Chemical plant in La Porte, and another LyondellBasell leak in Galena Park. → Read More