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Rice University names University of Michigan administrator Amy Dittmar as the school’s new provost

Amy Dittmar, the senior vice provost at the University of Michigan, was named the new chief administrator at Rice University, according to a June 16 press release from the school’s office of public affairs.


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Babylon nightclub to open at former Howl at the Moon space in Midtown

Babylon, an ancient Persian-themed nightclub, will open July 1 at 612 Hadley St., in a space formerly occupied by the Howl at the Moon piano bar in Houston’s Midtown area.


Officials urge Texans to attend local fireworks shows for July Fourth amid widespread drought

As Texas experiences a dry summer, burn bans and fireworks restrictions are in place in various counties. Fireworks are always prohibited on U.S. Forest Service land.



Lofts at the Ballpark demolition paused as I-45 expansion meets more obstacles

The $9.78 billion project has been put on a federal pause due to civil rights concerns from residents nearby.


‘The state's highest environmental honor’: Texas Environmental Excellence Awards return for 30th year

For the 30th year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will honor people and groups for their achievements in environmental protection and preservation.


U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade: What’s next for Texas?

Texas is one of 13 states with a "trigger law" that is set to take effect within 30 days and will effectively criminalize all abortions in Texas, unless someone's life is threatened if they remain pregnant.


Texas Supreme Court upholds Texas Central right to eminent domain power

In a 5-3 ruling, the state Supreme Court upheld a 2021 appeals court decision that determined Texas Central can use eminent domain to seize private property in its construction path



Looming end of Medicaid unenrollment freeze sounds alarms

When the coronavirus pandemic emerged in March 2020, the U.S. government issued a requirement that states could no longer kick people off Medicaid during the public health emergency. The purpose was to prevent people on Medicaid—a government-run health care policy—from being left without insurance on short notice.


METRO to launch pilot program opening high-occupancy vehicle, toll lanes on weekends

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County will open its high-occupancy vehicle and high-occupancy toll lanes for weekend use this summer.


Harris County Public Health begins vaccine rollout for young children

Starting June 24, Harris County Public Health will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years old.


11 events to check out in the Houston area this weekend, June 24-26

Looking for something to do in the Houston area this weekend? Check out this weekend's guide!  



I-69 to be closed in both directions at Loop 610 West over June 24 weekend

The closure begins on June 24 at 9 p.m. and ends on June 27 at 5 a.m.


West University Place issues water conservation request as drought worsens around Houston

The city of West University Place entered Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan on June 23, calling on citizens to voluntarily limit water usage.


Report: Affordability gap growing in Houston, Harris County

The surge in housing demand over the past two years is making it harder for Houstonians to afford houses with the median income, according to a new report from Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.


Harris County commissioners approve higher property tax exemption for seniors, residents with disabilities

Commissioners Court increased the property tax exemption of individuals with disabilities or those over age 65 from $229,000 of the appraised property value to $250,000 during the June 14 court meeting.



Houston Health Department now offering COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 6 months old

Children as young as 6 months old can get vaccinated against the coronavirus at four Houston Health Department centers.


Houston approves additional funds to fix repeated drainage issues across city

The funds will be equally distributed across all of Houston's City Council districts.


As Houston area sees record June temperatures, experts urge heat caution

With the metro area set to break a record for June temperatures, experts from Texas Children’s Hospital and the National Weather Service partnered to share information on heat-related deaths.


Public safety director: Law enforcement response to Uvalde shooting was ‘abject failure'

During a public Senate hearing regarding the shooting in Uvalde, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said law enforcement waited 74 minutes to neutralize the gunman while they "waited for a key that was never needed."



Compare vaccination data in these 7 Houston-area counties

The rate at which residents in the Greater Houston area got the COVID-19 vaccine peaked in late March and early April 2021. Several smaller surges took place over the course of the summer and fall of that year before slowing down in 2022.


Q&A: NAMI Central Texas program director speaks on pandemic and mental health

Rebecca Farrell sat down with Community Impact Newspaper to discuss the effects the pandemic had on mental illness across the country.


Custom home furnishing and designer Jill Egan Interiors opens new showroom in heart of Rice Village

A new showroom for furnishing and interior design company Jill Egan Interiors is now open in Rice Village at 2532 Amherst St., Houston.


2026 FIFA World Cup: Houston's real work begins as NRG Stadium wins chance to host matches

The eyes of the world will be on Houston in four years when the city begins hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup matches.