2:09 PM Oct 29, 2019 CDT

Harris County Toll Road Authority revisits plans for Fort Bend Parkway extension

The Harris County Toll Road Authority is revisiting plans to extend the north section of Fort Bend Parkway to connect to the southwest corner of the I-610 Loop.

Report: Large, deep underground drainage tunnel a viable option for Houston

An initial study by the Harris County Flood Control District has found that Houston's similarity to Washington, D.C., means that the area could be a viable candidate for a large drainage tunnel deep underground .

UPDATED: Vote totals continue to lag 2015 numbers after first week of early voting in Harris County

One week into the early voting period of Nov. 5 elections, overall turnout is down from 2015, the last time a mayoral election took place in the Greater Houston area.

Weekend road closures: Watch out for these lanes affected at I-69 and I-610 West Loop, Oct. 25-27

Construction road closures are a regular occurrence as part of the I-610/I-69 interchange project. Here are the latest closures affecting traffic for Oct. 25-27, with overnight closures through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

Life Time Greenway will open its 150,000 square foot center on Oct. 28

The fitness center Life Time will open its Greenway Plaza location, 1 City Club Drive, Houston, on Oct. 28. Founding members will be given earlier access. The 150,000 square-foot gym includes over 300 pieces of exercise equipment, a spa, cafe, “Kids Academy,” and a resort-style pool deck. Life Time Greenway is the chain's 10th center in the Greater Houston area. 281-916-7300. www.lifetime.life

Coffee With Impact: JT McCormick went from a horrific upbringing to being a CEO

Severe neglect, sexual abuse, violence, poverty: JT McCormick readily and publicly discusses these defining aspects of his upbringing. Told in shocking detail, it quickly becomes evident for those who attend his speeches that the stories of his childhood are necessary to elucidate how he emerged from it all to become what he describes as a success story.

Days after appeal, Houston faces new legal challenge over drainage fund

Just days after an appeals court ruled in favor of Houston’s implementation of its drainage fee, a new lawsuit was filed Oct. 21 in Harris County District Court alleges mishandling of how it allocates property taxes to fund drainage projects.

Vote on former Chevron property delayed as developer revises plans

In response to concerns from Bellaire city staff, SLS West Loop LP presented revised plans for the former Chevron campus at an Oct. 17 Planning and Zoning Commission workshop.

French clothing brand ba&sh opens Houston Galleria store

The French women's luxury brand ba&sh has opened its first Texas store at The Galleria, near the Galleria Financial Center, 5085 Westheimer Road Houston, in October. “We are so excited for our first venture into Texas with our new store at the Galleria,” said Sarah Benady, the brand's North America CEO, in a release. “We’ve already seen tremendous engagement from online customers who live in the Houston area over the past couple of years, so we can’t wait to introduce our brand values and Parisian collections to them in real life.” The store is the brand's ninth in the U.S., featuring the latest collections and accessories. www.ba-sh.com

Poke in the Bowl now open in the Texas Medical Center

Poke in the Bowl opened in mid-September at 6611 Main St., Houston. The made-to-order poke bowls begin with a …

Appeals court backs Houston's handling of drainage fee

Houston residents will not see a refund of drainage fees paid to the city since 2011, a state appellate judge ruled Oct. 18.

Volunteers needed for holiday gift program serving low-income special-needs children

Be An Angel’s Holiday Gift Program is looking for volunteers to shop for holiday gifts that will be distributed to over 5,000 low-income special-needs children in the Houston area, according to a press release.

Houston receives $43 million in federal funds to start North Canal project, cover Wortham Center repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $2.66 million grant to the city of Houston to begin the design, permitting and environmental assessment of the proposed North Canal project, the city announced Oct. 11.

Rice Village food hall Politan Row adds three more concepts

The upcoming food hall Politan Row, at 2445 Times Blvd., in the Rice Village, has added three new vendors to its ranks ahead of its expected November opening. The food hall will join others owned by the Politan Group, which has a presence in New Orleans, Miami and Chicago. New concepts and chefs joining those  announced in August are:

Live music, fall fun and more: 8 things to do in Houston this weekend, Oct. 11-13

With temperatures dropping just in time for fall activities, the city of Houston offers events for the whole …

Bellaire P&Z Commission postpones vote on Chevron redevelopment

Bellaire’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted to table their recommendation to council regarding rezoning and specific-use permit requests filed by the owner of the property located at 4800 Fournace Place and 5901S. Rice Ave. until a workshop could be held with the applicant next Thursday.

Higher minimum wage coming to Houston airport workers

Employees at George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby and Ellington airports will see a boosted minimum wage following an executive order signed by Mayor Sylvester Turner on Oct. 9.

Bellaire looks to commercial growth to bolster revenue

The vast majority of the land within Bellaire’s city limits is zoned residential, and 86% of the city’s property tax revenue—its biggest source of funds—comes from those properties.

Houston establishes new municipal court for veterans

Veterans facing civil charges in Houston can now have cases heard through a new veterans court system.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urges Imelda-affected residents to apply for FEMA assistance

Following a presidential declaration of disaster Oct. 4 , Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urged those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda to apply for individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency as soon as possible.

Experts weigh in on efforts against human trafficking at Houston symposium

At a symposium on human trafficking on Oct. 8, experts noted the success Houston has had in fighting the problem but also the huge challenge that remains.

After extensive redesign, revamped menu, benjy's will formally relaunch Oct. 10

Ahead of its 25-year anniversary, benjy's is reopening Oct. 10 after an extensive update to its menu as well …