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Starting Thursday, May 21, 2015, and continuing through September 7, 2015, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, in conjunction with both state and local law enforcement agencies, will increase No Refusal Operations and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Enforcement on the roadways of Montgomery County and on Lake Conroe.

BWI Boating Demonstration – May 21, 2015 at 2pm: please join these law enforcement agencies for a Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Enforcement demonstration on Lake Conroe on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 2pm at the Texas Parks & Wildlife / Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constable’s – Lake Office, 14336 Hwy 105, Conroe, TX 77304.  This Office is behind the US Coast Guard Auxiliary building on Hwy 105.  *Members of the Press will be allowed to briefly ride along with officers on enforcement boats if they so desire. 

Recently release TxDOT data shows that in 2014, Montgomery County had the highest fatal DWI crash rate for larger counties in the State of Texas.

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Update: Family and Friends the HomeGoing Services for Dr. Edith Clark will be at Evangelist Chapel AME Church 3401 Hondo Houston, Texas 77051 Saturday May 30, 2015 Viewing is 9-11 and Funeral 11-1. Final Resting Place will be Tuesday June 2, 2015 at Houston ‘s National Cemetery on 10410 Veteran’s Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77038 at 2:00 pm

Many are mourning the loss of Houston legend Dr. Edit Clark.

The 89 year old died after a battle with breast cancer.

She also served as the President of the Sunnyside Advisory Council and was a well known activist and cosmetologist in Houston.

A trust fund has been set up to help pay for Dr.  Clark’s funeral expenses.

If you can help follow the information below:

A Trust Fund have been set up for Dr. Edith Clark for Funeral Arrangements. Donations can be sent to Chase Bank : Edith Clark Account # 67676760056 or Checks can be wrote in Dr. Edith Clark’s name and sent to Skipper Lee and Son’s Eternal Rest Funeral Home. If you would like to Donate flowers only two or three spreys are allowed at the V.A. cemetery other flowers can be sent to 4406 Davenport Houston, Texas 77051. If any questions please do not hesitate to call Cynthia Pharms at 713) 557-8100

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Statement from HFD: “ Mr. Scott Niles has been found guilty on two counts of a Class A misdemeanor (Terrorist Threats to a Public Servant).  Mr. Niles has been on administrative leave with pay during the investigation. In light of conviction, the HFD will be moving forward with administrative action in accordance with our policy.”

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U.S. Rep. John Culberson and METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia today announced an agreement paving the way for future transportation solutions to address the growing needs of the region and the nation’s fourth most populous city.
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The agreement prioritizes the development of commuter rail for the US 90A/Southwest Rail Corridor (SWRC) and requires METRO to receive voter approval before expanding rail on either Richmond Avenue or Post Oak Boulevard. It also focuses on METRO’s efforts to purchase new buses, expand METRO Park & Ride and improve HOV lanes, further enhancing region mobility.
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Garcia praised the announcement as historic. “It is time for something like this to happen because the needs of mobility are extraordinary. It crosses all political persuasions and it crosses all socio-economic lines.”

The agreement outlines several key provisions, including:

Support of a state governance bill with a regional focus
$190 million in Federal Transit Authority funding for future transit projects
Prioritization of 90A commuter rail
$587 million in matching transit credits
$300 million in federal funds over three years for buses, Park & Ride expansion and HOV improvements
METRO’s agreement to not oppose changes to federal or state law to memorialize the cooperative agreement
No rail on Richmond Avenue west of Shepherd Drive or on Post Oak Boulevard north of Richmond unless voters approve
Support the will of the voters
“What today symbolizes is a new era of cooperation and agreement with METRO,” said Culberson. “We all agree that Houston has grown more than any other city in the country because of our strong economy. As people move here, it makes our transportation problems even more acute.”

U.S. Rep. Al Green was also on hand for today’s announcement. “If we wait until we have gridlock, it is too late. This is a great opportunity for us to start a new spirit of cooperation,” stated the congressman.

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Hazel and Lawrence Jackson Sr.

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Friday night dozens of people came out in Missouri City to remember and celebrate the life of Lawrence E. Jackson by raising money to send more kids to college.

The event was held at the Missouri City Country Club.

