Senate committee approves bill ending tuition set-aside mandate

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Higher Education Committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would end the practice of requiring colleges to use some tuition revenue to offset the cost of tuition for other students. Called “set-asides”, this program was approved in the wake of tuition deregulation in […]

Hospital leaders discuss impacts of Obamacare in Fort Bend County

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Leaders of the four largest hospital systems in Fort Bend County discussed various issues and challenges they are facing amid all the turmoil in the nation’s healthcare industry during a State of Healthcare forum held Wednesday at Safari Texas Ranch by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Over the course of […]

Tornado hits Stafford, Missouri City damaged by winds

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com A brief but fierce storm blew through the region Valentine’s Day morning around 8:45 a.m., including a tornado that caused property damage in Stafford but did not injure anyone. “It went from west to east on the north side of Stafford down Greenbrier,” said Jennifer Taylor, Stafford’s emergency management coordinator. A […]

A friendly nudge led me to the Grand Master of Adventure and a lifetime of reading

When I was a boy of about 12-13 years old growing up in the village of Niwot, Colo., my town had a tiny strip shopping center and in the far back was my favorite store. It was a bookstore that sold new and used books and I believe it was called the Niwot Book Emporium. […]

Senate committee hears abortion regulation bills

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Three bills aiming to restrict certain practices related to abortions came before a Senate panel on Wednesday. Two deal with the disposition of fetal tissue, and one would add new requirements to a controversial procedure. Health and Human Services Committee Chair Charles Schwertner of Georgetown said it’s […]

Senate committee hears abortion regulation bills

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Three bills aiming to restrict certain practices related to abortions came before a Senate panel on Wednesday. Two deal with the disposition of fetal tissue, and one would add new requirements to a controversial procedure. Health and Human Services Committee Chair Charles Schwertner of Georgetown said it’s […]

Equipment and training protect law enforcement from active shooter situations

By S. Barot For the Fort Bend Star Following several national cases of firearm-related attacks on law enforcement, the Sugar Land Police Department (SLPD) invested in active-shooter ballistic vests to thwart officer fatalities. City Council approved the purchase of 52 vests in 2016. At $425 per vest, they will be worn mostly by the patrol […]

Fathers must rise up to the challenge of being a dad

Who are these kids and why are they calling me Dad? There are four of them and I can’t seem to get away. Backing away slowly or making a mad dash, it doesn’t matter. They always seem to find me. Seriously though, being a dad is the greatest thing in the world. I just wish […]

Senators challenge Astrodome plan

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Houston-area lawmakers held a press conference Tuesday to announce the filing of a bill to require a proposed renovation to the historic Astrodome be put to the voters. In September, Harris County commissioners approved a plan to spend $105 million to renovate the structure, but lawmakers today […]

Haralson to lead Memorial Hermann Southwest and Sugar Land hospitals

Gary Kerr Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Herman Southwest set to retire July 2017 Memorial Hermann has announced Greg Haralson as the new Senior Vice President (SVP) and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, in addition to his current role as SVP and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Haralson will succeed […]

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