Jay R. Jordan
Jay R. Jordan
Writing about Houston for @chron 📫 DMs open for tips, also: jay.jordan@chron.com #ForTheHSource
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Teen who ran over 6 cyclists outside Houston walks free

Teen who ran over 6 cyclists outside Houston walks free

Immediately after harassing and running over six cyclists near Houston this past weekend, the teenager behind the wheel of the black truck had one thing on his mind, according to a witness: "Do you think I'm going to jail?" The answer, as it turned out, was no. The 16-year-old driver appeared to have been trying to "roll coal" on a group of eight cyclists training for the Ironman Triathlon, according to fellow cyclist Chase Ferrell. Ferrell was a few paces behind the group when the driver blew thick, black smoke on him as he pedaled along Old Highway 290 on Saturday morning. Moments...

Oct 6
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Masks urged for H-E-B shoppers - but not required

Masks urged for H-E-B shoppers - but not required

H-E-B will no longer require that customers wear masks, but they encourage shoppers to do so.Workers and vendors inside the store will still be required, however. The news comes after Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will end the starting March 10.THE LATEST:Here's H-E-B's full statement from spokesperson Lisa Helfman:"Although there is no longer a statewide mask order, H-E-B believes it is important that masks be worn in public spaces until more Texans and our Partners have access to the Covid-19 vaccine. As an essential service provider during the pandemic, H-E-B is focused on the health and...

Mar 2
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Big rig strikes Houston Avenue bridge, again

Big rig strikes Houston Avenue bridge, again

An all-too familiar traffic hazard blocked several lanes of Interstate 10 on Monday morning.A big rig appears to have struck the Houston Avenue bridge over the Katy Freeway around 10:20 a.m., according to Houston TranStar reports. The truck lost its load in the process, leaving debris in at least one lane.FINAL RIDE:The scene was cleared by 2 p.m., according to TranStar.Traffic cameras showed Houston police officers helping move traffic around the truck as of 11 a.m.Nature is healing. A truck has struck the Houston Avenue bridge — Jay R. Jordan (@JayRJordan)The bridge is notorious for being...

Feb 8
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Texas ends waiver for expired driver's licenses

Texas ends waiver for expired driver's licenses

If you've been putting off updating your driver's license, now is the time to take care of it.Gov. Greg Abbott suspended the requirement for Texas drivers to renew their license at the beginning of the pandemic, as economic hardship hit millions of Texans. That waiver ends soon.CORONAVIRUS:The waiver applied to most drivers licenses that expired on or after March 13, 2020. But come April 14, the state will again require those drivers to update their licenses.The Texas Department of Public Safety will expand the hours of driver's license offices all over Texas, including here in Houston....

Jan 26
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The untold story of Biden's 2019 trip to Houston

The untold story of Biden's 2019 trip to Houston

It was a secret well-kept by a select few, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and President Joe Biden.On the night of Sept. 12, 2019, Biden and nine other presidential hopefuls wrapped up a Democrat primary debate at Houston's Texas Southern University. It was one of several debates before Biden became the eventual Democrat nominee and president.REACTIONS:As the candidates were escorted from debate hall, police officers were pursuing men who had allegedly threatened a priest in an armed robbery about a mile away.Officer Taylor Roccaforte was attempting to arrest one of the men when...

Jan 20
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From marijuana reform to voting rights, 5 bills to watch in the Texas Legislature

From marijuana reform to voting rights, 5 bills to watch in the Texas Legislature

The 87th Texas Legislature is about to kick off come 2021.Based on some of the bills filed, legislators have already set the tone for what pieces of legislation will cause the biggest debates in Austin. Long have Democrats sought to legalize recreational use of marijuana and expand voting rights for disenfranchised Texans. Both will be up for discussion again this year.NEW LEADER:Here are those and other bills to watch when the legislature convenes in January.George Floyd, a former Houstonian, was killed by Minneapolis polic in May when officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for .His death...

Dec 11
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We have to save this baby dolphin in Galveston, y'all

We have to save this baby dolphin in Galveston, y'all

Find. That. Dolphin.The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network is asking the water-mobile public to help search for a particular dolphin calf photographed in the Houston Ship Channel with plastic wrapped around its body. The rescue group routinely helps stranded and injured water creatures like dolphins along the southeast Texas coast."Survival is otherwise unlikely," .brb omw to find that dolphin — Jay R. Jordan (@JayRJordan)Anyone who spots the dolphins is urged to take photos and record your GPS location. The group says it's important to stay at least 50 yards from the dolphin and let the...

Nov 17
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How did Houston bayous get their names?

How did Houston bayous get their names?

Have you ever wondered how Houston's bayous got their names?Most of us don't think twice about the bayous that make up the Bayou City, let alone their namesakes.Is there a secret buffalo shape hidden in the geography of Buffalo Bayou? Did a guy named Brays really just take a snooze by the water and then name the bayou after himself?The answers aren't that simple, as you'll discover below.Did buffalo once roam the banks of Houston’s central tributary?Local Houston historian Louis Aulbach thinks most certainly, yes, there were once thousands of buffalo that moved across the pre-Houston plains...

October 7, 2020
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How Houston and Texas politicians reacted to the presidential debate train wreck

How Houston and Texas politicians reacted to the presidential debate train wreck

Houston and Texas politicians have sounded off after Tuesday night’s .Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was all of us when he said we should abandon any other debates after any hopes of civil discourse broke down.We don’t need another debate. Please don’t put the country through this trauma again. That’s enough. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner)Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of Housing and Urban Development, had thoughts on how journalists treated President Donald Trump's outbursts.Trump throws a tantrum on stage and breaks every norm.Many media: “A heated...

September 30, 2020
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Houston police send off fallen officer’s son on first day of school

Houston police send off fallen officer’s son on first day of school

ByHouston police officers and other first responders send off Cooper Knox, the son of fallen HPD officer Jason Knox, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.Houston police officers and other first responders send off Cooper...The son of fallen Houston police officer Jason Knox was given a police escort to his first day of school Tuesday.in the early morning hours of May 2. Knox was a tactical flight officer.Cooper Knox, who started first grade in Cypress today, was greeted by police officers, firefighters and his own neighbors as they sent him off.Cooper’s father was a classic police car aficionado and...

September 8, 2020
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