‘I was able to get one of them out’: Witness tearfully recounts moment he tried to save 22-month-old killed in cement truck crash in Houston
A man who witnessed a horrific crash that claimed the life of a 22-month-old in east Harris County recounted the moments he saw the cement truck falling off an overpass, eventually landing on a family’s vehicle.
GOP donor described botched vote fraud probe in recording, prosecutors say
The call discussing a "citizen’s arrest" occurred days before an investigator working for donor Steven F. Hotze’s nonprofit in Houston allegedly rammed a van and held an air-conditioning repairman at gunpoint in a futile search for bogus ballots, a new court filing details.washingtonpost.com
A Texas county didn’t count 10,000 ballots. Now the parties are at war over who’s to blame.
After elections officials in Harris County, Tex., admitted they failed to count 10,000 mail-in ballots in the March 1 primary, Democrats and Republicans have gone to war over who is to blame for a litany of elections shortfalls in the nation's third-most populous county.washingtonpost.com
Austria suspends Covid-19 mandatory vaccination law
Austria suspends its mandatory Covid-19 vaccination law just a month after the legislation took effect in an EU first. Minister Karoline Edtstadler explains the government's decision, saying that just like the virus itself, it will remain "flexible and adaptable".news.yahoo.com
Texas county official to resign after problems with primary
The election administrator in Texas’ most populous county submitted her resignation Tuesday following problems with last week’s primary, including about 10,000 mail ballots that weren’t counted the day of the election, issues with voting machines and a lack of poll workers. Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria announced during a meeting of county commissioners she would resign on July 1. Longoria said she took responsibility for the problems during last Tuesday’s election in Harris County, where Houston is located.news.yahoo.com
Texas county finds 10K uncounted ballots from primary day
About 10,000 mail ballots were tabulated but not counted in Texas' most populous county on the day of last week's election, officials said, adding to the delay in determining some winners in the nation's first primary of the 2022 midterms. Election officials in Harris County, home to Houston, said late Saturday that an “oversight” led to 10,000 ballots not being counted. “While the votes were scanned into our tabulation computer, they were not transferred and counted as a part of the unofficial final results as they should have been,” the Harris County Elections Office said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Why Russia appears to be losing the information war to Ukraine
Moscow is increasingly using harsh tactics to control information about the war in Ukraine, such as banning Facebook and passing a law that could jail journalists and others for promoting what it calls "fake news" about its military. Chris Krebs, former director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, joined CBS News' Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers to discuss the latest developments.news.yahoo.com
Texas still working through rejected ballots after primary
Texas Republicans promised new voting rules would make it “easier to vote and harder to cheat.” Republicans broadly expressed satisfaction with the debut of the tougher rules and looked ahead to November, when another provision under Texas' sweeping new law will give expanded powers to partisan poll watchers.news.yahoo.com
Rejected mail ballots, confused voters: Texas’s restrictive new law casts shadow over primary
Democrats and voting rights advocates predicted for months that Senate Bill 1, as the new law is known, would make it harder for some Texans to vote and for election officials to do their jobs. Tuesday’s primary made clear that, in some respects, those predictions have come true.washingtonpost.com
Houston highway project sparks debate over racial equity
A $9 billion highway widening project being proposed in the Houston area could become an important test of the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing what it has said is a history of racial inequity with infrastructure projects in the U.S. The project’s critics, including community groups and some residents, say it won’t improve the area’s traffic woes and would subject mostly Black and Latino residents to increased pollution, displacement and flooding while not improving public transportation options. Its supporters counter the proposed 10-year construction project that would remake 24 miles along Interstate 45 and several other roadways would enhance driver safety, help reduce traffic congestion and address flood mitigation and disaster evacuation needs.news.yahoo.com
Shooter opens fire at Boise shopping mall, killing two before exchanging fire with police
A gunman opened fire at a mall Monday in Boise, Idaho, leaving four people injured and two dead. Police arrived on scene within minutes and exchanged fire with the suspect, leaving the shooter in critical condition. Carter Evans reports.news.yahoo.com
3 Children Found Abandoned, Skeletal Remains of 4th in Houston House of Horrors
