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Man who once sued UT for racial discrimination will now receive statue on campus


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A man who once sued the University of Texas for racial discrimination will now be honored by the state’s largest college. Also, the former first lady of Houston couldn’t be happier about it. Elyse Lanier told that she has been going through her late husband’s papers. Mayor Bob Lanier died more than five years after leading …

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Harris County and Houston order schools to delay in-person learning until Sept. 8


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston and Harris County health officials have ordered that all public and non-religious private schools remain closed to in-person instruction until at least Sept. 8. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement with health officials during a joint briefing Friday morning. The announcement comes one day after the CDC released …

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Doctor stricken with COVID-19 learns to walk again after long recovery


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas — After 37 days fighting for his life on a ventilator, Dr. Joseph Lashley is slowly learning to walk, talk and dress himself again. The 50-year-old ER doctor, who had no pre-existing conditions, contracted COVID on the front lines at a hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. The virus weakened him to the point that he couldn’t even stand on …

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Houston woman’s act of kindness sparks awareness on need to help others


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston native is helping people who are homeless or in need of food by purchasing community refrigerators. In just two days, Nina Mayers raised about $1,900 to buy the refrigerators. Besides those who are homeless, many families struggled to put food on their table as unemployment increased in the U.S. “I could not just sit …

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13-year-old turns bow ties into big business


July 25, 2020

KATY, TX — Brice Everhart is only 13 years old, but he looks more like a CEO. Dressed to the nines and carrying a briefcase, this teen has a passion for fashion. He started his menswear line, Vallaire’s for Men, at the age of eight. The young entrepreneur first began his business as a way to help his family financially …

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Federal officials enter former Chinese Consulate accused of spying


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — After 40 years of operating in Houston, sandwiched between a neighborhood bar and the busy Montrose Blvd., the Chinese Consulate closed Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. The closure caps off a stunning turn of events that focused international attention on the consulate in the heart of Houston. Friday morning, dozens of protesters from the Fa Long …

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Officials say they need nearly $200 million more to bridge digital divide


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — With many schools starting the academic year with virtual learning, the digital divide is still a big concern. Some districts, like HISD, have already delayed in-person learning, meaning they will only have school virtually. Virtual learning requires student have access to a computer and an internet connection. The concern is if students don’t have a computer, …

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13 Investigates finds COVID-19 testing limited on evening, weekends


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — When one of Deric Smith’s co-workers tested positive for COVID-19, he knew he wanted to take his family to get tested. Smith typically works from 6 a.m. to at least 4:30 p.m. but decided to use a sick day Friday to sit in line at Cullen Middle School and get tested. “I just heard about this …

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METRO board approves $1.8 million payment for frontline workers during COVID-19


July 25, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas — The board of directors for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County approved a one-time $1.8 million payment for workers who have been on the frontlines during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Titled the “COVID-19 Service Recognition Program”, the board of directors voted unanimously to approve the payment, worth the equivalent of $150 per week for full-time …

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