From Texas Standard:

In the face of fierce opposition calling it a "bathroom bill," the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was rejected by voters last week.

Houston's ordinance sought to extend civil rights protections to transgender individuals and several other groups of citizens, but quickly came under fire for its proposed extension of equal rights to public restroom use.


Commuters in Houston are getting their first look some major changes to the city’s transit system today. It’s all part of an effort to attract more riders with more frequent and reliable service. But, will it work? Gail Delaughter from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media reports.

Houston: A 'No Zoning' Zone

Jun 23, 2015

While Houston may look in many ways like other big cities, a closer look will reveal some differences. It’s the only big city in America that doesn’t have zoning. And that’s led to some unusual development in surprising places.

But while Houston may have a reputation for freewheeling sprawl, city officials say there are rules in place, but just with a different philosophy for managing urban growth. Gail Delaughter from Here & Now’s contributor Houston Public Media reports.

In addition to being the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston is also the most ethnically diverse city. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson took a tour of Houston with Rice University professor Stephen Klineberg, who is founding director of the Kinder Institute on Urban Research, to learn more about how this city went from a mostly white oil boomtown to what it is today.

Sun Returns To Texas, Reveals Devastating Flood Damage Across State

May 31, 2015
Courtesy: Joanne Hall / http://hallsontheroad.blogspot.com/

DALLAS — Most of Texas was set to get its first period of extended sunshine in weeks, allowing surging rivers to recede as emergency-management officials turn their attention to cleanup efforts in such places as Houston, where damage estimates top $45 million.

Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-seven of the deaths have been in Texas, and at least 10 people were still missing over the weekend.