TwitterHouston cops carrying out a welfare check on an apartment found a nightmare: three siblings abandoned and living with the skeletal remains of a fourth.“A very horrific situation out here, very tragic,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a Sunday press conference. “I’ve been in this business a long time and I had never heard of a scenario like this. It really caught me by surprise.”The surviving children were ages 15, 10, and 7, and they had been living in “deplorable conditions” fonews.yahoo.com
Three valet workers killed by driver fleeing officer who caught him doing doughnuts
“We’re talking about three individuals who were just out here working," said Sean Teare, chief of vehicular crimes with the Harris County district attorney’s office. "They were out here doing their job.”washingtonpost.com
Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall on Texas coast
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center says it touched down on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. (Sept. 14)news.yahoo.com
‘They had him by his face’: Elderly Asian man mauled by two pit bulls in Texas
A 67-year-old Asian man in Harris County, Texas, suffered critical injuries after falling victim to two loose pit bulls that viciously attacked him during a morning walk last week. What happened: The victim, who has not been identified, was strolling in the 4300 block of Queens Retreat Drive when the pair of pit bulls crossed the street to attack him. It took place in the front yard of Elmer Levigne, a former deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.news.yahoo.com
Texas takes mask mandates fight to state Supreme Court
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton (R) has vowed to take Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to ban face mask mandates to the state's Supreme Court, as COVID-19 cases surge across the state.Driving the news: Paxton's announcement just before midnight Friday follows three defeats in the lower courts on the enforcement of Abbott's May executive order prohibiting government entities in the state, including public schools, from requiring masks.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets.news.yahoo.com
Texas judge allows Harris County to temporarily defy Gov. Abbott's mask ban
A Texas district judge granted Harris County’s request for a temporary order that prevents the enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's recent executive order banning face masks mandates in public schools, according to the Houston Chronicle.Why it matters: The order allows the county to temporarily enforce mask mandates for students and school faculty as COVID cases continue to tick up throughout Houston.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: Abbottnews.yahoo.com
Texas jail inmates hungry, shivering during unusual freeze
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office denied it had restricted inmates' access to food and water in the days following the storm. The jail in Harris County has long been the subject of legal action due to overcrowding. Civil Rights Corps won a settlement in a lawsuit to ensure that most misdemeanor defendants in the Harris County Jail don’t languish behind bars because they can’t afford bail. In late January, a federal judge expressed frustration over what she called a lack of progress in efforts to relieve overcrowding at the Harris County Jail during the pandemic. In a court filing, nine inmates described the facility as a “metal can of contagion.”“A lot of people are just stuck, nothing is moving,” said Gundu, of the Texas Jail Project.
Family of Texas boy who died during winter storm suing power companies for $100M
The law firm of Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is representing the Pineda family in the lawsuit over the death of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda. “Common sense tells you the weather played a part in his death,” Buzbee said. “What’s interesting about this whole ordeal is what these power providers and ERCOT knew long before many of us knew it,” Buzbee said. Entergy released the following written statement about the lawsuit: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in our community. We are unable to comment due to pending litigation.”Our sister station, KPRC 2, has also asked ERCOT for a statement regarding the lawsuit.
Appeals court declines to ban Houston drive-thru voting
Victoria Houptman-Bryan joins demonstrators as they stand across the street from the federal courthouse in Houston, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, before a hearing in federal court involving drive-thru ballots cast in Harris County. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON – A panel of federal appeals court judges has rejected an eleventh hour Republican effort to bar Election Day drive-thru voting in Houston. The court hadn't been asked to invalidate votes already cast at drive-thru sites in the area. “Hopefully it's all over now.”Attorney Jared Woodfill, a former Harris County GOP Chairman representing those opposed to drive-thru voting centers, noted that county Clerk Chris Hollins has shut down all but one of the county's 10 drive-thru locations for Election Day. "We have stopped the illegal voting on Election Day because Mr. Hollins has shut down drive-thru voting in all locations but one,” Woodfill said.
