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HISD Board Reinstates Interim Superintendent, Trump Rally Moved to Toyota Center, Retrial of Terry Thompson Begins, And More

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Houston Independent School District
Dr. Grenita Lathan.

HISD Board reinstates interim superintendent

The Houston Independent School District Board reinstated Grenita Lathan as interim superintendent during a special meeting held Thursday and approved a timeline by which the district could have a new, permanent superintendent by the end of April.

Referencing last week’s contentious meeting during which the Board approved hiring Abelardo Saavedra to replace Lathan, Trustee Elizabeth Santos said that personal drama got in the way of important work. The Board reversed its decision to hire Saavedra.

Houston schools have been without a permanent superintendent since Richard Carranza left in March to lead New York City Public Schools.

The Board also agreed on other measures, such as hiring an executive coach for its nine members and asking the Texas Education Agency to replace the state conservator over struggling schools.

Trump campaign
President Trump at a campaign rally.

Trump rally moved to Toyota Center

President Trump's upcoming rally in Houston has been moved to a larger venue.

The "Make America Great Again" event was originally scheduled for Monday evening at NRG Arena. That venue seats, at most, 10,000 people.

The Trump campaign says ticket demand prompted them to move the rally to Houston's Toyota Center, which has room for 19,000 people.

The President is coming to Houston to campaign for Senator Ted Cruz and other Republicans heading into the midterm election.

Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle
Terry Thompson.

Jury selection begins in retrial of Terry Thompson

Jury selection begun Thursday in the retrial of Terry Thompson for the death of John Hernandez at a Houston area Denny's restaurant last year.

Thompson is married to Chauna Thompson, a former deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office whose trial for the same case is scheduled to also start this week.

The jury selection process is expected to take two days and opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday.

Terry Thompson was first tried in June in the 2017 death of 24-year-old John Hernandez. It ended in a mistrial.

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A METRO bus.

METRO considering Park & Ride bus for Conroe

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is considering starting a Park and Ride bus service to Conroe.

Last year METRO approved a new policy that would allow the agency to operate buses outside of its service area if another entity agrees to pay for it.

METRO Vice President of Planning Kurt Luhrsen outlined plans for the Conroe bus before the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee this week.

Funding for the new commuter service would come from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) and the City of Conroe.


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