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Gubernatorial Debate Tonight, Harris County’s New Diversion Program, And More

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A weekend of Texas debates

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez will go head-to-head in a debate Friday night.

It will be held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, at 7:00 p.m.

The debate scheduled between Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his challenger Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) originally scheduled for Sunday has been postponed. 

 

Suspect fatally shot by Houston police

Houston police say a man in West Houston abducted and shot his ex-girlfriend multiple times. Police say the man also fired at officers.

The man was killed during a confrontation with police.

The woman is reportedly expected to recover.

 

Harris County launches diversion program

Stephen L. Williams, director of the City of Houston’s Health Department (center), attended a Sept. 25 event held at Attucks Middle School to launch the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative.
Stephen L. Williams, director of the City of Houston’s Health Department (center), attended a Sept. 25 event held at Attucks Middle School to launch the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative.

The City of Houston and Harris County have launched a pilot program to divert young low-level offenders from prison to treatment and wraparound services.

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), an initiative of the City’s Health Department, and the office of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis launched this week the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in an event held at Attucks Middle School, which is located in the Sunnyside area.

The program aims to help youth who commit offenses at school and on school property. Typically, those types of offenses lead to arrests, court expenses and short stays in supervised detention and confinement facilities.

 

NOAA: With more frequent rains, 100-year rain threshold raised

Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday released a study finding that in the Houston area, for instance, 100-year estimates increased from 13 inches (33 centimeters) to 18 inches (46 centimeters) for a 24-hour period. Rainfall previously classified as 100-year events are now more frequent 25-year events.

A 100-year storm is one that, on average, occurs every 100 years, or has a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year.

 

Protest truck on the way to Houston ahead of debate

The 'Trump Tweet Truck'.
The ‘Trump Tweet Truck’.

The “Trump Tweet Truck” is on its way to Houston and was already spotted in the Dallas area last week during the first debate between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke. A tweet of then presidential candidate Donald Trump criticizing Cruz during the 2016 campaign is prominently plastered on both sides of the truck.

The project’s organizer, Antonio Arellano, says he wanted to remind both Democrats and Republicans of Trump’s former political foe.

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Davis Land

Davis Land

General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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