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"Eight seven in Houston I'm Eddie Robinson Day two of early voting is now underway with polls at this hour and our local region. The Houston area saw record turnout on the first day of early voting are Davis Land has the number service. County says more than one hundred, twenty, eight, thousand people voted in person on Tuesday that shatters the twenty sixteen early voting record of just over sixty eight, thousand people more than. Forty. One Thousand Mail in ballots have been received so far that means roughly six point eight percent of all registered voters in Harris? County have already cast their ballots Davis. Land reporting. Well, one of those voting yesterday was student e Gor Rufo who went to a polling location at Texas. Southern University on a campus that to discipline with a bunch of millennial who needs a Catholic vote who are over the age of eighteen. An adult now is the time to show what their what their civil rights and duties are all. Joe Biden former second lady Democratic presidential nominee Joe. Biden's wife visited Houston and rallied supporters during a short address at a get out and vote drive in event late Tuesday. But some voters in Fort Bend County Toll Houston public media. It took them nearly four hours to cast their ballot after going to multiple polling places. Yesterday technical problems with the sixty voting machines at. The Smart Financial Center out in sugarland brought lines to a standstill multiple times voting machines at least three other locations also had glitches one voter rene who didn't want to give her full name says she went to vote at eight am Tuesday with her husband and son I've been voting I. AM sixty one years old and I've never run into kind of glitches threat. Today we went to three different sites. She says, she didn't get done with voting until just minutes before noon county officials have extended early voting hours in that area where polls will close at seven pm for the rest of the week polls in Fort Bend County were previously set to close at five pm through. October seventeenth. Well another development in that part of the city bars in Fort, bend, county can open starting today at fifty percent capacity for been county judge KP George says he's filed paperwork with Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says a survey of Bar owners reassured him that they'll follow public health protocol in Fort Bend County beat how led the way in wearing masks practicing fiscal distance and avoiding. Mass gathering. Allowing us to better control and fight. Gobert nineteen. This is not the time we. Let our guard down George also called on bar patrons to be safe and not to quote mess it up. Texans have a mostly favourable view of the police that varies based on race new Texas. Tribune University of Texas poll finds overall fifty, eight percent of registered voters surveyed in Texas. Said they had a favorable view of the police broken down by race sixty, nine percent whites thirty three percent of blacks and forty three percent of Hispanics. A few clouds right now, seventy degrees near Hobby Airport I. Many Robinson Knees eight seven. Support, for NPR, comes from NPR stations, other contributors include focus features, and MSNBC films.
"We are live from news. Eight seven in houston on koa water houston mayor sylvester turner says. He's working to address distribution issues at the city's covid nineteen clinic. Turner told houston matters. He's looking to create a make a location and a mobile unit. Some more historians can get the covid vaccine jerk important though that that there's equity in distribution That we do it equitably as possible. But we don't want these things sitting on the shelves. We want them In people's on turner says january appointments are already full and he's asking for more state and federal help to increase vaccine supply. Fort bend county will now start giving out the covid vaccine but matt harrop tells us people in the county can't register to get one yet the county says they got a thousand doses of the vaccine on monday. They will go to five hundred people which will complete the to shot requirement for a full dose five thousand eligible. People have already registered on line to receive their vaccine in fort bend county. The registration system though has temporarily reached its limit and for the number of people allowed to sign up. The county will start taking pre registration. Requests again wants most of the five hundred people have been vaccinated or the county receives additional doses. Also this afternoon the houston branch of the nwa. C. p. is condemning remarks made by a city council member. The group says online comments made by district g councilmember grade travis were demeaning and disparaging travis's facebook comments were directed at former first lady. Michelle obama and vice president elect kamala harris city council member caroline evans shabas. I am not surprised. But i am appalled at the derogatory comments made by region but which he has no remorse regardless of the stress offense. Bits to me and other women particularly african american women at least twenty people have signed up to speak at today's council meeting about travis's comments were expecting sunny skies this afternoon. High around sixty nine degrees sixty five on the campus. I'm gail daughter. News eighty eight seven support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include c. Three c. three.
"Gates have in Houston I'm Eddie Robinson the Houston area saw record turnout on the first day of early voting. Davis land has the numbers hers Kelly Says More Than One hundred twenty eight thousand people voted in person on Tuesday that shatters the twenty sixteen early voting record of just over sixty eight thousand people more than forty one, thousand Mellon ballots have been received so far that means roughly six point eight percent of all registered voters in Harris County have already cast their ballots gave his land reporting reports of voting. Problems in Harris County. Were minimal beyond the weight which didn't seem to bother those who came to cast a ballot our own Elizabeth trove all has more from voters. She talk with from across the region line ferried from one polling location to another in the Houston Area Harris. County. Voters that energy cast about within minutes though others waited much longer due to high turn out but in neighboring Fort Bend County voters had to wait several hours due to technical problems with voting machines at least four voting locations had delays. But Fort Bend. Election administrators have not made it clear. The extent of the issues Faisal's odd says he waited more than three hours at two different polling locations vote in the other location I seen people left. You know because they had an appointment at ten than mental Devon Somebody's old enough who doesn't WanNa wait for more than our to. So these people goes away the Fort Bend County Judge Keep e George, says he plans to open an investigation. I'm Elizabeth Trove all in Houston back to Harris County voters there. Want drop off their mail in ballot still have to go to one single location political reporter Andrew. Schneider explains the Fifth Circuit has backed up the governor's order to limit drop off locations. A three judge panel held that abbots order actually expanded voter access rather than limiting it. The wrote that before average order to expand early voting in July voters could only drop off their mail in ballots on election. Day itself. Danielle Lang is with the campaign legal center which tried to overturn the governor's limit on drop off locations. Are Considering all their legal options right now on have not come to a firm decision yet about next step of, but you can surely expect the point of to make those decisions I. In short order the radically the plaintiffs could appeal to the fifth circuit for a full hearing or did the US Supreme Court. However, the High Court has shown a reluctance to get involved in similar cases with voting already underway I'm Andrew Schneider in Houston, meanwhile, the Texas GOP is trying to stop drive thru voting here in Harris. County? Coming up and local news at the bottom of the hour. A new lawsuit from the State's Republican. Party argues all of its residents should not be eligible to vote this way. And Bars in Fort Bend County can open starting today at fifty percent capacity will have more on that story as well. It's a cool and comfortable morning. Expect another warm Wednesday afternoon temperatures close to ninety degrees right now, if you clouds seventy degrees near Hobby airport, I'm Eddie Robinson support for NPR, comes from the corporation for public broadcasting a private corporation funded by the American people.
