Share X Listen 00:00 /31:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of his website.Texas Governor Greg AbbottGovernor Greg Abbott opened the Texas Republican Party convention in Dallas with a call for unity. He argued the state’s conservative values and legislative priorities would be in grave danger if Hillary Clinton won the presidency in November.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Abbott began by focusing on what he sees as some of the important tasks ahead for his administration and the Republican-led state legislature. He named priorities such as ethics reform, school choice, and access of transgendered individuals to bathrooms and other facilities.“The most recent example is the bathroom battle that the Obama administration is waging in North Carolina. Obama, Obama is turning bathrooms into courtroom issues. He is rewriting the Civil Rights Act to force states to bow down to Barack Obama’s political agenda.”Abbott cited his own record, as Texas Attorney General, of filing thirty-one lawsuits against the Obama Administration.“I didn’t file those lawsuits just to have Barack Obama’s liberal agenda extended by Hillary Clinton. Hillary will expand Obamacare. She will continue Obama’s open border and amnesty policies. And Hillary wants to take away your guns.”The governor spent the rest of his speech targeting Clinton’s record on issues ranging from abortion to energy to foreign policy. He saluted the conservative stance of Senator Ted Cruz, who Abbott had endorsed during the race for the party’s presidential nomination.“Now, Ted may have come up short, but that does not end the war. America does not have the luxury to get this election wrong. Republicans must unite to prevent Hillary from continuing the Obama agenda, from destroying our Constitution.”The one name Abbott did not mention in discussing the presidential contest was that of the apparent Republican nominee, Donald Trump. The New York billionaire has plenty of supporters at the convention, if not as many as Cruz. Winning over Cruz’s backers could be tricky, given the bitterness of the nomination fight. Trump’s supporters in Dallas are keeping their message simple. Most of them are wearing a sticker that says, “Vote Trump, Never Hillary.”
00:00 /00:56 Ed MayberryDevon Anderson concedes. Incumbent District Attorney Devon Anderson conceded the hotly-contest race just before ten Tuesday night. “Thank you. It has been my honor to be district attorney. I feel that we have changed the landscape of criminal justice, and what we have done is going to last for many, many years to come,” she said. Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016 Anderson’s statement to her supporters at the Houston Police Union Headquarters was short. She said the DA’s office will not significantly change, even as its leadership changes. “Prosecution is a calling. It’s a calling to seek justice, and it does not change with who the district attorney is. So please keep doing what you’re doing. Please keep making us proud every day. Please keep fighting for justice,” she said. Anderson came under fire after trial prosecutors in her office had jailed a rape victim in general population for almost a month to ensure she would testify against her attacker. X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
StoryCorpsSarah Churchill and her daughter Yomi Wrong at their StoryCorps interview in San Francisco.When Yomi Wrong was born in 1972, doctors told her mother, Sarah Churchill, the newborn may die during the night.Yomi was born with a rare genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, which causes bones to break under the slightest pressure.“Your skull was fractured; your arms, your ribs,” Sarah explained to her daughter at StoryCorps in San Francisco, Calif. Doctors told Sarah the best thing to do was to leave Yomi in the hospital because she probably wouldn’t survive.“There was no way that I was going to leave you there.”In the days following her birth, Sarah would spend the night with her newborn, mother and child together as one, sitting in a hospital rocking chair.“I remember our hearts touched each other.”Growing up with a rare genetic condition was tough for Yomi. She kept track of her bone fractures, but it got out of control.“I would fall or, I remember one time, one of my sisters dropped an orange on me, and that broke something,” Yomi remembers. “You could look at me too hard and I would break.”Courtesy of Yomi WrongSarah Churchill in the Bronx at a family gathering with her daughter Yomi in 1976.It was her mother’s love that kept Yomi strong. A love that she wishes she could have passed on to someone.“You know one of my regrets is that I didn’t have my own children,” Yomi tells her mom. “I think one of the biggest desires for wanting to mother is to be able to carry on this legacy of love that you started with me.”Though Yomi will turn 45 this month, she often thinks about what happened the day she was born. It was the day doctors told her mother that Yomi would be a burden if her family took her home. The day, Yomi says, her mother picked her.“You tell me often that you believe I picked you … but I also feel like you picked me. If you had walked away and left me there when I was born, nobody would have looked askance.”“I felt that you were a part of me,” Sarah says. “I knew that I made the right decision.”Audio produced for Morning Edition by Jud Esty-Kendall.StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Share Red, White and Blue hosts David Jones and Gary Polland talk with Houston education leaders about the quality of Texas schools, Hurricane Harvey impact data, child care deserts, and early education initiatives.With guests Carol Shattuck (Executive Director, Collaborative for Children), Andy Canales (Director, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation, Children at Risk), and HD Chambers (Superintendent, Alief ISD).
