Veteran lawmaker offers support for Judge Lina Hidalgo, recounts making similar decision
A retired lawmaker offered words of support for Judge Lina Hidalgo during Tuesday’s Harris County commissioner’s court meeting. This was the first meeting since Hidalgo announced she was taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for clinical depression.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo taking leave of absence to receive treatment for clinical depression
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Monday that she is temporarily stepping away from her elected position and has checked herself into an inpatient facility where she is receiving treatment for clinical depression.
Harris County Jail continues to fail compliance standards, according to new inspection report
Staffing issues, inmates spending more time in holding cells, staff not following medical orders, or seeing inmate patients in a timely matter continue to plague the Harris County Jail, according to a new state inspection report obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates.
Deer Park company at center of Ohio toxic wastewater disposal controversy provides statement after EPA puts pause on transport operation
The Deer Park company that reportedly agreed to receive millions of gallons of toxic wastewater used to fight fires during the Ohio train derailment has made a statement in regard to the pause placed by federal officials on their operation.
EPA immediately pauses toxic waste shipments from Ohio train derailment site to Harris County, officials announce
Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say they have put a pause on the shipment of toxic waste being transported from Ohio after a massive train derailment earlier this month.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says wastewater from Ohio train derailment has been in county for a week, will be treated at Deer Park facility
Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia said late Wednesday that a Deer Park company is being contracted to dispose of wastewater from the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announces $31.6M investment in job expansion, workers
Harris County Judge Hidalgo and Commissioner Rodney Ellis joined local leaders Tuesday morning to announce that $31.6 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to help expand the county’s workforce training efforts, according to the county judge.
Shelter-in-place order lifted for certain areas of west Harris County after chemical leak detected inside warehouse, officials say
Officials from multiple departments, including Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Fire Department are investigating a reported leak at a west Harris County warehouse Saturday morning.
Hidalgo’s chief of staff indicted in $11M COVID-19 contract controversy ‘to pursue new opportunity,’ judge says
Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Friday the decision by her chief of staff, Alex Triantaphyllis, to depart from his current role in early 2023 “to pursue a new opportunity.” Hidalgo’s office said Triantaphyllis, who was one of three staffers indicted in March in an $11 million COVID-19 outreach contract investigation, will continue his public service in a new role in the Harris County Office of County Administration.
Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer concedes, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo re-elected
Republican challenger Alexandra del Moral Mealer has conceded in the race to become Harris County judge, according to a statement released on her Twitter page. Judge Lina Hidalgo will now serve another term as county judge.
Jack Cagle, Tom Ramsey skip commissioners court for 3rd time as budget impasse continues
The impasse over the Harris County budget continued Tuesday with Republican commissioners skipping a meeting for a third time in a row, blocking the Democratic majority commissioners court from adopting a new proposed tax rate.
Houston Newsmakers: First-time candidate, political newcomer Alexandra Del Moral Mealer presses attack for Harris County Judge
IN THIS EPISODE: Alexandra Del Moral Mealer, the GOP Candidate running for Harris County Judge, talks about what led to her jump on the campaign trail with a goal to unseat incumbent candidate Lina Hidalgo.
Family of Roderick Brooks files federal civil rights lawsuit against Harris County officials after unarmed man killed by deputy
The family of Roderick Brooks announced on Wednesday the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against multiple Harris County departments and officials, including the deputy who fired the fatal shot that claimed the life of the unarmed Black man.
Judge Lina Hidalgo asking county attorney’s office to consider authority to require commissioners to attend court meeting
In an attempt to pass a budget for Harris County, Judge Lina Hidalgo said she is considering “any and all action” that would bring commissioners into Commissioners Court to allow a vote that she said would fund the budget.
WATCH LIVE: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to discuss possible impact of an underfunded hospital, health care system
Judge Hidalgo and public health officials are holding a news conference to discuss the possible impact on the health care system, as well as on other county districts, if the county does not make quorum at commissioners court Tuesday.
Judge Hidalgo taking legal action against state officials’ ‘false claims’ of defunding law enforcement in Harris County
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo called for a special meeting of the commissioners’ court Wednesday to authorize outside counsel to take legal action against state officials, including Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, in response to the comptroller’s recent claims regarding Harris County’s budgeting decisions under Chapter 120 of the Texas Local Government Code.
Trust Index: Is Harris County defunding the police?
Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott claimed in a widely circulated news release that Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and others in the county administration were engaging in what amounted to illegally defunding Harris County’s various policing agencies.
Harris County introduces $14.3 million initiative aimed at combating growing mental health crisis
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo along with Congressional delegates held a news conference on Thursday introducing a $14.3 million initiative aimed at combating the growing mental health crisis, especially among our adolescent and youth population.
