Articles by Juan A. Lozano

Houston-Area Home Buyouts Part of Flood Mitigation Efforts

Officials decided Oct. 10 to proceed with two additional programs that would buy out more than 100 Houston-area homes that have repeatedly flooded in recent years, as the region continues its efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey. The programs would …

Texas Homeowners Say They Weren’t Warned about Flooding Risks

More than 20 years before Hurricane Harvey, officials in suburban Houston were aware that a heavy storm could cause a reservoir to overflow and inundate nearby homes with water. So they issued a warning to potential home buyers. But they …

Driver of Truck in Texas Bus Crash Admits Texting Behind the Wheel

A witness says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, acknowledged he had been texting while driving — highlighting the dangers of sending messages on smartphones while behind the …

Woman Seeks $350M in Suit Over 2015 Texas Biker Shootout

A Texas woman is asking for $350 million in damages after alleging in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that her civil rights were violated when she was wrongfully arrested in the wake of a deadly 2015 gun battle involving bikers …

Judge Says Sex Assault Lawsuit Against Baylor University Can Proceed

A lawsuit filed against Baylor University by 10 women alleging they were sexually assaulted while students can proceed, a federal judge ruled on March 7. The women, identified as “Jane Doe” plaintiffs, allege Baylor was indifferent to or ignored claims …

Supplier Denies Listeria Was in Product Shipped to Blue Bell

A supplier of cookie dough that Blue Bell Creameries blamed for a possible listeria contamination of some of its ice cream said that its product tested negative for the pathogen before it was sent to the Texas-based company. Blue Bell …

Hurricane Ike-Damaged Roofs to Get Repaired — 8 Years After Storm

Blue tarps that still cover hundreds of storm-damaged homes in Houston — including some houses battered by Hurricane Ike in 2008 — could finally be gone thanks to a new city program that’s promising to perform long-overdue roof repairs. In …

Blue Bell: Ice Cream Safe Despite Potential Concern

Blue Bell Creameries is seeking to reassure customers that its ice cream in safe, even as the Texas company tries to determine whether listeria has again been found at one of its plants. Blue Bell is in in the midst …

Death Toll in Storm-Lashed Texas Rises to 6

The death toll rose to six in Texas as more bodies were recovered on Oct. 31 after another band of strong storms and heavy rain spawned three tornadoes and dangerous flooding in the waterlogged state. It was the second day …

Blue Bell Says Listeria Source Likely Found at Oklahoma Plant

Blue Bell Creameries says it has likely identified the source of listeria contamination at its Oklahoma plant, but it may not be able to pinpoint a single source for the problem at its Texas plant. The Texas-based company gave the …