"Each seven houston. I'm eddie robinson harris county set records in voter turnout for the two thousand twenty election. But as our own mad. Harold tells us those big numbers did not materialize on election. Day harris county clerk. Chris hollins said late. Tuesday that just about sixty seven percent of registered voters in harris. County cast ballots this year. More than one point six million total votes but more than one point. Three million of those votes were cast. During harris county's early voting period. Just a couple hundred thousand. People voted on election day. Holland's credited the turnout to safety measures. His office developed in response to the pandemic things like drive thru voting twenty four hour voting centers and using huge and non traditional venues polling locations hollins who filled the county clerk position for just a few months. Says he hopes some of these changes will continue in the future. Harris county has appointed on elections administrator. Isabella longoria who will oversee future elections. I met heroin houston local races. Our newsroom has been watching this morning. Troy nehls the republican shariff of fort bend. County has won election to congress our political reporter. Andrew schneider says nails won a closely fought contest against democrat tree. Preston co carney. In the end nail strong network in fort bend county over his years as sheriff counted for more than co carney's big advantage in fundraising nails jumped out to an early lead. And never let it go. Hell now move up to the house succeeding retiring. Gop congressman. pete wilson start andrew schneider. They're reporting democrat. Eric fagin has won the race. Ford been county. Sheriff fagin will take the place of outgoing. Sheriff troy nehls. Fagin beat out republican trevor nails. That's troy nehls. Brother are more results to get you up to speed here. In texas republican dan crenshaw has won reelection to congress as davis land reports the race for the second. Congressional district was called relatively early tuesday night. Democrats thought they had a chance at flipping the second strike to even with pollsters saying it was likely republican win with about ninety seven percent of precincts reporting in harris county. This morning crawl got about fifty six percent of the vote. A fourteen point lead over. Democrats seem illogical. Ardian libertarian candidate elliott. Chairman garnered one point five percent of the vote right. That was davis land with that update in the race for texas railroad commission. We'll have an update and statewide news at the bottom of this hour and their fight to flip the state house last night. Texas democrats ousted incumbent. Houston republican sarah. Davis davis lost her seat to democratic challenger and johnson district attorney. Kim og has won her bid for reelection. She want against republican. Mary nand huffman about fifty four percent of the vote in harris county. This'll be odds. Second term as da lizzie fletcher has won the seat for us. District count seven against wesley hunt and in the us senate race. Republican john cornyn has been re elected to a six-year term against his opponent. Nj hagar stay tuned on. Newsroom is continuing looking at more local results. I'm eddie support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include. Eric and wendy schmidt.
"Eddie robinson well. Less driving during the pandemic has led to somewhat cleaner air in the city of houston daniel. Cohen is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at rice. University says the pandemic has been sort of a real world science experiment. It is indicative of what might happen. Is cars get cleaner as we keep getting new or newer cars on. The road switched to more electric vehicles. This gives us a sense of what we could expect in years to come cohen. Who spoke on. He's the matters says. Air pollution will likely continue to be an issue in houston in part because of emissions from the region many refineries houston mayor sylvester turner says. He's working to address distribution challenges. People have flagged about the city's covid nineteen clinic. Turner told houston matters. He's looking to create a mega location and a mobile unit to increase vaccine access to huston ian strip important though that there's equity in distribution That we do it as equally as possible but we don't want these things sitting on the shelves. We won't them In people's arms turner says therapy appointments are already full. And he's asking for more state and federal help to increase vaccine supply. Meanwhile ford been. County has started vaccinating frontline health care workers and some of those most at risk for covert nineteen right now. Five thousand qualified people are registered in the county system to receive vaccines when more become available. But ford been county judge. Kp george says he doesn't know when the state will be able to deliver the next round of doses even own. That's the problem. I don't know you remember in march and april. The problem we had with the testing kits. That's the face reality and we will be able to get out of the space. George says right now ford been county. Residents are not able to schedule vaccine online until they get additional doses. Keep it in fort bend county for the first time. In over a century fort bend. County has a black shariff. Lucille vasquez has more fort. Bend county made history electing the nation's first black sheriff in eighteen sixty nine according to wikipedia. Now more than one hundred fifty years later the county again has black. sheriff eric. Fagin was sworn on saturday at the fort bend. Church and sugar land during the ceremony. Fagin pledged to reform the sheriff's office by requiring body cameras banning chokehold in creating a citizen review board for penn county also elected. Its first female. Black county attorney bridget smith lawson lucio vasquez with that report and baytown is under a boil water advisory today the water main break in the area the notice effects residents and businesses located in the i ten corridor from spur. Three thirty two garth road. The city says repairs are underway and the advisory will end once. The water system is restored and tested residents. Should boil water for two minutes to make sure it's safe for consumption. A cold fronts coming along the showers and afternoon thunderstorms possible today. Highs in the lower seventy s look for strong gusty winds and some lightning even an isolated tornado could happen right now. Mostly cloudy sixty degrees in her hobby. I'm eddie robinson support for npr from npr stations. Other contributors include i-drive with remote pc.