Share Photo provided by Houston Women’s MarchThe organizers of the 2018 Houston Women’s March say they not only expect Houston residents to participate, but also people who live in surrounding counties and even other parts of Texas.About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the 2018 edition of the Houston Women’s March –which is taking place this Saturday, January 20th— and the event’s organizers expect residents of surrounding counties and even other parts of Texas will also take part.Robin Paoli, one of the march’s organizers, said they are in contact with people from counties such as Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery, among others.Paoli added they also expect residents from Corpus Christi and San Antonio will participate in the march, which gathered approximately 22,000 people last year.A press release about the march notes it intends to help “organize progressives in Texas.”Paoli said the event’s organizers also “want to encourage more women and women of color, and people of color, to get involved.”The Texas Organizing Project and Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (FIEL, by its acronym in Spanish) are some of the organizations that will be represented in the event.The march will depart from 105 Sabine Street, near Buffalo Bayou, at 10:00 a.m. and end at City Hall, in downtown Houston.Officers with the Houston Police Department will guide the marchers and, once the crowd has arrived at City Hall, there will be a rally where Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner –as well as his predecessor Annise Parker— and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg are expected to make appearances.
Share Photo via Twitter @PolicyMapperThe Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences anticipates it could release the cause of death of Houston Councilman Larry Green sometime around the first week of April.The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) anticipates it could release Larry Green’s cause of death within four weeks, according to the Institute’s Forensic Investigations and Emergency Management office.Dr. Jason Wiersema, director of the Forensic Investigations and Emergency Management office, detailed in an email that the autopsy of the deceased Houston Councilman, who was 52 years-old, was performed on March 7 and “the determination of Mr. Green’s cause and manner of death is pending ancillary analyses.” Those analyses, including toxicology testing, are ongoing and “after this testing is complete,” Dr. Wiersema noted in his email “HCIFS expects to have the information necessary to classify the cause and manner of death within a 4 week period.”A visitation and reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at Sugar Land Mortuary, located in the 1800 block of Eldridge Road, as reported by KHOU-CBS Channel 11, while Green’s funeral will take place at Brentwood Baptist Church located in the 13000 block of Landmark St. on Monday, March 12, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Share Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday he does not support the use of a facility on Emancipation Avenue to shelter immigrant children who were separated from their families at the border.Turner said he met with Southwest Key representatives and asked them to reconsider.“Because if we facilitate these type of policies, then what do we do the next time?” he asked. “It becomes a little bit easier. And the next time, it becomes a little bit easier. And then one morning we will wake up and ask ourselves, what sort of society have we allowed ourselves to create?” Flanked by dozens of political, faith and community advocates, Turner said he has no issue with Southwest Key itself. The nonprofit runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters in Texas, Arizona and California, according to their website.”I don’t want our city to participate in this policy'” @SylvesterTurner says. “We draw the line and for me, the line is with these children.”#FamilySeparation— Houston Public Media (@HoustonPubMedia) June 19, 2018News 88.7 has reached out to Southwest Key for comment. We will update this post once we hear back.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.Eight candidates have filed for the Jan. 29 special election to replace former state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, while three have signed up for a separate special election — on the same day —to succeed state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office.The deadline was 5 p.m. Thursday to file to run in the two reliably Democratic districts.In House District 145, the crowded field is competing for the seat once held by Alvarado, who won a promotion to the upper chamber last month. The candidates include six Democrats, a Republican and Libertarian. Among the more prominent names:Democrat Christina Morales, a funeral home owner who is using the top operatives from Alvarado’s Senate campaign last monthDemocrat Melissa Noriega, a former Houston City Council member who took over the HD-145 seat in 2005 while her husband at the time, incumbent Rick Noriega, served in AfghanistanRepublican Martha Fierro, who finished third last month in the special election that Alvarado won to succeed ex-state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-HoustonThe other five candidates are Democrats Oscar Del Toro, Ruben Gonsalez, Elias De La Garza and Alfred Moreno, as well as Libertarian Clayton Hunt.Meanwhile, the special election in HD-79 is for the seat vacated by Pickett, who is resigning effective Friday due to health issues. The three candidates are Democrat Art Fierro, chairman of the El Paso Community College board; Democrat Michiel Noe, an outgoing member of the El Paso City Council; and Republican Hans Sassenfeld, an activist.Fierro has emerged with an early advantage in the race, earning the endorsements of every member of the El Paso delegation to the Legislature beside Pickett.Early voting in both races begins Jan. 14.This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share