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Galveston Firm To Build Section Of Border Wall, New Selena-Themed Shopping Bags, Early Voting Totals, And More

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Final early voting turnout high

Election signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.

855,711 people in Harris County voted early in the midterms, including both in-person and mail-in ballots. By Thursday last week, turnout surpassed the entire number of votes cast in the 2014 midterms.

This year’s turnout broke records and approached totals from early voting in the 2016 presidential election.

Election day is Tuesday, November 6. News 88.7 will have live coverage of the results starting at 7 p.m.


Galveston company tapped to build section of border wall

Ground views of different border wall prototypes as they take shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on the U.S./Mexico border south of San Diego, California.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has selected a Galveston-based construction company to build part of the wall between the United States and Mexico.

The company, identified as Slsco Ltd by CBP, also known as SLS Construction, is contracted at $145 million to build a six-mile-long levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley. CBP says construction will begin in February.


New animal shelter expected to double county’s capacity

Harris County breaks ground on a new animal shelter Monday.

The county announced the new 48,000 square foot facility will double its capacity to care for the 18,000 animals it receives each year. The facility will be built on existing county property and expand by 7.9 acres.

The campus will include a medical clinic, cat and dog housing, a walking trail, and four large dog parks.


HEB bringing back Selena-themed shopping bags

San Antonio-based grocer HEB announced a new run of reusable grocery bags featuring the Tejano singer Selena.

Last time the store released Selena-themed bags, they reportedly sold out in minutes, and some re-sold on online for up to $50.

HEB says the new bags will go on sale in December.


Ahead of election day, Paxton holds lead on Nelson

Attorney General Ken Paxton appears to hold a firm lead over his Democratic challenger, Justin Nelson. That's despite the fact that Paxton is under indictment for state securities fraud charges.

The latest UT/Texas Tribune poll gives Paxton a 12-point advantage over Nelson. That's tighter than Governor Greg Abbott's lead over former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez or Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's over businessman Mike Collier. But it suggests statewide Republican support for the incumbent AG is holding strong, despite a well-funded advertising blitz by Nelson.