"This is npr by from new city. Eight seven in houston. I'm gay delattre. The harris county clerk's office says are now processing provisional ballots in orgy arena. Voter turnout set an all time record this year. Appearing on houston. Public media's townsquare program immigration attorney gordon. Quan said a diverse turnout was a major driving force. We have more elected officials of different ethnic groups than ever before we had engagement by the hispanic community that we've been begging to get involved with the african american community. The fact that so many people voted. Everybody wants participate. Harris county says latino voter registration was up by more than thirty percent. Compared to last year fort bend county is democratic county. Judge is blaming. Gerrymandering for tuesday's mixed election results political reporter. Andrew schneider tells us democrats thought increased diversity in fort being county. We'll give them the edge in the election. Republicans prevailed in texas twenty second congressional district with sheriff troy nehls beating sri preston co kearney despite carney spending nearly three times more on his campaign. Gop candidates also won three of the county state representative seats. County judge kp. George said it's no surprise. Given how those districts were drawn was forty more than five six percents to the democratic side. Even tony eighteen also but These debbie mountain districts. I didn't flip a suspected. fort bend. County is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation. And one of the fastest growing. George noted the democrats took three of the countywide contests where gerrymandering was not a factor. Those included the race for sheriff as well as for county attorney and tax assessor collector. I'm andrew schneider in houston and for more on the election. You can go to our website. Houston public media dot org increasing cloudiness in our forecast tonight overnight. Low around sixty one. Tomorrow's high near seventy eight right now partly cloudy seventy on the h campus. I'm guilty water. News eighty eight seven how from npr stations other contributors include x. Chair maker of the x two home.
"Mattie Robinson it's Day two of early voting here in Texas in the states one of the few places in the country not allowing widespread mail balloting during the pandemic voters went to the polls. Yesterday is Jill Biden former second lady and Democratic president nominee Joe Biden's wife visited. HOUSTON. And rallied supporters during a short address at a get out and vote drive event. Recent polls have shown that Texas is still leaning Republican, that still long lines were common among many polling locations as were masks but in suburban Houston's Fort Bend County technical problems kept machines offline for more than an hour as. Hundreds of people waited to vote county officials there say it's extending early voting hours for the rest of the week because of those issues early voting ends October thirtieth well, Harris County saw record turnout on the first day of early voting by two PM more people had cast ballots than the whole first day of early voting in two thousand sixteen around lives with travel has more from voters she talked with from across the region lines varied from one polling location to another in the Houston area. Harris County voters that energy cast a ballot within minutes though others waited much longer due to. High turnout but in neighboring Fort Bend County voters had to wait several hours due to technical problems with voting machines at least four voting locations had delays but Fort Bend administrators have not made it clear. The extent of the issues Faisal's odd says he waited more than three hours at two different polling locations to vote in the other location I. Seen People left. You know because they had an appointment ten an appointment at Devon somebody's old enough who doesn't want to wait for more than our to these people goes away the Fort Bend County Judge Keep e George says he plans to. Open an investigation I'm Elizabeth Tro Ball in Houston, let's head over to Laredo south. Texas is known to Lean Democrat but it also historically reports a low voter turnout in Webb County Democrats hope for sixty percent turn out this year as Texas public radio's Marie Mendez reports the county saw an uptick in early voting yesterday pack the Fire Department parking lot and the line of voters wrapped around the building as they waited six feet apart to cast their ballot his WHO's get a fifty one year old naturalized citizen for Mexico said he voted for President Donald Trump he hopes others will to. Want to vote liberal. Liberal support abortion twenty, four year olds through says low turnout may be linked to the states historically Republican results and I think a lot of also has to do with the fact that Texas is so big and has been so a red for so long think people are just think like I vote and vote and it doesn't make a difference, but she noted that the voting line. Was Busier than usual what county elections administrator will say son by the Yes said, the first day of in person voting greatly surpassed the first voting day of two thousand sixteen I'm I'm in invited a few clouds seventy two degrees on the campus more local news at five thirty I'm Eddie Robinson News support for NPR comes from NPR stations, other contributors, include focus features and MSNBC films presenting.
"Easy to eight seven in houston. I'm eddie robinson. On the day after the election votes here throughout state of texas are still being counted but a few races have been called. We'll have updates on those racist shortly. As far as the presidential race trump has indeed one texas but by the thinnest margin of any republican in decades. The incumbent was poised to win. Texas is three eight electoral votes as far as racist here. In harris county district attorney has won her bid for re election. She won against republican mary. Nanny huffman with about fifty four percent of vote in harris county. This'll be a second term. As district attorney and another closely watched race here locally troy nehls the republican sheriff of fort bend county has won election to congress our political reporter. Andrew schneider says nails won a closely fought contest against democrat sri preston kulkarni standby for that sound from answers schneider on news eighty eight in the end. Nail strong network in fort bend. County built up over his years. As sheriff counted for more than carney's big advantage in fundraising nails jumped out to an early lead. And never let it go. He'll now move up to the house succeeding. Retiring gop congressman pete olson. All right. that's andrew schneider without update now in their fight to flip the state house last night. Texas democrats ousted incumbent houston republicans. Sarah davis will have more on that race. Coming up momentarily right here on. News eighty eight seven statewide the. Us senate race had some clarity relatively early in the night as republican. John cornyn won his fourth. Term of office has brett. Jasper tells us from dallas. Cornyn was re elected to another six year term. He spoke shortly after nine pm. Tuesday striking a unifying tone. My goal is your united states. Senator in simple continued to make texas a place of exceptional opportunity for all in the next six years i look forward to our visits are celebrations and working together. Overcome whatever challenges may come our way cornyn returns to the senate where he worked since two thousand and two. The race was initially seen as relatively safe for him but attracted more spending an interest as the year progressed. His opponent democrat. Mj hagar spoke earlier in the night before the results were clear. She alluded to the coronavirus. Pandemic america has faced challenges before bitterness. When i know it doesn't feel like that. But we have we rise to the challenge. We need that challenge. Hagar's a decorated air force veteran in a statement. She said quote. I am confident that the work we did will move our state forward for years to come. I'm brett jaspers in dallas. More noteworthy races here in texas. That were looking out for lizzie. Fletcher has won the seat for. Us district house seven against wesley. Hunt also Dan crenshaw's projected to win another term for texas's second district be sure to stay tuned throughout the day. Right here to news. Eighty eight seven for more election results as well as on our website at houston public media dot org right now fair skies fifty two degrees near hobby airport. I'm eddie robinson. News eighty eight seven support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include lifelock reminding consumers.
