National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Holds Community Event In The Houston Area

first_imgAl OrtizNHTSA workers check the car of Houston resident who decided to drop by their community event.Workers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, visited the Houston area, specifically Katy, as part of the agency’s Safe Cars Save Lives bus tour.Staff from the federal agency, as well as representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Children’s Hospital, provided information about topics like tire inflation and heatstroke prevention.Congressman Pete Olson, who represents Texas’ 22nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, was also present to support the initiative.Safety checks for vehicle recalls were a main feature of the event, particularly because of the still ongoing recall of Takata airbags.Even though the Takata recall has been on the news for more than a year, the NHTSA has found that not everyone is aware of it.“We have met too many people that didn’t even know that this was going on. Never received something in the mail and we’re the first time that they’ve heard they have an open recall that needs to be taken care of,” said Doctor Mark Rosekind, the NHTSA Administrator.Caron Solomon was near the area where the NHTSA was holding the event and dropped by.She drives a new car but, even then, she thought it would be a good idea to have it checked. “I wasn’t sure if this car was part of a recall, so I decided ‘Let me come in’ cause it doesn’t make sense to pass something by that could save your life.”The Safe Cars Save Lives bus tour will also visit San Antonio and Fort Worth.The NHTSA has created the website www.safercar.gov, where you can find out whether there are any open recalls for your vehicle. 00:00 /01:15 Share X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Houstons Cuba Trade Mission Meant To Establish Economic Relationship

first_img 00:00 /00:00 Listen X Share PexelsThe United States reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015.A Houston delegation’s three-day trip to Cuba comes a little over a year after President Barack Obama reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba and two months before United Airlines will offer a weekly nonstop flight to Havana from Bush Intercontinental Airport.“Really the mission aims to explore market opportunities and really promote Houston as a partner, a business partner, and a gateway for Cuba and Cuba’s business and trade,” said Bob Pertierra, chief economic development officer at the Greater Houston Partnership and one of 30 people from the partnership and the city to go on the trip.Council members Dave Martin, Jerry Davis and David Robinson will join Mayor Sylvester Turner on the trade mission, and the delegation includes representatives from healthcare, energy, education, port and airport.Pertierra said Houston is uniquely positioned to partner with Cuba, with its large Spanish-speaking community, its industry and location, but mainly because of its energy sector . For instance, he sees specific areas in which Houston companies could do business in Cuba.“You’ve got a lot of opportunities for the energy infrastructure that needs to be updated,” in Cuba, he said. “Also in terms of supply of petroleum products, that’s something that Cuba is going to have to figure out, how they’re going to supply their energy needs in the future.”Pertierra said tourism and sports are other fields where Houston and Cuba can benefit from each other. He also said Houston can learn from Cuban research in fighting the Zika virus.The delegation will travel to Cuba on Sep. 25 and meet with government officials before returning on Sep. 27.This is the first time a sitting Houston Mayor visits the island, according to the Mayor’s office. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Waller County Judge Okays Prohibiting Guns In Courthouse Texas AG Disagrees

first_img X 00:00 /01:03 Listen The District Court ruling finds that it is legal to prohibit guns and weapons in courthouse buildings in Waller County. Elton Mathis,  District Attorney there, explains: “It doesn’t matter if there’s only one court in the building. There are no guns in that building regardless of what other offices are in that building.” Under the state’s open carry law, a licensed gun owner sued Waller County saying that he should be allowed to bring weapons into a courthouse building or court office.Mathis says, however, that this new opinion doesn’t have any binding on any other part of the state: “Unfortunately, the Attorney General decided to sue us in Austin. So we’re still going to have to deal with that lawsuit there to hopefully get some clarity for all the counties and cities across the state of Texas.”  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says in a statement that the Waller County court has not only made a mockery of legislative democracy by gutting the plain language of the statute, but also exposed Texans to retaliatory lawsuits. He predicts the Court of Appeals will reject the trial judge’s decision.See the Court order here: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Waller CountyThe Waller County Courthouse building. Sharelast_img read more

The Supreme Court To Hear Evidence In Case Of Partisan Redistricting

first_img Share The Latest on the Supreme Court consideration of a legislative redistricting case (all times local):11:40 a.m.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remains confident that GOP-drawn legislative district maps will survive a Supreme Court review.The nation’s highest court on Monday said it will hear arguments in the case. Justices also put on hold an earlier ruling requiring that new maps be drawn by November.Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the Republican governor “is confident Wisconsin’s redistricting process is constitutional and is pleased to see the Supreme Court take the case.”Democratic state legislative leaders say they have faith that the Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings that found the maps unconstitutionally favored Republicans.Democratic state Assembly leader Peter Barca says “Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.”___11:25 a.m.Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (SHIH’-mehl) says he is “thrilled” the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by Democrats challenging redistricting maps drawn by Republicans.A panel of three federal judges previously ruled that the maps unconstitutionally harmed Democrats because districts were drawn in a way that unfairly benefited Republicans.Schimel is a Republican who is defending the maps. He said on Monday that Wisconsin’s “redistricting process was entirely lawful and constitutional, and the district court should be reversed.”Sachin Chheda (SAH’-chihn CHAY’-dah) is director of the Fair Elections Project, which organized and launched the lawsuit. He says Democrats proved in court that their rights were violated and “now this story will be told on a national stage.___11:15 a.m.The Supreme Court is putting the redrawing of Wisconsin legislative districts on hold while the justices consider the issue of partisan gerrymandering.The justices issued their order Monday about 90 minutes after they agreed to hear the Wisconsin case in the fall, the first case on partisan politics and redistricting in more than a decade.The court’s five conservative justices voted to stop the redistricting process. The four liberals would have let it proceed.A three-judge court struck down the districts as an illegal partisan gerrymander and ordered new ones to be put in place for the 2018 elections.The Supreme Court is unlikely to decide the Wisconsin case before early next year.___9:30 a.m.The Supreme Court is wading into the thicket of partisan redistricting in a case from Wisconsin.The justices say Monday they will decide whether Republican lawmakers drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state’s political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.It’s the high court’s first case on what’s known as partisan gerrymandering in more than a decade, and the outcome could affect elections across the country.The case will be argued in the fall.A three-judge court struck down Wisconsin’s legislative districts in November and ordered new maps drawn in time for the 2018 elections. That work is proceeding.___3:15 a.m.The Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers may do to gain a partisan advantage in creating political district maps.The justices could say as early as Monday whether they will intervene. The Constitution requires states to redo their political maps to reflect population changes identified in the once-a-decade census.The issue of gerrymandering — creating districts that often are oddly shaped, with the aim of benefiting one party — is central to the debate.last_img read more