The Lawrence Edward Jackson, II Foundation was organized as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization to assist eligible students pursue their dreams to study music. The Foundation honors
the life of Lawrence E. Jackson, II, the son of Hazel and Lawrence Jackson. Lawrence was a graduate of the Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From the age of five, Lawrence had an extraordinary love and appreciation of
music.

Lawrence was a graduate of Southern University and was a member of the “Human
Jukebox” Band thought his college career. Lawrence had a servant’s heart and could usually be
found helping others less fortunate than him.

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Fox 26 news has learned an event celebrating the opening of the new light rail line will cost $400,000.

But the good news is the public transportation company says the cost of the celebration on May 23rd won’t come out of your pocket.

Jerome Gray with Metro says the funds were raised through private donations which inclcludes some contractors who worked on the light rail line. 

The cost to bring in top shelf acts like Ne-Yo and Frankie J is $100,000 alone. 

The weekend celebration is also free and open to the public.

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Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

He was 89.

His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.

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FOX 26 news has learned tonight the principal of Westbury high school is also the subject of a criminal investigation.
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As you know Jason Catchings was fired by HISD Board of Trustees Thursday evening.
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But we have also learned the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit is also investigating Catchings.

Now, our reliable source tells fox 26 news if there are charges Catchings may not be the only one who goes down.

We’re told the embattled principal presented proof to investigators in the form of emails that a higher up at HISD ordered him to chang the grades of several students at Westbury.

The stumbling block investigators face is there is no policy at HISD to address grade fixing according to our source.

Those looking into the case are trying to find a way to proceed with possible criminal charges.

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FOX 26 NEWS HAS LEARNED A  SUGAR LAND PLANT WHERE 5 PEOPLE WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION WILL NOT RE-OPEN AFTER BEING CLOSED NEARLY A MONTH NOW.

IT WAS BACK IN APRIL WHEN WE FIRST REPORTED THERMO-FISHER SCIENTIFIC SHUT DOWN ALL SUGAR LAND OPERATIONS AFTER SOME OF THEIR WORKERS WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION.

NOW, THE COMPANY CONFIRMS THEY WILL NOT RE-OPEN THE SITE SPEEDING UP A TIMELINE TO MOVE ITS OPERATIONS TO MASSACHUSETTS AND THE U-K. A SPOKESPERSON TELLS FOX 26 THERE WERE OTHER INSTANCES OF CONTAMINATION FOUND IN THE BUILDING.

THE TEXAS HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS OVERSEEING THE CLEAN UP.

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT:

On Tuesday, April 14, radiological material was released during the dismantling of a gauging device at the Sugar Land facility.

The health and safety of our employees and the community is our top priority. We initially closed the facility while we conducted additional testing to determine whether any contamination spread beyond the initial area into other parts of the facility, as well as vehicles and homes. We are working with the individuals affected to remove any residual radiological material.

In addition, we are committed to screening all employees present at the site around the time of the incident, as well as appropriate personal property, for exposure related to the April 14 incident. Results to date indicate that no employee was exposed to radiation in excess of regulatory limits as a result of that incident.

In the course of screening the facility, we have identified contamination that may stem from previous incidents. As a result, we are conducting further testing and evaluation to identify, characterize and confirm the source.

We continue to cooperate with the state agency investigating this incident.

We previously announced a decision to discontinue manufacturing operations at Sugar Land by early fall 2015, transfer manufacturing to our Franklin, MA and Winsford, UK sites and relocate remaining staff to a new site in Texas.

We have informed employees that we will accelerate this process and will not reopen the Sugar Land facility. We will take appropriate steps to support the employees impacted by this decision.

Media:

Karen Kirkwood, VP of Public Relations and Corporate Communications

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More veterans struggling to deal with old demons will soon have another place to lay their heads at Camp Hope.

Groundbreaking got underway at the P T S D Foundation of America this afternoon in north Houston.

The organization has been able to raise over 200 thousand dollars to build a new facility that will contain 4 – 7 room units for veterans and their families.

The fundraising effort, which totals over 200 thousand dollars, was spearheaded by Gringo Tex Mex owner Russell Ybarra and talk show host Michael Berry.

Ybarra also surprised the organization with another $100 thousand dollar check today.

The new Russell Ybarra Home for Heroes is expected to be completed in January 2016.