"You're listening to. Npr live from news at eight seven in. Houston i'm lauder. Fort bend county's top officials says he's calling a meeting with election administrators about delays with tuesday's returns late into the evening. The fort bend website posted only rea. The results from early voting county judge. Kp george blaine the delays on a late surge of mail in ballots. A huge number of ballots by mail came in and so they are not somebody. Dan not allowed to often eat like i dunno on the election. They are something. They're not completes the company. That's what i've been told for. Bend election administrator. John oldham confirmed the start of the count was delayed because of the surge. He said there were also some poll workers who didn't correctly shut down the election equipment. Tuesday brought some election surprises in the houston area. Not only did democrats failed. Flip the texas house. But jen rise tells us. Both parties made unexpected gains democrats and republicans. Each flipped one of houston's competitive seats in the legislature incumbent. Representative sarah davis. A moderate republican lost her reelection bid to democratic challenger and johnson a teacher and former human trafficking prosecutor that district includes rice university and the texas medical center. Meanwhile katie freshman incumbent representative gina kalani. A democrat lawyer seat. Voters went back to mike. Scofield the republican who held the seat before her democrats needed to pick up nine seats to win the house instead from the unofficial count it looks like republicans will maintain a strong majority. I'm generous in. Houston and johnson will be a guest tomorrow. One houston matters and you can hear that at nine. Am here on news at eight seven and for the latest on the election. You can go to our website. That's houston public media dot org some clouds in the forecast. This evening's the alo- around sixty one degrees partly sunny tomorrow. High around seventy eight right now. Seventy two on the u h campus on gilded lauder news eight seven support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include the robert wood johnson foundation.
"The eight seven in Houston. I'm Eddie Robinson well in about an hour from now, polls will be open for early voting in Texas more than two point, four million people are already registered to vote here in Harris County the Houston Chronicle reports that total has gone up by about two hundred, thirty, four, thousand people since twenty sixteen election officials expect record turn out this year you can find polling locations and wait times at Harris? votes. Dot Org. In other news Fort Bend County's law enforcement officers could soon all wear body cameras as flurry Martin reports a new committee is working on a countywide policy. Some law enforcement agencies in Fort Bend County already have body cameras, but the goal is to all of them and create one policy for the whole county for bend officials say they plan to take advantage of a matching grant for body cameras the Texas legislature created five years ago. But why did it take so long Houston in Harris County. For example, have had body camera. Programs for some years now, Kevin Buckler, criminal justice professor at the University of Houston downtown. He says, there could be several reasons for the delay. There are some reporting requirements that are tied to that state brandt that may serve as kind of a deterrent to some departments afford Ben County spokesperson says there had been conversations to pursue the state grant before, but it got new urgency with the death of George Floyd and other police shootings. This year I'm Florian Martin in Houston new data from the episcopal health. Foundation show how covert. Has. Caused gaps in healthcare in Texas our health reporter Sara will earn explains how the pandemic has altered the landscape for preventive medicine and telemedicine thirty, five percent of Texans reports skipping or postpone medical care this year, this included yearly checkups, cancer screenings, and. For Kids. These delays were more common among wealthier households with higher levels of education and one reason for this the report says is because this population is more likely to get preventative care in the first place. Accessing telemedicine has also been a challenge for many Texans thirty five percent said, they couldn't access these resources poor. Texans with less education weren't as likely to benefit from telehealth because they don't have a device with Internet access. Looking ahead, the majority of Texans nearly sixty percent believed that life will not return back to normal for at least six months if not longer. I'm Sarah will earn Houston meanwhile fewer Texans. Say they get a corona virus vaccine compared to earlier this year a poll from the Texas Politics Project at ut found in June fifty nine percent of Texan surveyed said they would get a vaccine when one becomes available. Now just forty three percent say they would the percentage of people who said, no they would not get a vaccine increased from twenty one percent to thirty six percent from June October. The poll shows about forty percent think that a vaccine will be available for it's proven to be safe and effective. I'm Eddie Robinson support for NPR comes from NPR stations other contributors include cdw it.
"Points. This is NPR. Live from news eighty, eight, seven in Houston. I'm Kiro, Buckley seven lakes high school in Katie. ISD will close tomorrow until next Wednesday after Fort Bend County health officials sent the district a correct action today. It's the first school Katie had to close because of covid nineteen. It currently has over forty active student cases plus two staff members with covert according to The district's website, the high school will switch to virtual learning for over eighteen hundred students who have been attending face to face classes at seven lakes along with three hundred staff members. All extracurricular activities are also on hold while the campuses cleaned Katie ISD says that it will comply with the county's recommended corrective actions though it's not immediately clear what those are. Several Texas based environmental groups say the EPA is failing to properly regulate industrial flaring as our environmental reporter. Katie. Watkins tells us. They're suing the federal government to get updated restrictions on flaring flaring is used as a pollution control technique to burn off and destroy excess gases. But the lawsuit says it's been decades since the EPA has updated pollution control standards for flaring industrial facilities like Petrochemical Plants and solid waste landfills Luke Metzger with Environment Texas says a lot. Of facilities still use outdated technology eighties that isn't as strong as much pollution as opposed supposed to potentially seeing five times as much pollution being released because it's not being destroyed, and so that's you know again, pollution batter linked to cancer and respiratory problems. He says, this mostly impacts heavily industrialized areas like the Houston ship channel under the Clean Air Act the EPA is required to review the standards at least once every eight years I'm Katie Watkins in Houston. Giant mobile will cut nineteen hundred jobs in the US mostly from its management offices here in Houston, the corona virus downturn has helped push oil prices below break even for many producers partly cloudy tonight with lows around fifty. I'm Kyra. Buckley News eight seven.
Weekly Update --- Is The Second Wave Another Coronavirus Hoax?
