Articles by Juan A. Lozano

Economist: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact Will Guide Future Development in Houston

A Houston business group said on Dec. 8 that Hurricane Harvey’s biggest long-term impact on the nation’s fourth-largest city likely will be on where and how new homes and structures are built. The results of Harvey’s flooding will likely guide …

Texas’ Harris County OKs Post-Harvey Flood Construction Rules

Officials in a Texas county devastated by Hurricane Harvey have approved new regulations on building construction in flood-prone locations, rules they touted as the nation’s toughest for a major metropolitan area. The rules taking effect Jan. 1 in unincorporated parts …

Nearly 894,000 Texans Apply for FEMA Harvey Aid

Nearly 894,000 people in Texas met this week’s deadline to register for federal disaster assistance to help them recover from Hurricane Harvey, with more than $1.4 billion in funding approved so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. But officials …

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 …