Judge rejects GOP effort to throw out 127,000 Houston votes
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON – A federal judge on Monday rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic. The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, where a record 1.4 million early votes have already been cast. Another 20,000 or more voters were expected to use drive-thru polling locations Tuesday, said Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, the county's top elections official. Harris County offered 10 drive-thru locations as an option for its nearly 5 million residents amid worries of spreading the coronavirus. More than 40% of Harris County residents are Latino, and about one in five residents are Black.
Despite virus fears, Texas sends most voters to the polls
With an election official looking on an elderly voter uses the drive-thru option to vote outside Richardson City Hall during early voting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Richardson, Texas. Texas is one of just five states that did not dramatically expand mail-in voting this year because of COVID-19. Long lines were common at polling sites across Texas, as were masks, although voters are not required to wear them inside polling places. Travis County, which includes the state capital of Austin, will also offer extended hours at select locations during early voting. Upping the ante is the chance to flip the Republican-controlled Texas State House of Representatives.
Houston leaders call for city lockdown amid virus case surge
HOUSTON Top officials in Houston are calling for the city to lock back down as area hospitals strain to accommodate the onslaught of patients sick with the new coronavirus. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, both Democrats, said this weekend that a stay-at-home order is needed for America's fourth largest city to cope with the surge of COVID-19 cases. State health officials reported 8,196 new cases Sunday, another 80 deaths and a total of 10,410 people hospitalized due to the virus. On Friday, Abbott extended a statewide disaster order that warned Texans another shutdown might be needed if the virus spread isnt contained. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Sandeep Dhaliwal made history and was loved
Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot "from behind... at least a couple of times" while conducting a traffic stop, officials said. (CNN) - For the residents of one of the largest communities in Texas, Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a lot more than a law enforcement officer. This week, Dhaliwal was gunned down in midday during a traffic stop, in "a cold-blooded manner, ambush style," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a press conference. Another member of the center told the affiliate Dhaliwal was an "essential element" of their community. "He treated his brothers and sisters in law enforcement as if they were just brothers and sisters.
Imelda leaves 2 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped
Some areas of South Texas have seen more than 33 inches of rainfall from Tropical Depression Imelda. Further along the Texas Gulf Coast, authorities at one point warned that a levee could break near Beaumont in Jefferson County. Thousands of other drivers were at a practical standstill on narrowed lanes near flooded banks. Imelda is the first named storm to impact the Houston area since Harvey hovered for days and inundated the flood-prone Gulf Coast. Following Harvey, Texas Gov.
3 siblings overcome by waves drown while swimming in Texas
Google Maps via CNN(CNN) - Three siblings died after they were overcome by waves while swimming in Texas. The four children between ages 7-13 were swimming at Sylvan Beach in LaPorte on Thursday night. One of them resurfaced and the bodies of the other three were recovered from the water, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. The children, all siblings, likely went beyond a water safety buoy, Gonzalez said. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Suspect in Maleah Davis case indicted
Derion Vence, who initially reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis missing, was arrested and booked into the Harris County jail in May on suspicion of tampering with a human corpse, according to police. (CNN) - A grand jury in Texas has indicted a man who was already facing a charge in connection with the death of Maleah Davis, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Derion Vence, the girl's mother's former fianc, was indicted on a charge of tampering with the four-year-old's body, District Attorney Kim Ogg said. Vence, 27, was arrested May 11 on suspicion of tampering with evidence - the same charge he was indicted on. The search for Maleah moved to Arkansas after the suspect allegedly confessed to community activist Quanell X, who visited him in jail last week.
Photo of deputy resting after spending hours rescuing flood victims goes viral
HOUSTON – A photo of a Harris County deputy sleeping after putting in hours of work rescuing flood victims has gone viral. The photo was posted by the Texas Sheriff’s Deputies Facebook page. “This deputy worked 12+ hours thru the night, doing high water rescues. Much respect sir!” Texas Sheriff’s Deputies posted on its Facebook page. First responders have been working day and night rescuing people from their flooded homes and vehicles.