"Hello everybody and thank you for tuning into the weekly report is the second wave, and now they're corona virus hoax, just a week, or so ago the mainstream media and thousands representing the medical community told us we must throw out the stay at home orders and go to the streets to protest the death of. Floyd at the hands of the police. The COGAN nineteen virus will not bother people who are protesting this injustice. They said. The virus only attacks people leaving their homes to protest the stay at home orders now after thousands of businesses, many of them black own have been reduced to rubble and innocent people in the inner cities, no longer have anywhere to shop for the basic necessities of life. The mainstream media has backed off of his nonstop coverage of the protests suddenly last week. They all simultaneously embraced they new fear story to terrify them ashes, a second wave of corona virus was among. It was targeting those states that dare to open up their economies and begin a return to relatively normal lives Texas Florida and California were singled out to scare the rest of the country into thinking that. If you dare, leave your homes, you will catch corona, virus and die. There was a spike in the corona virus cases. They claim funny just a month or so ago, they were demanding that we massively increased testing would produce just that spikes in Corona Vara. Cases they are now using to scare authorities into reinstating the incredibly destructive stay at home orders in the county here in Texas that includes Houston the judge who somehow seize the power to shut down the third largest city in the United States warns us that she may again shutdown Fort Bend County to fight this second wave of cases. She even threatened to again poor millions of dollars into a field hospital out of Houston, Football Stadium that did not see a single patient in the first wave of corona virus. Is Hard not to wonder which politically connected companies are reaping millions in contracts for an obviously unneeded hospital thousands of hospital beds in Houston vacant while cancer patients have been refused there screens and desperately needed treatment as former Congressman David. Stockman points out the actual corona virus numbers do not in any way. Support the media. That a second wave of infection is increasing over Texas stockman informs us that in Texas. The reported infected case rate of two hundred and fifty six per one, hundred thousand is just ten percent of the real hot spot rate of two, thousand, four, hundred, seventy, seven per one, hundred thousand in the five boroughs of New York. City and its mortality rate of six point, two percent of one hundred thousand population is just three percent of New York City's one hundred ninety six per one hundred thousand rate. There are no. In Texas is just for media hype. It's funny that they don't dare. Mention Georgia which has also opened its economy and has seen no spike at all the same people who were demanding more testing are now screaming that we must shut the economy down because these tests which are notoriously unreliable are showing more corona virus cases. This is a disease that ninety nine point nine percent of the people who are infected with survive, but forty million people out of work, and the thousands of lives that will end due to the shutdown are never mentioned. There is something else going on here and it is no way related to public health. Thanks for listening comebacks in.
"You're listening to npr for news. Eighty eight seven in. Houston i met harold. Texas now has seventy nine. Coronavirus virus vaccine hubs across the state six of which are in harris county. That's double the amount of mass vaccine providers in greater houston compared to last week. Fort bend montgomery and liberty counties all have a vaccine now as well galveston. County has to the houston. Health department was one of the original. Twenty eight hubs designated by the state last week. Mayor sylvester turner says one of his. Immediate goals is to get the vaccine. It's a high risk communities. You wanna make sure that is equity in distribution and that people example populations we wanna make sure that those individuals get these vaccine says well. Turner specifically mentioned the fifth ward and denver harbor. He says the city may potentially scale down the mega sites in order to distribute more vaccines at the community level. Meanwhile a french oil company with a big presence in houston says it will not renew its membership with the american petroleum institute. Energy reporter cara. Buckley tells us total. Oil is leaving the trade group over its position on climate change. Api's president recently criticized government efforts to speed up the transition to cleaner energy and total oil. Didn't like that. The company says it supports the objectives of the paris climate accord and development of renewable energy and total says. It's concerned about api's objection to subsidies for electric cars as well as its opposition to government restrictions on methane emissions. The trade group says it believes government. Subsidies for clean energy distorts the market and hurts consumers reuters reports total's withdrawal shows a widening rift between europe's top energy companies and their us rivals. Over how quickly. They should respond to climate change. I'm kiro buckley in houston sixty eight degrees right now in upper kirby i matt harrop news eighty eight seven support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include the estate of samir. Nikki whose bequest helps ensure access to vital public radio program and lifelong learning for all communities and the robert wood johnson foundation at our w j f. dot.
"Arnie's live from new eight seven in. Houston i'm getting into motor. Here's or working on for all things considered business reporter. Flurry and martin has been watching. How houston's oil services companies have weathered the economic downturn caused by the pandemic some companies are reporting positive earnings for the last quarter of twenty twenty but those numbers might not tell the whole story baker hughes recorded. Its first profitable quarter since the coronavirus pandemic sent oil prices spiralling down early last year the houston based oilfield services firm lost billions and twenty twenty but made more than six hundred and fifty million dollars in the fourth quarter and pipeline company. Kinder- morgan eked out a prophet and twenty twenty. Thanks to a strong finish to the year at hers as an energy economist at the university of houston he says baker hughes was able to make a profit because it cut its workforce by lot and kinder- morgan benefited from continued natural gas transportation and from higher oil storage fees. These two companies don't really lay out a trend for the energy industry in terms of what we can expect for profit ability this year. I expects the all industry to start its recovery after the end of the pandemic and florian martin in houston. We're also learning about a new documentary that looks at environmental racism in houston filmmaker. Ronald jones says the issue usually affects multiple generations. So matter where you go as a person of color you're going to be afflicted by something that was put into place by someone you know that did not have your best interests at heart and certainly being reinforced by individuals still empower. Currently the film again together looks at how houston communities have been affected by segregation and exposure to pollution. That online screening. At seven. tonight you can learn more at one. Breath h. o. u. dot org fort bend county says. It's received a new shipment of covid vaccine. It's the county just got about fifty eight hundred doses for judge. Kp george says are about to start scheduling appointments for people who of preregister to receive those vaccines right now. We have cloudy skies seventy degrees on the uh campus. I'm gail to lauder news eddie. Eight seven support for npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include workday.
