Houston

New state law allows Houston neighborhoods to redact racist deed restriction

Posted on · Texas lawmakers from Houston say the bill was written to allow discriminatory provisions to be removed from real property records only on a property-by-property basis, but they applaud Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth for applying the law more broadly and said it could set a statewide example.

Criminal Justice

Crystal Mason’s contentious illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered, criminal appeals court says

Posted on · Mason said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason’s intent.

Politics

State Rep. Garnet Coleman endorses Jolanda Jones as his successor, despite a vow to stay on the sidelines

Posted on · Coleman previously declined to endorse any candidate in the first round of the Democratic primary. He’s now asking supporters to back Jones over Danielle Keys Bess in both the May 7 special election and the May 24 primary runoff.

Politics

The race to succeed Houston state Rep. Garnet Coleman heads to a runoff — and a special election

Posted on · Former Houston City Councilmember Jolanda Jones and Realtor Danielle Keys Bess will face each other in a late-May runoff, but that’s only after voters choose who’ll fill out the remainder of Coleman’s current term in an early-May special election.

Houston

Carbon monoxide killed a Houston mother and daughter. A firefighter was reprimanded after a delayed 911 response

Posted on · After half of a Houston family was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning, reporting by ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and NBC News revealed that a fire crew had failed to enter the house to check on them. A firefighter has now been disciplined.