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Law Enforcement Grapples with School Threats, China Targets U.S. Natural Gas, Texas Guard Charged in Death of Inmate, And More

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Wednesday, September 18, 2018

Law enforcement grapple with school threats both fake and real

FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner addresses reporters at a press conference for the #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Several students in the greater Houston area have been taken into custody this week for threats of violence or possession of firearms. One student in Galveston and another in Conroe have been found with guns on campus in recent days, and on Tuesday a student at Clear Falls High School was taken into custody for a threat posted online.

Meanwhile, local law enforcement agencies are reminding students they treat fake threats as seriously as real ones.

As part of a new FBI campaign, Houston students are reminded not to make false threats on social media using the tag "#ThinkBeforeYouPost."

"These hoax incidents are continuing to grow and we have to get our arms around it," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner. "We need to educate the community and encourage people, the kids, to stop and also encourage parents to get engaged to encourage their kids to stop."

Area law enforcement — including Harris County deputies and Houston school police — are also participating.

 

China targes liquified natural gas

Texas natural gas is now on China's list of American goods facing a 10 percent retaliatory tariff – just the kind of thing the energy industry worried that growing trade tensions could lead to.

China is the third-largest importer of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), most of it traveling overseas from an export terminal on the Texas-Louisiana border.

Similar facilities are in the works up and down the Gulf Coast and, as the trade war has escalated in recent months, the energy industry and Houston business leaders have warned the tensions could jeopardize LNG deals and the future of those multi-billion-dollar projects.

 

Texas guard charged in death of inmate

D'Andre Glasper has been charged with aggravated assault by a public servant.

A Texas prison guard is charged with assaulting an inmate who later died from his injuries.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) said Tuesday that D'Andre Glasper, who resigned from the job, has been charged with aggravated assault by a public servant.

Authorities say Glasper injured inmate Gary Ryan during an Aug. 30 confrontation in the showers of the Estelle Unit in Huntsville. Ryan hit his head on the shower floor and was flow, via LifeFlight, to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

In a press release, TDCJ said Ryan underwent surgeries to relieve the pressure on his brain. He remained in critical condition and died on September 12.

The department's Office of the Inspector General said the inmate had spit on Glasper earlier on Aug. 30 and that the guard was told to stay away from the prisoner.

The 22-year-old Glasper is free on a $50,000 bond. Court records didn't list an attorney for him.

 

As diversity grows in Fort Bend, a congressional race tightens

Texas' 22nd Congressional District has long been a safe Republican seat. But the race between incumbent Congressman Pete Olson and Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni could be tight.

Fort Bend County makes up the bulk of the 22nd District. It's one of the most diverse counties in the country.

 

A preview of the new Menil

If you were lucky enough to be around in 1987 when The Menil Collection opened its doors as a "gift to the people of Houston," you may remember the exhilaration that event inspired.

Collectors Dominique and John de Menil gave the city an art museum unlike any other: intimate, neighborly, unpretentious and spiritual in the way that the artwork was presented – somehow, the space encouraged personal connections between artworks and visitor.

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