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Nicole Cobler
Sep 28, 2022 - COVID

Long COVID is costing Texans thousands of dollars

A nurse tends to a patient in a hallway at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital in August 2021. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Long COVID is costing Texans thousands of dollars more than the rest of the country, according to new data from health care company Nomi Health.

The big picture: Long COVID symptoms can vary and include brain fog, fatigue, organ damage, chest and joint pains, loss of senses of smell and taste, cough, headache, and gastrointestinal and cardiac issues.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Sep 28, 2022 - Politics

Governor's race ads dominate Texas TV airwaves

Data: Wesleyan Media Project; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Texas airwaves have the most political ads for a governor's race, according to a data-rich report by Wesleyan Media Project.

State of play: Campaign-season TV ads in Senate, House and gubernatorial races are breaking records for negativity, writes Axios' Mike Allen.

What to plant this fall in Houston

My out-of-control garden is still producing cucumbers, okra, peppers, and eggplants. Photo: Shafaq/Axios
Shafaq's out-of-control garden is still producing cucumbers, okra, eggplants and peppers. Photo: Shafaq/Axios

Third-year gardener Shafaq here.

Driving the gardening: I'm planting my fall/winter garden now that it's bearable to be outside.

Jay R. Jordan
Sep 28, 2022 - News

GOP holds up Harris County budget

Illustration of the GOP logo with animated typing ellipses, as if the elephant is thinking.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Harris County's two Republican commissioners were again a no-show yesterday for a key budget vote.

Why it matters: Harris County Commissioners Court needs four of five members present to approve the upcoming year's tax rate and accompanying budget, which starts Oct. 1.

10 festivities to celebrate fall in Houston

Illustration of a fall leaf holding a pumpkin spice latte.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Houston doesn't experience consistent, crisp sweater weather or autumnal foliage. But you can still celebrate the season!

Here is a list of some of the best fall activities and festivals.

Texas AG flees his home to avoid subpoena, court filing claims

Ken Paxton, Texas attorney general, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, US, on Friday, Aug. 5.
Ken Paxton, Texas attorney general, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas in August. Photo: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) fled his home on Monday to avoid being served with a subpoena in a lawsuit related to abortion rights funding, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Of note: Paxton tweeted that he left with his wife, Republican state Sen. Angela Paxton, in order "to avoid a stranger lingering outside my home and showing concern about the safety and well-being of my family."

Asher Price
Sep 26, 2022 - News

Key Texas lawmakers open to abortion ban exceptions

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan handling the gavel
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan handling the gavel last year. Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

Key Texas Republicans are now signaling openness to giving victims of rape or incest access to abortions.

Driving the news: At the Texas Tribune's TribFest on Friday, a long-serving Republican state senator said he'd be open to a carve-out for rape — and the Texas House Speaker said he expected lawmakers would revisit the issue.

Draw your perception of Houston

Gif of the text "Draw your neighborhood" with a map being drawn.
Play a neighborhood game with us. Illustration: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Have you ever quibbled with friends over where one neighborhood ends and another begins? Think you know Houston better than other Axios readers? Now you can prove it.

Our visual storytelling team came up with a game in which you can draw what you think are the boundaries for your local neighborhoods and compare your answers to those of other Axios readers.