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Why was death row inmate Melissa Lucio's execution delayed?

HOUSTON (AP) — The execution of Melissa Lucio is off. At least for now. Lucio, 52, had been set to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday for the death of her 2-year-old daughter Mariah in Harlingen, a city of about 75,000 in Texas' southern...

 

Melissa Lucio's execution delayed by Texas appeals court

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court on Monday delayed the execution of Melissa Lucio amid growing doubts about whether she fatally beat her 2-year-old daughter in a case that has garnered the support of lawmakers, celebrities and even some jurors...

 

Texas inmate who sought pastor's touch gets execution date

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas death row inmate who won a reprieve when his request for his pastor to pray out loud and touch him as he received his lethal injection sparked legal debate has a new execution date. A South Texas judge on Tuesday signed an...

 

No indictment for Texans QB Watson over sex assault claims

HOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury on Friday declined to indict Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson following a police investigation sparked by lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. The grand jury's...

 

Houston highway project sparks debate over racial equity

HOUSTON (AP) — A $9 billion highway widening project being proposed in the Houston area could become an important test of the Biden administration's commitment to addressing what it has said is a history of racial inequity with infrastructure...

 

Crowd surge kills at least 8 at Houston music festival

HOUSTON (AP) — The crowd at a Houston music festival suddenly surged toward the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott, squeezing fans so tightly together that they could not breathe or move their arms, witnesses said Saturday, hours...

 

'A mass loss of control:' Answers sought in Houston concert

HOUSTON (AP) — When rapper Travis Scott's sold-out concert in Houston became a deadly scene of panic and danger in the surging crowd, Edgar Acosta began worrying about his son, who wasn't answering his phone. He called hospitals and police, who tol...

 

Nicholas, now tropical storm, dumps rain along Gulf Coast

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas hit the Texas coast early Tuesday as a hurricane and dumped more than a foot (30.5 centimeters) of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, drenching storm-battered Louisiana, knocking...

 

Texans QB's sex assault cases highlight concerns amid #MeToo

HOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers fighting sexual assault and harassment allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson face a predicament: Defending their client means working to discredit the claims of 22 women who are more likely to be...

 

Absent media, Texas executes inmate who killed great aunt

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of fatally beating his 83-year-old great aunt more than two decades ago was executed Wednesday evening without media witnesses present because prison agency officials neglected to notify reporters it...

 

Police: Missing Texas tiger has been found safe, healthy

HOUSTON (AP) — A tiger that frightened residents after it was last seen briefly wandering around a Houston neighborhood has been found after a nearly week-long search and appears to be unharmed, police said. In a short video tweeted by Houston...

 

Houston furniture store offers shelter after winter storm

HOUSTON (AP) — For Tina Rios, her family and hundreds of other people, shelter from the winter storm that has left much of Houston without power or heat came from an unusual place: a furniture store. Sitting at one of the many tables on display...

 

Houston looks to boost turnout by offering 24-hour voting

HOUSTON (AP) — As rapper Bun B finished his late-night set during a drive-in concert to promote eight 24-hour polling places in and around Houston, he urged fans to go out into the night — and early morning — to vote. "It feels good to see my...

 

Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress to a part of the country that has already been drenched and battered during this year's unusually busy...

 

Most young virus cases in Texas county diagnosed this month

HOUSTON (AP) — Most of the 85 young children in a South Texas county who are known to have contracted the coronavirus tested positive this month amid a surge in the state, a health official said Sunday. Nearly all of the children, most of whom are...

 

Army, New York giving Houston a helping hand during pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) — Teams of doctors and nurses from New York and the U.S. Army have descended on Houston after the nation's fourth-largest city sought help to deal with a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. An 86-person Army team of...

 

'Coming back and biting us': US sees virus resurgence

HOUSTON (AP) — A coronavirus resurgence is wiping out two months of progress in the U.S. and sending infections to dire new levels across the South and West, with administrators and health experts warning on Wednesday that politicians and a tired-o...

 
 By JUAN A. LOZANO    Regional    May 7, 2020

Houston confronts one-two punch of COVID-19 and oil bust

HOUSTON (AP) — When you're known as the energy capital of the world, oil busts are nothing new. But Houston now finds itself in uncharted territory — grappling with an oil downturn in the middle of a pandemic. Like in other cities, the...

 

Hustle, hard choices for Houston restaurant amid pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) — Running a restaurant is difficult under normal circumstances. During a pandemic, it's almost impossible. For Houston chef Chris Shepherd, it's been "an all-out hustle" to survive after local officials limited restaurants to takeout...

 

Houston blast prompts safety debate in city with no zoning

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don't want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials. That unease was laid bare again last month when a massive...

 

Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service of fame and money but “in service to God.” West spoke...

 

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed's execution

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of...

 

Man sentenced to death for Texas attack that killed 6

HOUSTON (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was driven by vengeance when he fatally shot six members of his ex-wife's family in Texas, including four children, was sentenced Friday to death, a decision the lone survivor of the attack says will help...

 

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the...

 

2 dead as Imelda strands drivers, floods homes in Texas

CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes...

 

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