"From news eighty eight seven in houston medi robinson fresh reporting this morning. More than seventy five migrant youth texas are currently in isolation after testing positive for covid nineteen our own elizabeth trove all has more on how hundreds of kids have gotten the virus shelters across the state the more than seventy five active cases are spread among at least twenty three different texas shelters that care for unaccompanied minors kids cross. The border without a guardian cases are concentrated and facilities in houston san antonio and the rio grande valley according to texas health officials in one shelter more than a third of the kids are currently under isolation for covid nineteen immigration attorney julie posh considering the relatively lower number of children who are currently in. Hhs custody or or our custody or have been for the past past two months since this started that's a really high percentage of children in texas more than seven hundred sixty migrant. Children have tested positive for the virus. Since march according to us health and human services no cases have required hospitalization and many youth have been released to a sponsor. I'm elizabeth trove all meanwhile fort bend. County officials have elevated the local risk level from orange to red matt. Harrop tells us that's in response to a huge increase in cases and hospitalizations over the last two weeks the county's health and human services director. Dr jacquelyn mentor says the rate of growth and cases and hospitalizations represents what she's calling widespread and uncontrolled transmission of covid nineteen. She says between nine and thirteen percent of people testing positive at the county's testing sites and hospitals at one point as low as three percent but in just the last two weeks fort bend county added. Five thousand cases mentor says. Local hospitals are reporting a larger percentage of course patients in both general beds and icu. Bed since thanksgiving fort bend county judge. Kp george is asking residents to pay close attention to mask wearing and limit the number of people they see. I'm matt heroin houston okay. Covert updates here is county in greater houston have now surpassed twenty five hundred cove. Nineteen deaths county health officials. Tweeting late wednesday. That two thousand five hundred one resident have died. As a result of the pandemic health officials also report the percentage of people testing positive for covid nineteen has surpassed nine percent a number not seen a few months. County judge lena hidalgo tells houston public media. She's worried about a second wave of cases and hospitalizations similar to what the county saw over the summer. We're heading into another possible record. High and potential brush with crisis if we don't modify our behavior spare soon. The dog'll says getting a negative test result isn't an excuse to not wear a mask especially with the current amount of community spread. You can hear the full interview with county judge hidalgo this afternoon on all things considered right now fair skies fifty degrees near hobby airport. I'm eddie robinson support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include merrill merrill edge.
Checking In With County Administrators On Election Eve (Nov. 2, 2020)
"This programming is brought to you by baylor. Medicine stratus integrated health. Where every patient's personal primary care physician is committed to their immediate and long-term health stratus s. t. r. a. t. o. s. health dot org slash care within the hour of federal district. Judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by conservative republican activists and candidates. Who want some one hundred. Twenty seven thousand votes. Casted drive-thru polling sites in harris county tossed out. I'm craig cohen today on houston matters will update you on that challenge. Then we'll learn what's happening in neighboring fort bend county in preparation for election day. Tuesday houston matters with craig. Cohen is a production of houston public media with support from cigna together all the way also this hour how racist policies of past generations in houston have ripple effects today in everything from jobs and housing health and the environment then the election the pandemic daylight saving time a lot of factors can influence when. And how well you sleep these days. We're here to help with sue guidance. From sleep expert. Dr sousa taliban july will start with the news. Update from npr. Stay with us. this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen good morning this hour. We'll do some dot connecting between past discriminatory policies in houston and inequities today in jobs and housing. Among other things and later will welcome your questions about sleep and sleep disorders. But i as we've been reporting. A hearing is scheduled within the hour in federal district court in houston to consider a lawsuit filed by conservative republican activists and candidates seeking to have some one hundred twenty seven thousand votes already cast in harris county at drive through polling sites tossed out multiple times now. They have sought similar challenges before the texas supreme court and each time. That court has denied the request without order or opinion now. They're taking their case to federal district. Judge andrew hannon arguments this morning. Drive thru voting follows the same procedures as in person voting voter. Id required sign and use of the same kind of voting machine but the voters stays inside their vehicle. Which pulls into a tent. Petitioners are expected to argue that represents enough of a change in procedure that only the state legislature can make harris county clerk. Chris hollins argues. It's not a change in how you voted. All in that the texas secretary of state's office approved of drive thru voting before the county adopted it. Petitioners also argue most of the drive through sites replaced in heavily democratic neighborhoods. Much of harris county has leaned heavily democratic in recent election cycles. Stay tuned news. Eighty eight seven for the latest on this ongoing legal tussle and other election related news while this legal battle plays out in harris county other counties are busy preparing for election day. Tuesday fort bend county like a lot of municipalities experienced. An all time high early voting turnout. I asked fort bend county election administrator. John oldham how he'd characterize early voting in his county. I think crazies the best way to describe it. Four years ago we had in the presidential election. Two hundred thousand vote in person this year. We had a little over two hundred ninety nine thousand so we sola thirty percent increase. We have more voters granted. But still you know when when all we hear about pandemic as people were scared to vote in person It was pretty remarkable. It surprised us completely. You had that initial hiccup with some equipment programmed in advance before the governor had extended the early voting dates by a week and so that led to some delays and extended hours but after that any issues technical or otherwise basi basically. It took us about two days to get everything back on on keel For the first day we had most people wrote in by eight thirty or start. Time was eight but we had two issues. Not only did we screw up but people only listen to what they hear the hours for harris county so at our when we were supposed to open the polls date many sites had several hundred people already aligned so even if we didn't contribute to the problem we would add a problem so but due to the huge numbers of people that came out on the first day fort bend county. Voters began using a new system of hardware and software devote back in may but is that was a primary election. I imagined for a lot of voters. This has been their first chance to use the new system. Can you explain how it works. And what they can expect as they walk through. The door actually was mid-july with the primary runoff that was extended for may and that was a. It's what's called a hybrid system. It works like a touchscreen. Voters given a blank ballot. They put it into the machine and they make their choices of it. Then prince out their choices on a card which they then deposited into a ballot box on top of which is a scammer so it's increasing tabulation. We don't know the results until after the post polls but it gives people. The opportunity is have a paper ballot. If they wanna see it compare it not only the choices on the screen when they review but also the ballot before they can drop it in and then also it was a lot of people more greater sense of security that it's paper. It's something that they can hold in the hand at sea and makes it easier to recount than it does electronically Although we never we always liked our electric voting system. I think they work. Well but you know this. This is the direction the country's going now so we had about a sixty two thousand in person votes using that system and Upside sixty eight thousand us. That's system in july but we had three hundred thousand. So far