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17 Greater Houston-area restaurants, businesses offering deals for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-12

To say thanks to all the great educators, many businesses are offering freebies and deals to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

Impact Roundup: Big Star's closing, 1751 opening and other April 2019 business moves in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose

Longstanding Heights establishment Big Star Bar announced it would close sometime after May 31, after its lease ends at 1005 W. 19th St., Houston. The bar will celebrate its 10th anniversary on May 25 and 26, with a final send-off event when a formal closing date is set, owner Brad Moore said.

NEW: Proposition B mediation ends in impasse; layoff notices remain in effect

Mediator David Mattheisen declared an impasse May 3 between the Houston Professional Firefighters Association and the city of Houston along with the Houston Police Officers Union after the parties failed to agree on a deal that would avoid 220 Houston firefighter layoffs to fund raises for the rest.

Where you can support Night Out for Austin Tice in the Houston area on May 2

Over 70 restaurants across the country and more than a dozen in Houston have stepped up to help raise funds May 2 to help secure the release of Austin Tice, a Houston native and journalist held captive in Syria since 2012.

Ahead of 2020 census, Houston City Council considers ramping up outreach efforts

Leading up to the 2020 United States Census, some Houston City Council Members say that getting an accurate headcount for the city’s population may be more difficult than in years past and federal dollars are on the line.

Harris County approves eight hires for district attorney's office to bolster environmental crimes unit

The Harris County District Attorney's office received approval April 30 to hire eight new staff members with the goal of more aggressively investigating environmental crimes.

Texas Medical Center unveils new design, architects for TMC3 campus

About a year after announcing its vision for creating a 37-acre collaborative research campus, officials with the Texas Medical Center have announced a new design along with the selection of its design and development partners.

Everything you need to know about the May elections in the Houston metro area

On May 4, voters will decide on many contested races in the Houston area. The items on the ballot include city council, school district board of trustees, charter amendments and bond propositions. Community Impact Newspaper has compiled a list of items on the ballot and area voter guides to help you prepare to step into the voting booth.

The Platform Group opening mixed-use project in Boulevard Oaks

Locally based developer The Platform Group formally opens its mixed-use project in the Boulevard Oaks …

Camp Bow Wow opens Greater Heights location on May 4

National dog care chain Camp Bow Wow is opening its first location in Houston's Inner Loop at 7232 Wynnwood …

As home appraisals are sent out in Harris County, deadline to file protests approaches

Throughout the months of March, April and May, homeowners in Harris County will receive their property value notices in the mail providing them with values that will be used to determine what property taxes they owe later on in the year.

Texas House votes to legalize farming of industrial hemp

The Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on April 24 that would allow farmers in the state to legally grow industrial hemp—a move lauded as a win for the state’s farmers. It now heads to the Senate.

Barbecue cook-off, fish fry and a crawfish festival: 12 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, April 26-28

Here are a few ways to spend time in the Greater Houston area this weekend, April …

Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.

Houston City Council approves 220 firefighter layoffs

Houston City Council approved 220 firefighter layoffs April 24.

Urban, suburban, rural Texas mayors condemn state Legislature’s overreach, support 'patchwork quilt' policy strategy

Overall, the Texas Municipal League, a nonpartisan group that advocates for Texas cities at the state Legislature, is fighting over 150 bills they said deteriorate municipalities’ ability to govern themselves, but on April 22, Executive Director Bennett Sandlin laid out what he said are the 10 worst offenders.

Harris County ranked third most populous county in nation by new U.S. Census Bureau estimates

Harris County ranks third in the nation’s most populous counties, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau April 18.

Judge calls for more time, potential court-ordered mediation in Proposition B case

Update as of 5:09 p.m., April 18: Harris County Judge Tanya Garrison of District 157 sent a court order for parties representing the Houston Police Officers Union and the city of Houston to enter mediation with the Houston Professional Firefighters Association. Both parties have until noon April 22 to agree on a mediator, according to court documents.

Celebrate Easter and Earth Day, learn about classic airplanes: 8 things to do in Houston this weekend, April 19-21

The Houston area has several outdoor events to enjoy over a sunny holiday weekend, in addition to Easter and …

Following latest financial data release from city of Houston, Proposition B negotiations remain stalled

A series of open letters released within two hours of each other on April 17 made little impact on negotiations between Houston Professional Firefighters Association President Marty Lancton and Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Houston City Council postpones vote on 220 firefighter layoffs

Houston City Council postponed 220 firefighter layoffs April 17 after negotiations between the mayor’s office and the Houston Professional Firefighters Association failed early the same week.

Second round of negotiations ends without agreement between mayor and Firefighters Union

Two recent rounds of negotiations have yielded little progress in preventing layoffs while implementing pay raises for the Houston Fire Department, remarks at a press conference held April 15 revealed.

Ahead of firefighter layoff vote, 47 Houston municipal employees receive pink slips

Days before Houston City Council is set to vote on 220 firefighter layoffs, 47 municipal employees became the latest group of city workers to receive pink slips April 12, according to a news release.