Last week the Houston Rockets made a stunning move by trading Chris Paul for 2017 NBA MVP Russel Westbrook, reuniting him with previous Oklahoma City Thunder teammate James Harden.

The Rockets send Paul to OKC along with two first-round draft picks and the right to switch picks in two additional drafts.

Continuing to make moves, the Rockets agreed to terms with Tyson Chandler, a center who played last year for the Los Angeles Lakers.  They have also added former first overall NBA Draft pick Anthony Bennet, offering him a non-guaranteed contract.

This Thanksgiving week, expect to see some major delays around the Houston-area roadways. It is expected that more than four million Texans will travel for the holiday, almost a five-percent increase than in 2017.

The heaviest traffic is projected for Monday on Beltway 8 East and on 249 to US-59 at 3 p.m. Traffic is expected to be nearly three times more hectic than is usual.

Also on Monday, the Southwest Freeway should see a 23-percent surge in traffic around 5 p.m.

As we head into Tuesday the I-45 (The Gulf Freeway) could experience a 73-percent rise in travelers around 2 p.m.

On I-10 East, around 5:30 p.m., traffic is supposed to be 44 percent busier than normal.

Then, at 6:45 p.m., roads will carry twice the volume as does the regular commute on I-45 North.

Your best time to hit the road is early on Thanksgiving Day.

Credit KTRK-TV Best and worst times to hit Houston freeways this Thanksgiving holiday week

Jose Altuve’s fourth consecutive All-Star start is almost in the books, as he continues to lead the entire MLB with 3,405,815 votes.  The Houston Astros second basemen is currently the leading all major league players in votes received and joins the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts as the only players to surpass 3 million.

Altuve is looking to join elite company with Rod Carew, Roberto Alomar, and Robinson Cano as the only AL second baseman to win fan elections four consecutive years.

You can vote for the Astros HERE until Thursday, July 5 at 10:59 p.m.

After a dominant win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the Houston Rockets head to Oakland, California to battle the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

The Rockets tied the series at 1-1 with the leadership of James Harden and Eric Gordon, each scoring 27 points, and significant contributions from the team’s roaster.

On Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m., the Houston Rockets open the Western Conference finals with the goal of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. The Rockets won a franchise-record 65 games this season. James Harden, Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni have appeared in a grand total of five NBA Finals games, with no championships.

“It’s going to be a great series,” James Harden said. “You have two high-powered offenses, two extremely talented teams. We expect it to be a great showdown. They have a lot more experience. We’re fine with that. We’ve been having that great mindset all year, just go out there and be the best Houston Rockets team we can be and letting things play out.”

The Utah Jazz took Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Houston Rockets.  After taking a big first half lead, the Jazz pulled away late to win 116-108.

The two teams are now tied 1-1 in the second-round, best-of-seven series, which moves to Salt Lake City for Games 3 and 4, Friday and Sunday night.

Perhaps the greatest highlight of the night came when James Harden slapped a heckler’s phone out of his hand.

…Or that moment when the same Jazz fan taunted Harden earlier and he flinched at the agitator, as teammate Nene Hilario gave him a little push on the shoulder to back him off.

Following NCAA men’s college basketball tournament selection, Texas had seven teams in the field of 68.  Only twice before has a single state had as many teams make the tournament—California in 2002, and Texas in 2010.  With the Final Four set to be held in San Antonio, much of March Madness was brimming with a Lone Star infusion.

By the Second Round of tournament play; Stephen F. Austin, University of Houston, TCU, University of Texas and Texas Southern had all been eliminated.  The remaining Texas hopefuls are Texas Tech, the third seed in the East Region, and the West Region’s seventh-seeded Texas A&M.

The Sweet 16 kicks off at the end of this week.  Texas A&M will face the University of Michigan on Thursday, March 22 at 7:37 p.m., while Texas Tech battles Purdue on Friday, March 23 at 9:57 p.m.

Early voting for the Primary in Harris County begins on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. and continues through March 2.  The General Election for the Republican and Democrat Primary will be Tuesday, March 6.

According to the Harris County Elections website, the hours for early voting in the Primary are as follows:

  • Feb. 20 – Feb. 23: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 24: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 25: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 26 – March 2: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

There are 46 early voting locations in Harris County.  They include: Inside I-610 Loop, Outside I-610 Loop and Outside Beltway 8 Loop.

Notable races include:

  • U.S. Senator (incumbent is Ted Cruz)
  • All U.S. House of Representatives
  • Governor (incumbent is Greg Abbott)
  • Lt. Governor (incumbent is Dan Patrick)
  • Several state seats
  • All State House Seats
  • Most State Senate Seats
  • Half of the county Seats

The people of Southeast Texas experienced a year of constantly shifting emotions:

  • February – Houston hosts Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.  The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the first-ever Super Bowl game decided in overtime.  The Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit, making it the largest comeback in NFL history.
  • August – Hurricane Harvey devastates Southern Texas, becoming the costliest tropical cyclone recorded, imposing nearly $200 billion in damages.  Harvey is the rainiest tropical cyclone on record in the US, resulting in flooding that submerged hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.  Amidst the heartache of Harvey, Houston showed strength, character and resilience.
  • November – When a town appeared down and out to the rest of the world, Texas rallied behind the Houston Astros as they earned the state’s first World Series championship in the team’s 56-year history.
  • December – For the first time since 2009, Houston wakes up to snow!

With 2017 in the books, many people anticipate the New Year as an opportunity for positive growth and change.  A great way to revamp quality of life is to find a new job.  Recently, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities, ranking the various areas according to job-market strength.  The good news: if you’re in Texas, you are likely able to stay put.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low of 4.1 percent and hiring is on the rise.  Additionally, the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicate employers will be hiring four percent more college graduates in 2018 than that of the previous year.

Of the 182 metropolitan areas included in WalletHub’s review, 16 cities are located in Texas; with 11 in the top 50 percent.

Source: WalletHub
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