Support for pay parity measure growsHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is holding town halls to try to convince voters that the city can’t afford Proposition B, a ballot measure that would tie firefighters’ pay to that of police. It’s turning into an uphill fight.Mayor Turner argues that full pay parity would cost Houston nearly $300 million, at a time when the city is wrestling with chronic deficits. But Turner is having a hard time getting voters to see this as anything other than attacking the firefighters. Monday, September 24, 2018 Share Threat shuts down Columbus ISDSchools in Columbus Independent School District will be closed Monday following a threat against the district on social media. Columbus ISD is 80 miles west of Houston. District officials did not release specific information about the reported threat made over the weekend. Students reportedly alerted parents about the post. Online tool answers questions on school safety, provides strategies This year, Texas schools have ramped up efforts to keep students safe, especially since the school shooting in Santa Fe. A new measure from several advocacy groups tries to make sure those efforts don’t ignore students’ rights.Students may wonder if they can be questioned without their parent or guardian, if they can videotape police on their cell phone. And what happens if they get charged with a misdemeanor at school?These are all questions answered in the new online toolkit called “Make My School Safe” from Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights Texas and the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy at Texas Southern University. 3D gun advocate jailedEric Gay/APCody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas. A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The owner of a Texas company that sells plans for 3-D printed guns has been released from the Harris County jail on bond.U.S. Marshals say 30-year-old Cody Wilson was booked in the Harris County Jail over the weekend.Wilson reportedly fled to Taiwan after learning he was being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Austin.Taiwanese authorities arrested Wilson on Friday.
Verizon will host a free statewide Black History Month open house, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. During the open house, visitors can explore the museum, visit vendor tables and participate in a full day of fun activities. There will be food, historical presentations, art and crafts, along with educational gifts for the first 200 children. Children also will have an opportunity to win a tablet during Verizon’s special program from noon to 1 p.m. The program will include entertainment, speakers and a special recognition of community leaders and innovators. Visit www. rflewismuseum.org for more information.