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In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, Houston resident Alice Torres sits inside her home, which had been damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Torres says she has not unpacked boxes of belongings in her living room because she is still waiting for help from a city program to finish repairs in her home. This week, the state of Texas took over the program over what it says is slow progress the program has made in repairing homes. Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they're worried the takeover could lead to more delays. (AP Photo/Juan A. Lozano)

State takes over Houston's Harvey home repair program

Oct. 9, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again. But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Leslie Comardelle, former Arkema plant manager in Crosby, Texas, left and his defense attorney Paul Nugent, right, stand during the Arkema Inc. criminal trial at Harris County Criminal Courthouse in Houston. State Judge Belinda Hill on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, ruled prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges against Pennsylvania-based Arkema Inc. and ex-plant manager Leslie Comardelle. ( Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Judge tosses case over chemical plant fire during Harvey

Oct. 1, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire at its plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey, saying prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges. A day after she dismissed the charge...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Arkema CEO, Richard Rowe, listens during the Arkema Inc., criminal trial at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, in Houston. Judge Belinda Hill ruled Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, that prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charge against Rowe, dropping the case against him over a toxic fire at the company's suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Judge tosses case against CEO over plant fire during Harvey

Sep. 30, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The case against the CEO of a chemical manufacturer on trial over a toxic fire at the company’s suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 ended Wednesday after the judge concluded that prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charge. Judge...