use it this november We also implemented for the first time in new electric pope book which i had reservations about doing because i hate to interject anything new in the in general election like this however is pretty much touchless so voters can make the choices on screen. Using a disposable stylus could sign in using a disposable stylus. They don't have to try to communicate through masks or anything else so we felt like it was a it was worth the tradeoff to to implement something new in a big election this well i can say i used it without any issues. Who's pretty straightforward right What what else should anyone who plans to vote tuesday in fort bend county no What should they bring with them. What they be aware of. Where of course we've been countywide polling places for five years now and so that's people can voted any of eighty four locations on tuesday if they go to our website. Www dot fort then votes that can see a map of the porn locations and also projected wait times the site so that You know they have a choice of going to one side or another one. Five minutes family. They can pick the one where we display the shortest. Wait time and we update those pretty much on an hourly basis. It didn't need to bring a photo. Id we had more people. In this early voting period. We did not have thought. Oh i'd even in the past because they can't get appointments at aps you know my point them sir months away so if they do not have a texas photo id or the receipt from with a applied for one where the photo on it from dps. They could bring him out of state driver's license they could bring a number of other documents and execute. What's called a reasonable impediment decorated. Should it will allow them to still vote but I need something with them with their name. And their address like a utility bill A government check host up with the name and address something like that to support this decoration so they could vote if they not been able to get a texas driver's license because of the pandemic you mentioned there are eighty four polling sites combination of high turnout social distancing restrictions and then fort bend county's population boom in recent years. I'm wondering if you think you'll anticipate the need for more voting locations and even that in future elections in the county. I'll going forward. We probably will. This is the most we've had in a number of years. Actually it's the most we've had since we went to countywide polling place program but I've been here twelve years and we had three hundred thousand voters. Now we've got four hundred ninety some odd. So that's what a forty percent increase in twelve years so and gross almost exponential between election so. Yeah we will probably have to have them. It can be challenging to find them so we have to have more. We've got to have better facilities and we have some locations now. It's just not the space that's available inside but we also have to look at how much parking's available location and how convenient it is to voters in light of the heavy early voting. What are you anticipating in terms of turnout on tuesday for the general election day. Well it's again. That's that's tough to say. We expected to seventy percent turnout in two thousand and sixteen. We were little about sixty five and a half percent In two thousand and eight we were sixty eight and a half percent. We've already surpassed. The percentage turnout from or pretty close to it anywhere. Where at sixty seven percent. So we're already ahead of the turnout for four years. Ago percentage wise and certainly in terms of raw numbers as we had one hundred thousand more people vote during the early voting in person than we did in the last presidential election. So we don't know if we look at the remaining voters out there. The registered voters are left. That have not voted. We could have as many as eight hundred thousand people turn out on election day if we have seventy percent turnout. I don't think that will happen. I'm thinking we'll probably be more in the sixty thousand brains and which is very manageable force. Seventy five thousand. We're going to have some minds because with public countywide polling places You don't know where people going to go and we'll have some sites that will probably only have one hundred voters will have others. That may have three thousand. So it's important that can people take advantage of the technology. Look our app and see where were the shortest lines are. Do you prepare for Election day any differently than you do. The days of early voting. Is there anything you have to do. The different well Essentially not that different from the first day of early voting course. Hopefully we don't have any how many quirks tomorrow it's different. It's a different setup but we we kinda judge it based upon what with a history of how many voters turned out at these sites that we've used in the past. We have new sites that we really don't know how much they'll turn out for. You know we didn't know how many people would turn out at the smart center. We loaded that up with a lot of workers. A lot of voting stations. And i think our fourth fourth busiest site so with some voter more traditional early voting sites with a lot less equipment in las less people actually process more voters. So you just really don't know where people are going to go. We also saw some ships here for example We have a polling place in our building it easily. The third or fourth business site had dropped off considerably simply because we probably added some other early voting sites so people shifted. Were going to vote. Do you have any sense of how long it might take to report. Votes tuesday night after the pulse. Close well our expectation is that that won't be is that we might even be doing faster than usual We will record our early voting results in our ballot by mail results. Immediately after seven pm no thing would hold us up. Would be if we do that. The post office walks in here five and seven over stack ballots. We have to report all ballot. That's come in on election day so that could hold it but as only happen to us once and so we expect to have seventy five to eighty five percent of the total turn out reported immediately after seven we also have implemented a new system where we're going to do some remote transmission over county networks from from far out in the county we have In the past we used to drop off locations for poll workers to bring their equipment and medium and then we were transported by truck when truck when everybody was there over here and so somebody might drop off at a truck at eight o'clock or eight fifteen but did not make a tar building ten thirty. Now they'll draw balls in their area county building that data. We'll be right there and uploaded to our server ear now. I if anybody's worried about that. We have two pieces of media and each Roading device so what gets transmitted the network will be Unofficial win the next day. We will read everything from a piece of media out of the voting device. That hasn't touched the internet so we fully expect them to be the same nonetheless will allow us to get results from election day results much quicker than we have an past john. Oldham is the elections administrator for fort. Bend county john. Thanks very much appreciate it absolutely anytime. Thank you and ernie moose will field any last minute questions. You have about voting on election day on today's town square at three o'clock. His guests include mary. Jane mud from the league of women voters houston and rocks werner from the harris county clerk's office and again stay tuned to news. Eighty eight seven four. The latest election news right through election day tomorrow returns tomorrow night and whatever may happen. In the days that follow you can also keep tabs on our coverage at houston public media dot org and on social media via the hashtag. Txz or text decides up next the history of job discrimination against african americans in houston over the last century and what ripple effects fell. Today stay with us is houston matters continues. this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. Let's start with the obvious. African americans in houston like every other major. Us city faced discrimination throughout the twentieth century when it came to jobs. Housing really almost anything. Here's what's maybe a little less obvious. The ongoing ripple effects of that discrimination. How it reverberates. Today it's something the houston chronicle's aaron. Douglas wrote about a couple of weeks ago. One of the folks. She talked with for her. Article was dr bernadette pruitt and associate professor of history at sam houston state university and they both join us now. Dr pruitt aaron. Douglas welcome to houston matters. Atlantic other get morning. Hurry you today. i'm well thanks. Good morning dr pruitt. We tend to think of migration of african americans in the first half of the twentieth century is moving from the rural south to the urban northeast midwest and west. But there was another great migration. You wrote about in a book. Several