Texas bans local, state government entities from doing business with firms that “boycott” fossil fuels
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar singled out financial firms under a 2021 state law that prohibits most state entities from contracting with companies that have reduced or cut investments in the oil and gas industry.
Child under 2 years old tests presumptive positive for monkeypox in Harris County, Judge Hidalgo says
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, along with the county and city health departments, and other medical community leaders, will provide a public health update Tuesday on the regional response to monkeypox and current vaccination efforts.
Judge Lina Hidalgo announces multi-million dollar Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids Initiative
On Wednesday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and members of the U.S. Congress announced a multi-million dollar initiative for Harris County’s youngest residents -- Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids.
Judge Hidalgo, Mayor Turner call growing number of monkeypox cases ‘public health emergency’ for Houston area, ask for more vaccinations
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner held a joint news conference Monday to discuss the growing number of monkeypox cases across the Houston area.
Judge Lina Hidalgo announces Harris County Public Health will start distributing vaccine for kids under 5
Judge Hidalgo provided an update Thursday on Harris County’s distribution of the recent FDA-authorized pediatric vaccines with Texas Children’s Hospital and Harris County Public Health Department.
Watch live: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis call for special legislative session to address gun violence
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioner Rodney Ellis will hold a news conference Tuesday morning calling for a special session to address the ongoing gun violence among children.
Judge Hidalgo provides update on county’s preparation for hurricane season, extreme summer weather
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discussed the county’s extreme heat preparedness following a meeting with officials from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Public Utilities Commission of Texas and Harris County Emergency Management.
‘Steel-caged death match’: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says she expects to be indicted in ongoing investigation
In a Wednesday morning tweet posted by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the 31-year-old made it clear that she expects to face criminal charges in an ongoing investigation involving the Texas Rangers and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
‘Time is running out’: Hidalgo urges child care providers to apply for relief fund program before deadline
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is urging child care providers across the county to take advantage of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funds before time runs out. Hidalgo is holding the discussion after visiting a child care facility Tuesday afternoon.
3 Hidalgo staffers indicted in $11M COVID-19 outreach contract investigation appear in court
Three senior staffers for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo made their first court appearance on Tuesday. The trio was indicted in an investigation surrounding an $11,000,000 COVID-19 outreach contract that was previously awarded to Elevate Strategies.
Three of Lina Hidalgo’s aides, including chief of staff, indicted in Harris County contract award scandal
The felony charges are misuse of official information and tampering with a government record. Hidalgo, who oversees Harris County, has the largest constituency of any elected Democratic executive in the state.
Weekly wrap: COVID fraud Investigation, Shady pool contractor, Appliance repair delays
A weekly wrap of the stories our KPRC 2 Investigates team is working on. Highlights include an investigation into a pool contractor accused of stealing from families. We also have the latest on the COVID fraud investigation and a look at thefts of guns in vehicles in Houston.
Officials discuss ways to reduce homeless animal population during pet breeding season
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioner Adrian Garcia joined the Harris County Public Health in an announcement Wednesday about the start of the pet breeding season and ways residents can support the Harris County Pets Resources Center.
Harris County commissioner calls for Judge Lina Hidalgo to have emergency powers revoked
Judge Lina Hidalgo was granted more authority under the state’s disaster declaration back at the state of the pandemic in 2020. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle’s proposal to strip the judge of her emergency powers failed in a 3-2 vote Tuesday afternoon.
Judge Lina Hidalgo encourages eligible residents to get 2nd booster shot to help make COVID-19 ‘a distant memory’
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke to the community Tuesday on the county’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and encouraged eligible residents to obtain their second booster as a new omicron variant emerges. Hidalgo was joined by Erica Brown, MD, MBA, FACHE, of Harris County Public Health.
Harris County contract investigation stretches out over 14 months, according to law enforcement
When the Texas Rangers executed search warrants at the offices and residences connected to members of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s inner circle on March 11, the takeaway was clear according to KPRC 2′s Legal Analyst Brian Wice.
‘Nothing but political theater’: Court docs reveal investigation of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s office, $11M COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract
Court records revealed new details about the investigation into Judge Lina Hidalgo’s office and a nearly $11 million dollar contract for COVID-19 vaccine outreach.
Texas Rangers execute search warrant at office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
The Texas Rangers executed a search warrant Friday at the office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Sources told KPRC 2 that the warrant was related to a contract for COVID-19 vaccine outreach, but no official word has been released.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo lowers threat level from Orange to Yellow
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Thursday that she is lowering the county’s COVID-19 threat level from Orange (Level 2) to Yellow (Level 3). Hidalgo cites lower hospitalization rates and COVID-19 cases dropping at a safer level.
Proposal for increase in minimum down payment for bail of violent offenders fails to pass
Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia will join the Harris County Bail Bond Board meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the agenda item requiring 10% minimum of assessed bail to be paid down for certain people accused of violent crimes.