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Since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson there has been an outcry from activist around the country for uniform cameras on police officers. It’s a pilot program Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland kicked off a year ago. Houston’s top cop says he would also like to see cameras on more uniforms but he simply doesn’t have the money in his budget. McClelland says the cost to equip officers with the cameras will be $8 million dollars and it will be up to Mayor Annise Parker and the City Counil to come up with the money.

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I was shocked this week when I looked at my dry cleaning bill. What I noticed was an additional charge of $5.25 on my bill for an item listed as an ‘environmental fee’ on the receipt. I was livid and immediately thought this was some type of scam. But as I did more research I found a Texas law that allows dry cleaners to charge us what I call this extra tax in addition to the state and local taxes we already pay. What’s so frustrating about this fee is on a bill that’s $35, it’s higher than state and local taxes put together. We’ve been hit by the man once again. Here’s what I was able to find on the law:

“In 2003, the Texas Legislature established the Dry Cleaner Remediation Program. The program, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, establishes registration requirements, fees and performance standards for dry cleaning facilities and distributors,” the website says. “Some dry cleaners have chosen to pass along the costs of this program to their customers in the form of higher rates for services while others have decided to separately state a line item charge on the invoice or receipt given to their customers for ‘Environmental Fees’ or something similar.”

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Flood Watch Remains In Effect Through 7pm Cdt Thursday…
The Flood Watch Continues For
* A Portion Of Southeast Texas…Including The Following Counties…

Austin…Brazoria…Brazos…Burleson…Chambers…
Colorado…Fort Bend…Galveston…Grimes…Harris…Houston…
Jackson…Liberty…Madison…Matagorda…Montgomery…Polk…
San Jacinto…Trinity…Walker…Waller…Washington And Wharton.
* Through Thursday Evening

* A Tropical Air Mass Combined With An Upper Level Disturbance Will Cause Wide Spread Showers And Thunderstorms. Some Areas Have Already Received 1 To 3 Inches Of Rainfall The Last Couple Of Days Which Has Saturated Grounds. Some Storms Will Be Capable Of Rainrates Of 2 Inches An Hour Which Could Overwhelm Drainage Basins Causing Flooding. Storms Will Also Be Moving Slowly And Could Move Over Areas That Received Heavy Rainfall Further Adding To The Flood Threat. Area Bayous May Quickly Respond With Rapid Rises. Overall The Area Could See Another 1 To 3
Inches Of Rain With Isolated 5 To 6 Inch Amounts.

* Timing – Heavy Rainfall Could Begin As Early As 5am To 7am Cdt Thursday But Most Likely Later In The Morning Between 8am And
10am Cdt. Heavy Rainfall Threat Should Continue Into The Afternoon With Most Storms Dissipating With The Loss Of Day Time Heating In The Evening.

* Most Likely Area For Heavy Rainfall Will Be From College Station To Houston. Areas North Of This Line Are More Likely To Receive Heavy Rainfall But Coastal Areas Cannot Be Ruled Out Due To The Large Amounts Of Tropical Moisture For Storms To Develop.

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It was Tuesday afternoon when I decided to pull the arrest record of the Minnesota Viking’s star player who’s at the center of a firestorm.

I went online to the Montgomery County District Clerk’s website and Adrian Peterson came right up.

The electronic data included his indictment, bond conditions, and arrest report.

After viewing the documentation for a while I noticed something disturbing that also stood out.

I noticed the information released by the clerk’s office could be a gold mine for an identity theft thief on the prowl.

The documents not only contained Peterson’s name and date of birth but it gave the multimillionaire’s driver’s license and social security numbers.

Give that critical and sensitive information to the dumbest criminal and they could open credit accounts, buy a car, or even a house in the name of Adrian Peterson.

We alerted Peterson’s legal team immediately.

The spokesperson (Mary Flood) for the case was shocked and outraged.

The next day because it was after business hours we decided to contact the clerk’s office in Montgomery County.

The secretary at the office admitted they made a mistake but when the actual clerk was asked about the release of the sensitive information she simply said no comment.

When I decided to check the information online again after alerting the clerk it was gone.

Instead of the criminal file containing six documents there were only two and visibly missing was the record showing Peterson’s social security and driver’s license numbers.

