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The Best Of Katy > Local News August 31, 2009

Houston Chronicle

Man dies after being run over in southwest Houston
A man who was run down as he tried to walk across a street in southwest Houston has died.
2 die in weekend head-on collision 31 minutes ago
Police said that the crash occurred in the 4400 block of North Eldridge Parkway about 3 a.m. Saturday.
Houston police: Man killed in self-defense stabbing
No charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man who police say was trying to protect his mother when he fatally stabbed the woman's boyfriend during a fight. Houston police said the woman's son stabbed Bruce Simmons, 49, about 9:20 p.m. on Friday in the 6300 block of Skyline Drive. Simmons was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Former Perry aide takes $260,000-a-year job at A&M
Jay Kimbrough, an ex-chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, has been hired as a special adviser to Texas A&M System regents.
Police: ID thief targets Walmarts in check scam
He uses information to make counterfeit checks and driver's licenses. Most of his victims are from the Houston area.

The Katy Times

Church to host community picnic, back to school events Mon Aug 31 9:15am EDT
Crosspoint Community Church is hosting two events to welcome students back to school. The church will sponsor a community picnic Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at Seven Lakes High School.
BKDD approves same tax rate, lower revenues Mon Aug 31 9:15am EDT
Brookshire Katy Drainage District residents may see a slight decrease in their property taxes this year. The board of directors voted Monday morning to approve the same tax rate of 9.3355 cents per $100 in property value.
Local leaders, legends support hero's gala Mon Aug 31 9:15am EDT
The Gary Tilton Firefighter Training Fund held its second annual benefit gala Saturday night at the Falcon Point Country Club.
City plan implements goals for water conservation Mon Aug 31 9:15am EDT
Katy Mayor Don Elder Jr. (second from left) presents the Katy Elks Lodge No. 2628 with a proclamation declaring Sept. 7-13 as National Patriotism Week. Also pictured are Elks ER Walter Marx (left) and Americanism chairpersons Darlene and Michael Crisamore.
Harris County sheriff to host town hall meeting, Shred It Mon Aug 31 9:14am EDT
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to serve the community Saturday by sponsoring two different activities, a town hall meeting and a Shred It event.

The Katy Sun

Katy expects revenue to drop nearly $400,000 next year 1 hour, 19 minutes ago
Despite expecting to take in $353,550 less in revenue in the upcoming fiscal year, the city of Katy is committed to holding steady on city services that residents rely on, the city’s finance director said Monday.
Police in brief Mon Aug 31 11:49am EDT
Over the Limit and Under Arrest On Aug. 20, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy G. Davila was in the 13000 block of Little York when he saw a speeding vehicle unable to maintain a single lane of traffic. AFter stopping the car, Davila smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath. The driver identified failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Clay Road Substation.
New education task force meets Tuesday Fri Aug 28 12:34pm EDT
The new education task force formed by two state lawmakers from Katy will meet for the first time Tuesday.
Sheriff’s office to host ‘Shred-It’ event Saturday Thu Aug 27 2:19pm EDT
The Harris County Sheriff’s Department is offering residents a chance to get rid of their personal documents without risking identity theft.
Schools in brief Thu Aug 27 11:19am EDT
Meet the coaches event set for Aug. 29 West Memorial Junior High School will be hosting a Meet the Coaches on Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

11 News Houston

Boaters rescued off coast of Freeport 1 hour, 35 minutes ago
Three fishermen are counting their blessings after the Coast Guard rescued them about 30 miles off the coast of Freeport on Sunday.
Low humidity means you can let your hair down, Houston Mon Aug 31 10:47am EDT
If you don’t have outdoor lunch plans, well, you may want to make some because it’s going to be a nice day in Houston.
2 Houston libraries deliver books to cars Mon Aug 31 10:32am EDT
Two busy branches of the Houston Public Library are offering delivery service to vehicles after wannabe readers use the Internet to make their requests.
Houston woman's killer dies of apparent natural causes on death row Mon Aug 31 10:03am EDT
A convicted killer on Texas’ death row for nearly three decades has died in prison, prison officials said.
Shuttle Discovery arrives at space station Mon Aug 31 10:02am EDT
Space shuttle Discovery pulled up and docked at the international space station on Sunday night, delivering a full load of gear and science experiments.

