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Advocates Keep Houston Homeless In Mind Because Of Cold Weather, Texas To Reinsert Hillary Clinton Into Curriculum, And More

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Advocates Keep Homeless In Mind Because Of Cold Weather

Near-freezing weather in the region has many residents concerned for the Houston-area’s homeless population. 

Harris County Precinct One opened a warming center Tuesday night at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church on Emancipation. A spokesperson said about a dozen people spent the night there and the center may also be open Wednesday night depending on weather conditions.

Volunteers passed out cold weather supplies and hot food as temperatures dropped. Outreach in the Barrio, a Houston-based volunteer group, raised $2,488 through a Facebook fundraiser for cold weather gear.

For the first time since 2011, the number of people living without shelter in Houston is up, according to the Houston Homeless Coalition’s latest survey. A big reason for that is Hurricane Harvey — 18 percent of people the group surveyed said the storm led them to homelessness.

Hillary Clinton.

Texas To Reinsert Hillary Clinton Into Curriculum

The Texas State Board of Education backed a motion Tuesday evening to reinsert Hillary Clinton into the state’s 11th-grade U.S. history standards, two months after voting to remove the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee from the state’s curriculum.

In a separate action Tuesday, the board backed restoring disability rights advocate Helen Keller to the state’s third-grade social studies curriculum standards.

Clinton’s deletion from the high school U.S. history curriculum appeared likely to stand Tuesday, as she was not mentioned during the public hearing of the board’s Tuesday meeting.

But after a lengthy discussion, the board voted 12-2 to back a motion to reinsert Clinton into the curriculum. A final vote on the issue will come Friday.

Austin Tice.

Trump Administration Believes Austin Tice Is Alive

Robert O’Brien, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, said this week the Trump administration believes a freelance journalist from Houston who went missing in Syria in August 2012 is still alive.

O’Brien spoke Tuesday about Austin Tice’s case at the National Press Club and said that “the United States government believes that Austin Tice is alive.” “We’re deeply concerned about his well-being after six years of captivity,” he added, although he didn’t provide any details.

Tice, 37, was taken captive in Syria in 2012 when he was covering the civil war in that country.

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