Houston News - Newsworthy Events in Houston, Texas
Houston is home to several news outlets. There are the local newspapers, Houston Chronicle, and Houston Post. The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in the state and is the third-largest newspaper by Sunday circulation in the United States. In the past year, there have been numerous newsworthy events in the city. Houston News
The Houston Fire Department will be hosting the annual Operation Stocking Stuffer toy giveaway on December 17th. During the event, more than 100 thousand needy children will receive toys. This is in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Goodfellows, which is dedicated to providing Christmas and holiday toys to the less fortunate in the greater Houston area. Almost 250,000 toys were distributed in 2003.
Another major newsworthy event in the city was the unveiling of Mayor Turner's latest Arts & Cultural Plan. The plan focuses on supporting and strengthening the city's cultural sector. Specifically, the plan includes a series of new grants for local artists.
Other newsworthy events include Mayor Turner's trade mission to India, which is in conjunction with the Greater Houston Partnership. He was accompanied by the City's top public officials and Houston's professional sports teams. The mayor also announced a partnership with the Houston Public Library, Houston Relief Hub, JP Morgan Chase, and Lone Star College. Additionally, the City of Houston has begun implementing Prop B, a voter-approved initiative to reduce crime in the city.
Houston's economic base is changing, with more and more people moving to the city. The city plans to increase its walkable areas and attract development. However, the city's traffic congestion remains one of its top challenges. As a result, the city continues to rank as one of the most congested metros in the nation.
According to the Houston Police Department, overall violent crime was down 8% in 2022. In addition, the mayor's Commission against Gun Violence released the second report on its plan to improve the city's streets. One of the commission's members, Karla Cisneros, hosted a Rescue Selfie Contest to raise awareness for the cause.
On the same day, the City of Houston was announced as the host of the Sister Cities International Conference, which will be held July 17-19, 2019. Houston will be a hub of international connections during the conference and will have a number of events in honor of the convention. Several African nations will also be represented during the conference.
Other newsworthy events include Mayor Sylvester Turner's announcement of the hiring of Shannon Buggs as the director of the City's Complete Communities Initiative. This is a program that will help Houston become more sustainable, by focusing on reducing its carbon footprint.
A final note, the Houston Post was once the Houston Chronicle. While the newspaper was never mentioned in any of the major news articles, it was the first paper to publish an article about the Houston Endowment board.