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.

12:24 PM Jul 25, 2022 CDT

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.


Texas higher education institutions receive $15 million for workforce development

The funds support community or state technical colleges with vocational training programs lasting up to six months.


Harris County commissioners approve $7.75M to combat maternal mortality

The home visitation program will pilot with 300 participants over five years and focus on Black mothers.


Houston City Council discusses Hispanic voter dilution concern amid redistricting process

During a July 20 Houston City Council redistricting public hearing, some residents and council members raised concerns regarding the possible dilution in the Hispanic voter opportunities under recently proposed maps.



Bus shuttles will replace METRORail service during July 23-24 repairs

METRORail riders will need to leave more time for travel this July 23-24. 


Chicken Salad Chick to open in late August or early September in West University area

The fast-casual concept specializes in Southern-style chicken salad dishes as well as fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts.


Experts emphasize fire safety, emergency preparedness amid abnormally dry conditions throughout Texas

Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by people. With dry vegetation and minimal rainfall, experts encourage Texans to be aware of their surroundings and obey local restrictions.


16 events to attend in the Houston area this weekend, July 22-24

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



Tow truck drivers voice concerns over Harris County contract

An October 2021 contract for a pilot program with AutoReturn, a San Francisco-based towing management services company, was a point of contention at Harris County Commissioners Court.


Some Houston District C residents raise concerns about city's proposed redistricting map

Under the proposed map, District C would lose Freedmen's Town to District H and Rice University to District D.


Houston data: June’s rental market thrives as single-family home sales decline

Houston’s single-family home rental market had a strong June following a cooldown in the single-family sales market.


Harris County public health updates: COVID-19, monkeypox cases rising

County Judge Hidalgo cites viral load in wastewater as cause for concern, and health officials remain vigilant about monkeypox.



Harris County commissioners initiate community engagement for potential $1.2B bond in November

A vote on whether to hold a bond election in November is still to come.


Bellaire presents preliminary budget for FY 2022-23; public discussions planned for August

Members of the Bellaire City Council had their first look at the preliminary fiscal year 2022-23 budget outlining staff goals, tax rates and a fiscal forecast for the next five years.


Rodeo Houston announces changes ahead of 2023 competition

The 2023 Rodeo Houston competition is scheduled to run Feb. 28-March 19.


Texas Medical Center brings back COVID-19 dashboard as cases increase across Houston

The Harris County Public Health Department is reporting 31,708 active coronavirus cases as of July 18, and the county has been averaging roughly 563 new cases per day for the week spanning July 11-17.



Houston extends time period for public feedback on redistricting

The city of Houston's time period for residents to submit redistricting feedback has been extended until July 29 at 4:45 p.m. The extension will allow Houstonians to have more time to give the city input on proposed plans.


Harris County Commissioners Court preview: Bond discussion, flood control updates

Commissioners will continue discussions on a potential bond issue in November, and the flood control district is making progress on various studies.


New mental health crisis line, 988, launched in Texas

The new three-digit number will likely reduce calls to 911 during mental health emergencies, officials said.