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Houston Mayor To Discuss Safety At Jack Yates High School, South Houston Asks For Relaxed Mercury Rules, And More

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Mayor to speak on safety at high school visit

Mayor Sylvester Turner sits down to lunch with Lamar High School students and local officials to discuss gun violence. The lunch was inspired by a letter he received from Lamar senior Elizabeth Nelson-Fryar,. pictured right of him.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Wednesday will visit Jack Yates High School, joined by HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.

The group will be discussing campus safety and other concerns with student leaders and administrators.

The visit comes after Turner met with student leaders at Lamar High School following a shooting near campus.


South Houston asks for relaxed mercury rules

The City of South Houston is asking the state to remove limits on the amount of mercury that can be dumped into Berry Bayou.

The city first applied for the change in 2017. Described as a “major amendment” in documents from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the application asks for the removal of mercury effluent limits.

If approved, South Houston would no longer have to test the levels of mercury discharged into Berry Bayou, which flows through the Sims and Buffalo bayous then out to the Houston Ship Channel.

TCEQ notified residents of a draft permit it was preparing earlier this year, and on Tuesday wrapped up public comment on the request, along with a public meeting on the issue.

Though TCEQ says the bayou is of “limited aquatic life use” and an initial review found existing water quality uses will be maintained, the city's application received dozens of comments, according to a TCEQ database. Most of those comments were against the request.


Texas executes member of Texas 7

Joseph Garcia, 47, was a member of a group of seven escaped prisoners implicated in the fatal shooting of 29-year old Irving police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, during a Christmas Eve robbery in 2000. He was executed by the State of Texas Tuesday night.

Garcia reportedly did not fire the weapon that killed Hawkins but was convicted under the state's Law of Parties, which allows for someone to be held responsible for another person's crime if he or she tried to help commit that crime.

Garcia's attorneys had sought a reprieve from Governor Greg Abbott over concerns of the pentobarbital used in Texas executions. They also argued the uncertainty over the drug was an 8th amendment ‘cruel and unusual punishment' that should be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.Four of the Texas 7 have been put to death, and two others remain on death row. One escaped inmate committed suicide before he was captured.

Garcia is the 22nd inmate executed this year in the U.S., the 12th in Texas.


PGA moves to Texas

The Professional Golfers Association is moving its headquarters from Florida to Texas to a 520-million dollar development outside of Dallas that will include a 500-room hotel, a large conference center, and two golf courses.

The first tournament at the new Frisco facility will be in 2023, with the PGA Championship scheduled at one of the two courses in 2027 and 2034.

The PGA of America has been based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for the last four decades.


Road closures due to Bush memorial services announced

Road closures on Riverway Dr. between Sage Rd. and South Post Oak Ln. will start Wednesday at 11 a.m. Traffic will also be closed on Sage Rd., between Tangle Lane and Woodway Dr.

Additionally, roads will close starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Woodway Dr., between Chimney Rock and North Post Oak Lane. Message boards will be deployed to announce road closures and updates.

"Traveling on Woodway between Chimney Rock and the West Loop is going to be very restricted. Only residents and business owners needing access into the area will be allowed beyond the road closures," HPD Executive Assistant Chief Matt Slinkard noted, adding that walk-ups to St. Martin's Episcopal Church will not be permitted.


A look at the custom locomotive taking former president George H. W. Bush to College Station

Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport the remains of President George H. W. Bush, along with his family and friends, from Spring to College Station. He will be buried at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

This has been a somber and emotional week for the Bush family with the death of former President George H. W. Bush. It's also been a week of hectic travel, with the family accompanying the coffin over thousands of miles by car and by plane.

But the former president’s last journey will be by train– Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport George H.W. Bush's remains from Spring to College Station.

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