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Lizzie Fletcher urges Texas to increase orphan well funding

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WASHINGTON — Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher is urging the Texas Railroad Commission and state legislators to reverse a reduction in funding for the state's orphan well program, warning they could imperil future federal assistance for the state. Fletcher, a Democrat who introduced orphan well legislation that made available $4.6 billion in federal funding through the 2021…

Houston receives $1.2B for clean energy initiatives across the region

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Houston will receive up to $1.2 billion as part of the Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub for the purpose of supporting hydrogen initiatives in the region, according to an Oct. 13 news release from the White House. The details The hydrogen hub project will be run by HyVelocity, a group of organizations working together to promote clean hydrogen in Texas, southwest…

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher visits Rice to discuss climate change and geothermal energy

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Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas) visited the Rice campus Aug. 29. During the visit, she caught up with the university’s leadership team, including Rice President Reginald DesRoches, Rice Provost Amy Dittmar and Vice President of Public Affairs Melinda Spaulding Chevalier, before she met with Rice faculty to discuss climate change, geothermal energy and the university’s research in these…

Houston METRO experiments with solar-powered fans at bus stops

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The Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority is trial-testing 50 solar-powered fans installed at bus stops in the city. Currently, METRO has nearly 9,000 operational stops, with some featuring metal shelters and benches, and others left uncovered entirely, with just a sign to designate where the stop is. But changes are in the works for the small area where thousands of…

$2.5 million to go towards West University Place water distribution lines replacement

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Outdated water distribution lines in West University Place, some of which have been around since the 1940s, will be replaced using federal funding. Susan Sample is the mayor of West University Place and said many of these waterlines are made out of cast iron, and they've been around since West University Place was built. "Once this project is complete, we will have replaced…

Houston Metro working on solar-powered fans at bus stops, with plans to install 50 prototypes

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Breathing new life into the ordinary bus stop isn’t as simple as it might sound, but Metro officials are giving it a spin in the hopes of slightly cooling riders down. A prototype shelter aimed at addressing some of Houston’s unique needs, including solar-paneled fans, could evolve into new structures at many Metropolitan Transit Authority bus stops. Right now, the steel…

$32M Poor Farm Ditch flood control project moves forward with federal funding

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A vital flood control project for residents in three cities is moving forward with a new injection of federal funding. What happened A $32.5 million effort to improve Poor Farm Ditch will proceed with help from $9.9 million in federal funding. In addition, two cities, one county and Texas are all contributing funds to advance the project. $16.9 million from the state, an…

Over $30M in funding to go toward repairs to West U's Poor Farm Ditch to prevent flooding

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Millions of dollars will fund a project that aims to protect Harris County homes from flooding. Poor Farm Ditch is a man-made waterway that runs through West University and Southside Place before emptying into Brays Bayou. It's one of the county's oldest ditches and in desperate need of repair. After years of negotiations, all levels of government pitched in to pay the more than $30…

Houston representative introduces abortion care training bill

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Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, which stripped federal abortion protections and led to conservative states enacting severe abortion bans and restrictions — which has created challenges for Texas medical students. Why it matters: Students now must travel out of state to learn comprehensive abortion care in a…