Montgomery County criminal defense attorney Rick Bass says typically this type of sensitive information is blocked online with all defendants.

All of this comes just days after Peterson was arrested for going too far with disciplining his 4 year old son at his Woodlands estate last May.

Peterson was indicted on injury to a child which carries a two year prison sentence if convicted.

This security breach with Peterson’s personal information came just hours before the Minnesota Vikings suspended the star running back.

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BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

The lawsuit against LaBelle alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for his family to pick him up outside one of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport in March 2011, when LaBelle’s bodyguard and two others attacked him. King had just arrived in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.

King sued LaBelle; Zuri Edwards, LaBelle’s manager and son; Efrem Holmes, her bodyguard; and Norma Harris, her hair dresser.

The trial is expected to last about a week. LaBelle, who was in court Tuesday, was expected to testify.

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A Harris County grand jury has indicted a man for murder for the 2008 death of a driver during a ‘road rage’ incident in east Harris County.

Kenneth Bowman, 25, has been charged with murder for the shooting death of Feliciano Concha-Maxinez on July 30, 2008.

That day, Feliciano Concha-Maxinez was driving home from a friend’s house. As he turned right onto Mesa Dr. from Beltway 8 North, he crossed the center line and almost struck a white Ford Taurus being driven by Kenneth Bowman. Bowman became angry and fired several shots from a 9 mm handgun at Concha-Maxinez’s SUV. One of the bullets struck Concha-Maxinez in the back of the head. He subsequently crashed his vehicle into a tree and later died at the hospital.

The case was investigated by the HCSO Homicide Unit in 2008. Several leads were developed but witnesses were uncooperative and the case was eventually transferred to the Cold Case Unit.

In 2012, Sergeants Robert Minchew and Eric Clegg with the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit began actively investigating the case. New information and witnesses were developed which led to Kenneth Bowman’s murder indictment on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Bowman is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas for a robbery charge. He will eventually be transferred to the Harris County Jail.

Since Sheriff Adrian Garcia reconstituted the Cold Case Unit in 2009, cold case investigators have been able to clear 22 cases and have been able to provide justice to 26 victims.

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WOMEN IN THE PIT
By: Joyce Sylvester
Directed by: Eileen J. Morris
PG – Drama
Runs:  Sept. 18 – Oct. 12, 2014

Folks of Mount Zion Baptist Church are pretty riled up! Two deacons and two elders charged with the selection of a new pastor are at odds with one another when it appears that the most qualified candidate is a woman! This exciting story addresses the age-old controversial issue of women in the pulpit!

Featured Cast Members: Wayne DeHart, Byron Jacquet, Jason Carmichael, JoAnne Davis Jones, Lisa Thomas-Morrison, Rachel Hemphill Dickson, and James West.

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On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Toyota will present Texas Southern University, (TSU) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) with a brand new hybrid vehicle to support the 2014-2016 athletic years. TSU and PVAMU are two of twenty-two select Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schools to receive a one-year lease of a Toyota Prius lift-back. The donation is in conjunction with the Toyota Green Initiative five-year partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will help schools to continue their commitment to sustainability. The vehicles will be used by school staff for campus-related athletic, administrative and facilities use.
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What:             Toyota Green Initiative, (TGI) Pep Rally and Vehicle Delivery to Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University 

Who:              James Colon, Vice President, African American Business Strategies Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
                       Dr. John Rudley -TSU President, Dr. Hasan Jamil, TSU Vice President, Dr. Charles McClelland, TSU Athletic Director | Mr.       Ashley Robinson, PVAMU Athletic Director, Ms. Alicia Pete, PVAMU Assoc. AD,  Dr. McFrazier, representative from the      president’s office
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When:          Thursday, September 18, 2014 | TSU 10:00 am | PVAMU 2:00 pm

Where:       Mike Calvert Toyota 2333 S Loop W Fwy Houston, TX 77054 – TSU Giveaway | Fred Haas Toyota Country 20400 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77373 – PVAMU Giveaway

Why:           The Toyota Green Initiative (TGI), is an environmental stewardship platform designed to educate HBCU students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. The program launched in 2010 and is currently in its fifth year. The vehicle donation will provide historically black institutions with a product that will help improve campus environment and promote sustainability to students, alumni and their surrounding community.