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Remains Found During Search for Missing Girl, Red Light Camera Lawsuit Reaches Texas Supreme Court, And More

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Remains found during search for missing girl

The College Station Police Department says investigators in the Houston area have found the remains of a small child.

Investigators found the remains as part of the search for 2-year-old Hazana Anderson, who has been missing since Sunday.

At a press conference Wednesday, College Station Police Chief Scott McCollum said the remains have not yet been identified and it may take several weeks to do so.

McCollum said his department isn’t releasing additional details right now and asked for patience as the investigation continues.

 

Texas Supreme Court to hear arguments in Montgomery Co. red light camera case

The Texas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a class action lawsuit taking on red light cameras.

Residents of Willis, Texas, a small town just north of Conroe, say red light cameras are unconstitutional, and that the town didn’t do the proper engineering studies required by law before installing them.

Their case has now made it to the Texas Supreme Court after an appeals court decided the engineering study requirement was a regulatory requirement and the city did not set out of its authority when installing the cameras.

Governor Gregg Abbott has taken up the issue of red light cameras in the past; getting rid of them is one of the four main recommendations from Abbott’s recent safety and security report.

 

Studies show higher recurrence rates after minimally invasive surgery for early-stage cervical cancer

Minimally invasive surgery for early-stage cervical cancer is associated with higher recurrence rates and worse overall survival, two studies out of MD Anderson show.

As a result, MD Anderson said it is no longer offering minimally invasive surgery for early-stage cervical cancer.

The researchers say women who have undergone the minimally invasive surgeries should talk to their doctors. MD Anderson says the researchers are also doing a follow-up study to see what other procedures may be impacted.

 

New effort aims to grow pipeline of Latino leaders in education

Alma Guerra works with her kindergarten students at Bruce Elementary School.
Half of all students in Greater Houston are Latino, but only 2 percent of board members of local education nonprofits are Latino.

A new group in Greater Houston wants to grow the pipeline of Latino leaders in education, starting with the nonprofit world that pumps millions of dollars into learning.

While half of all students in the region are Latino, only 2 percent of board members for education nonprofits are. At the same time, only 11 percent of Latino students in Greater Houston are graduating from high school ready for college. These are gaps that a new group, Latinos for Education, wants to close.

 

What Houstonians need to know as ACA enrollment opens 

An expert in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, thinks that the roughly 350,000 people who live in the Houston metropolitan area and have individual coverage through it will enroll again this year.

Open enrollment in the ACA starts this Thursday, November 1.

Houston-based non-profit Community Health Choice is one of four local health insurance providers offering ACA plans. In an interview with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin, CEO Ken Janda explained people can enroll on the government website healthcare.gov, as well as on Community Health Choice’s website, and the websites for other providers.

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