ABC 13 Houston

Have your books brought to your car Mon Aug 31 11:51am EDT
Two busy Houston libraries whose small, jammed parking lots have frustrated patrons are trying out a novel approach to staying relevant
Last day for HISD's superintendent Mon Aug 31 7:36am EDT
After leading HISD for several years, Dr. Abe Saavedra is saying goodbye
Recycling efforts resume in Galveston Mon Aug 31 7:21am EDT
Residents in Galveston can once again can recycle plastic and cardboard
Motorcyclist critically injured in wreck Mon Aug 31 7:06am EDT
Police say he slammed on his brakes, slid and ended up lodged in a boat trailer, dragged for 50 feet
Galveston Island hit by tornado Mon Aug 31 6:51am EDT
A water spout turned into a tornado and tore through part of Galveston Island
Galveston County Daily News
SFISD set to OK budget with deficit Mon Aug 31 11:03am EDT
SANTA FE Santa Fe school board members are expected to approve a budget that could have a deficit of up to half a million.
Waterspout causes damage near seawall in Galveston Mon Aug 31 10:49am EDT
GALVESTON The National Weather Service confirmed a waterspout came ashore in Galveston on Sunday damaging buildings, knocking out power and injuring three people.
Woodard hired as president of north county chamber Mon Aug 31 10:49am EDT
Get to know the new president of the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce, Kim Woodard.
Federal bench could return full time to island Mon Aug 31 10:49am EDT
GALVESTON Galvestons full-time federal judgeship, which was transferred after the unceremonious departure of Samuel B. Kent, could return within two years.
Educators take steps to ward off swine flu spread Mon Aug 31 10:49am EDT
Schools across Galveston County are stepping up education and sanitation efforts in hopes to stave off a repeat of swine flu outbreaks that interrupted classes.

KPRC Local 2 Houston

Hurricane Stronger, Heads For Mexico's Los Cabos
LOS CABOS, Mexico -- Extremely dangerous and strengthening Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Monday, prompting emergency workers to set up makeshift shelters and chasing away an international finance conference.
Farmers' Almanac Predicts Numbing Cold This Winter
LEWISTON, Maine -- Americans, you might want to check on their sweaters and shovels -- the Farmers' Almanac is predicting a cold winter for many of you.
US Seeks To Oust Man Over Nazi-Era Charge
WASHINGTON -- An 88-year-old Michigan man accused of helping the Nazis during World War II faces deportation after the Justice Department filed court papers against him.
Conroe Man Sentenced For Child Porn
HOUSTON -- A Conroe man has been sentenced to prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, KPRC Local 2 reported Monday. Josiah Samuel Stevens, 22, was ordered to spend five years in prison without parole. He will be on a lifetime term of supervised release following his prison stay.
Disney To Buy Comic Book Powerhouse Marvel For $4B
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.

FOX 26 Houston

Libraries to Deliver Books to Vehicles
Two busy Houston libraries whose small, jammed parking lots have frustrated patrons are trying out a novel approach to staying relevant — books by delivery.
Austin Theft Suspect May Be in Houston
Austin police are asking for help from residents in the Houston area to find a suspect in a series of thefts since he may also be from the area.
Suspect Search: Jorge Guerrero
This weeks Predator Check is in search of a suspect accused of hurting a little girl and then running away when police got too close. There's a reward for his capture.
Man Fatally Shot Outside Nightclub
A shooting left one man dead near a downtown Houston nightclub.
Motorcycle Rider Hurt in Trailer Crash Mon Aug 31 9:32am EDT
A motorcycle rider is in critical condition after he was dragged under a trailer for almost 50 feet.

KIAH-TV Houston

Have an Affair Anywhere Tanker Sun Aug 30 11:37pm EDT
An empty 18-wheeler tank truck is traveling the nation encouraging people to have an affair on their husband or wife.
New Driving Laws in Texas Sun Aug 30 11:07pm EDT
On Tuesday September first a lot of new laws go on the books, and many of them could impact your life.
Missing Boaters Found Alive Sun Aug 30 10:53pm EDT
They Survived 8 Days At Sea On Crackers They Survived 8 Days At Sea On Crackers
Happy Hour for the Hungry Sun Aug 30 10:52pm EDT
The Houston Food Bank has a happy spin on fundraising. Happy Hours for Hunger is a new way for Houstonians to have a night out, and help fund the Houston Food Bank.
Katrina Four-Year Anniversary Sat Aug 29 10:58pm EDT
Victims Unveil Explosive Report Against FEMA Today marks the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Displaced victims who settled here in Houston gathered today not only to recognize some unsung heroes, but also to unveil an explosive report criticizing the government's handling of Katrina evacuees.

Houston Business Journal

Fed: Manufacturing positioned to improve
Activity in Texas factories continued to contract in August, but did so at a slower pace, marking what may be a turning point toward a more active manufacturing sector in Texas. That's according to a new six-month outlook report on manufacturing the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released Monday.
Index: Thousands of oilfield jobs lost
The slumping oil and gas job market will continue to lose jobs, according to the latest Texas Petro Index, released Monday.
Kinder Morgan to buy Crosstex assets
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP has purchased the natural gas treating business of Dallas-based Crosstex Energy LP and Crosstex Energy Inc. for about $266 million. (KMP)
Texas school districts to receive $62.8 million in disaster funds
Texas will funnel more than $62.8 million in reimbursements to school districts for the cost of repairs incurred as a result of Hurricane Ike and for lost funding resulting from school closures due to the H1N1 outbreak in the spring.
Huntsman bids for Tronox assets Mon Aug 31 10:47am EDT
Chemicals maker Huntsman Corp. has submitted a $415 million “stalking horse” bid for some assets of Tronox Inc. (HUN) (APC)
Comcast to air Houston-area high school games, NFL RedZone Fri Aug 28 11:47am EDT
Comcast Corp. has created two new program options for Houston-area sports fans.
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