Bellaire - Meyerland - West University

Stay informed about the latest local news in Bellaire, Meyerland and West University Place, including city council coverage, HISD news and Texas Medical Center updates.

6:08 PM Jul 28, 2022 CDT

Houston-area school districts, community colleges signal interest in Harris County disparity study funding

Three out of 25 independent school districts and two out of four community colleges have submitted letters of intent for Harris County’s $2 million disparity study fund.


USDA invests over $36M for high-speed internet in rural Texas

Telecommunications companies in Central Texas and the West Plains region will receive funding to help rural Texans gain access to high-speed internet.


12 events to check out in the Houston area this weekend, July 29-31

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



West University Place City Council authorizes next step toward issuing $61.12M in bonds

The city of West University Place, during its July 25 council meeting, approved publication of its Notice of Intention to Issue Certificates of Obligation, a required step by the city prior to the issuance of new debt.


City approves $3 million in ARPA funds for Houston Forensic Science Center

The Houston Forensic Science Center was originally given $1.5 million in ARPA funds, but the amount was raised during a July 27 Houston City Council meeting.


METRO Police Department introduces C.A.R.E. unit to aid unhoused individuals

METRO Police Department's Crisis, Assessment, Response and Engagement unit launched its first team two months ago and plans to add a second team in August.


Houston Police Chief Troy Finner joins U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher at gun safety town hall

On July 25, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher was joined by Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for a town hall discussion at the Bayland Community Center in Southwest Houston for a discussion on gun-related violence in the city.



TxDOT plans for more electric vehicle charging stations; Houston starts the process

To support the growth of electric vehicles, Houston is addressing air quality concerns and long-term funding strategies for electric vehicles and charging stations.


Nonprofit Houston Pets Alive! to begin offering low-cost vet services in August

Local nonprofit Houston Pets Alive! is now accepting appointments for low-cost veterinary services from pet owners in the general public with plans to officially start providing services Aug. 2.


TxDOT collecting feedback on Gulf Freeway study through July 29

According to the website, the Gulf Freeway PEL study focuses on the segment of I-45 that runs between I-69/Hwy. 59 in downtown Houston and Beltway 8 South.


10 businesses, renovations coming soon to the Bellaire, Meyerland, West University area

Curious as to what new businesses and renovations are underway or coming to the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area?



Houston partners with Wells Fargo to launch $20M grant portal aimed at equity in business

The fund is expected to help over 500 small businesses in the Houston area.


Texas Medical Center coronavirus update: Downtick in viral load, hospitalizations suggests slowing of spread

The Texas Medical Center admitted an average of 240 COVID-19 hospital patients per day for the week of July 11-17, which fell to 226 per day for the week of July 18-25, a 5.83% decrease in new patients.


Jordan Family Healthcare in southwest Houston joins Legacy Community Health network

Officials with both clinics said the transition would be made with no disruption to patient care.


Harris County, city of Houston officials ask CDC for additional monkeypox vaccines

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner cited rising case numbers in the nation’s fourth-largest city as driving the need for more vaccines.



Texas receives over 14,000 monkeypox vaccines as cases rise

Over 5,000 doses have been sent to Dallas County, and others will be distributed to local health departments.


Chefs For Farmers brings annual event, all-star chef lineup to Houston for first time

Chefs For Farmers, a Texas-based food and wine festival, will be held in Houston for the first time, bringing an all-star lineup of local chefs to serve locally sourced dishes.


University of Houston, city partner on scholarship program aimed at ending cycle of incarceration

The city of Houston has partnered with the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer School of Business to help a select group of young adults take part in a new five-week certification program.


Houston receives shipment of monkeypox vaccines, will begin distribution to local partners

A total of 1,508 doses will be given to Harris County Public Health, while 3,516 doses will be retained by the city.



Harris County Commissioners Court approves $25.75M to relocate inmates due to overcrowding

Officials cited overcrowded jails and the criminal court case backlog to push for the funding. The vote was approved unanimously.


U.S. Department of Justice launches environmental investigation into Houston over illegal dumping

The investigation alleges that the city of Houston's response to illegal dumping is discriminating against Black and Latino communities.


Houston to host gun buyback event July 30

The gun buyback effort is a $1 million program within Mayor Sylvester Turner’s $53 million One Safe Houston initiative.