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Asher Price
30 mins ago - 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.

Jay R. Jordan
Sep 23, 2022 - News

Anti-LGBTQ group targets Katy church fundraiser

Protect Texas Kids was met by armed counterprotesters outside Dallas in August. Photo submitted by Steven Monacelli
Protect Texas Kids protested at a LGBTQ event outside Dallas in August. Photo courtesy of Steven Monacelli

A group of anti-LGBTQ activists will protest a fundraiser at a Katy-area church tomorrow, prompting a planned counterprotest by antifascists from Houston.

Driving the news: First Christian Church Katy is hosting a drag bingo fundraiser benefiting the ministry's Transparent Closet, a free boutique aimed at helping young people in the LGBTQ community in the largely conservative west Houston suburb.

Justin Kaufmann
Sep 23, 2022 - Sports

Game day bites for Houston vs. Chicago

Man in white shirt tried to tackle man in blue shirt holding football.
The December 2020 Texans vs. Bears game. Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The winless Texans are headed to Chicago to face off against the 1-1 Bears this weekend.

  • If you truly want your Week 3 game day party to feel authentic, you must have a few Chicago treats on the menu.
Shafaq Patel
Sep 22, 2022 - Business

How the Inflation Reduction Act could impact Houston

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Inflation Reduction Act is incentivizing energy companies to be greener, and Houston could be the center of the transition.

The big picture: Houston is the "energy capital of the world." The city's economic fate is not completely dependent on oil and gas anymore, thanks to industry diversification, but if Houston wants to keep that title and reap the economic benefits of it, it has to lean into sustainability and clean energy.

Jay R. Jordan
Sep 22, 2022 - News

The world celebrates Car Free Day — but not Houston

Illustration of a car with sad emojis instead of wheels
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

You probably wouldn't know it, but Thursday is World Car Free Day.

Driving the car-free news: The unofficial holiday is Sept. 22 each year when commuters are encouraged to try alternate forms of transportation.

Jay R. Jordan
Sep 22, 2022 - News

Texas is seeing a rise in deadly car crashes

Chart: Axios Visuals; Data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Chart: Axios Visuals; Data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The number of deadly wrecks across Texas continues to rise, according to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Threat level: The state recorded 1,014 traffic deaths from January 2021 to March 2021. During the same time period this year, 1,063 people died in traffic crashes — a 4.8% increase.

Shafaq Patel
Sep 21, 2022 - News

Korean Americans community survey released

A group of Asian Americans sitting in groups during a presentation.
Attendees at a recent Woori Juntos event. Photo: Nicole Ma/courtesy of Woori Juntos.

Korean Americans in the Greater Houston area are concerned about health care access, gun control, immigrant rights and education, according to a recent community survey.

Why it matters: This is the first time a survey like this has been conducted. Little quantifiable data of the Korean-American population in Houston or Texas exists.