years ago focusing on rural african americans moving specifically to houston. How many are we talking about in from where exactly. so if we're looking specifically at those african descend americans who made their way to houston. We're talking about An estimated fifty thousand if we're looking at a national pitcher. It's a little more difficult to ascertain. Because scholars have generally just focus their efforts on the great exodus out of the south. But it could be an estimated ten to twelve million african americans who uprooted their communities for places elsewhere so it it could be six million if we're looking generally at the entire south but one thing is for certain in one thousand nine hundred seventy when we began to see the return. Migrations of african americans. these return migrations back into the south. It was very obvious that the majority of african americans were still living in the south fifty. Three percent of blacks lived in the south. Now that's different from ninety percent was still. The majority are still southerners. Essentially instead of being rural people are essentially urban. By the time we get to nine hundred seventy and actor pruitt decided that the the setting they wanted was houston a. What did they find when they got here. Good questioned they found an abundance of jobs obviously because houston is one of the chief beneficiaries of the second industrial revolution right largely. Thanks to the discovery of oil at spindle. Top in one thousand nine hundred one and The tragic galveston hurricane of nineteen hundred both of these events will help to propel Economic opportunities for southerners for texans for immigrants who are fleeing abuse discrimination in europe Even immigrants coming from From okay. Chinese primarily are making their way into houston for african americans specifically. They found jobs In various areas primarily unskilled industrial jobs unskilled craft jobs for unskilled job. What is interesting. Is the african americans who will permanently moved to houston. They will essentially build on those temporary migrations. They have participated in for decades between the end of the civil war in the twentieth century. African americans would move to huston temporarily black men week but also sometimes black women four tipperary work when their work with no longer necessary on the farm during the summer months during the winter months. Returning to the farms. Obviously when they were needed but they primarily found unskilled jobs but they also found an emerging growing number of middle class. Jobs jobs that targeted schoolteachers business owners even physicians and nurses and pharmacists dentists because of the houston's growing black population and because people were making more money they have more wealth to Provide services for this growing professional class. That let me bring aaron douglas. In at this point erin another piece in all of this is housing communities where people of color ultimately. Where did they find themselves. Living in y. Yeah and so. I think that a lot of this has to do with A zoning which of which houston does not have owning But it also has to do with deed restrictions and other tools of housing regulations that houston has used historically and when he came to houston As brinda found in her research on you third ward sunnyside independence as acres homes fifth ward. Freemen's town in the fourth ward These are all communities where Black workers and their families Found independence. they found well And they were able to find jobs etc but then in the nineteen thirties and nineteen forties when the federal government began to offer loans to help Little middle income people buy houses that lending often are restricted to these communities through practice known as redlining which essentially investment to these communities was discouraged impart based on race because these neighborhoods with high concentrations of black residents are rated as hazardous or and then areas that have high concentrations of white residents You know where it rated as good investments and this became a real problem Because then You know values in these neighborhoods started to decline And that sort of drives out residents and You know creates them issues for environmental contamination. That we still see today. And that's what i wanted to take us to. Now is what. What are some of the reverberations today. Aaron of that discriminatory culture from generations past. Yeah yeah and so. I would say that You know because we don't have zoning it's been voted down three times in the last century And these other tools were used it was almost like there was a tool that that black neighborhoods necessarily using to to keep out industry Or had they had more limited tools to keep out industry as compared to maybe other cities And so i made a some neighborhoods in houston really vulnerable to encroaching industry development. And you know there's research that shows that Black people are an average exposed to fifty six percent more air pollution than they create as opposed to non hispanic people who are exposed to seventeen percent less air pollution than they clause and so That's that's a particularly stark issue here in houston doctor pruitt. How important is it to connect those dots from past discriminatory or racist policies. And in some cases you know in generations later we're still seeing the effects of those policies even long after they're gone right. What's very important to connect the dots because when we recognize the correlation between. I'm gonna go back. As far as the slave trade. We understand that systematic structural racism is impacted people's ability to function psychologically spiritually economically in ways that their white peers have enjoyed for centuries. I think we're we're we're we're able to understand the long term effect. I think it's easier to understand the frustration behind this perception. That police brutality remains constant in our communities If the question is why is it. That african americans Are they not homeowners primarily. Well you can go back to specific a specific policies the gi bill for example provided unprecedented opportunities for veterans of world. War two veterans but african americans. And i mean the majority As many ninety percent of black veterans did not benefit from the bill immediately So when why veterans are able to secure business loans when they're able to buy homes in new suburban communities all of this is off limits to blacks y well it shouldn't be but because local Communities are distributing the gi bill for funding when they respond to beaufort distributing these funds well African americans are going to face intimidation. They're going to be told. No you cannot apply And they will eventually give up okay. When the housing act of nineteen forty nine came about in many ways building on the gi bill providing low interest loans for americans. African americans were set out and there was. There was no incentive to even build new subdivision it's in black communities so the long term effects of racism is extraordinary and again we're only talking about one particular aspect of let's look at education. Let's look at healthcare. okay We can look at various aspects of society and see the long term of that the debilitating effects. Dr bernadette pruitt is an associate professor of history at sam houston state university. Aaron douglas rights for the houston chronicle. Thank you both. Thank you so much of their holiday. U2 next daylight saving time a pandemic election. There's a lot happening right now. That might leave you struggling to get a good night's rest we're here to help fielding your sleep and sleep disorder questions at talk at houston matters dot org or seven one three four four zero eight hundred. Seventy is houston matters continues. This is houston matters. Cohen as if cove insomnia weren't enough. There's a lot of anxiety out there about election day tomorrow. What may happen. What may not happen. Who may win. Who may lose. Who may or may not accept winning or losing throw in our clocks going back and our yesterday and well heck. There's a lot quite a lot that could be getting in the way of good night's sleep these days. If you're having trouble sleeping for those or other reasons we are here to help your sleep and sleep disorder questions now for dr sousa silva jealously expert with mcgovern medical center at ut health and medical director of the neurological. Sleep medicine center at memorial. Hermann dr television ula. Welcome back to the program. Good morning nine. K be back glad to have you with us and the the doctors here to feel your questions about well everything to do with sleep. From the best habits you can get into before turning into medicine you may or may not want used as sleep disorders like sleep apnea or snoring or sleep. Walking your questions are welcome now at talk at houston matters dot org or you can call us at seven one. Three four four zero eight seventy seven one three four four zero eight seventy dr television. Many folks have trouble sleeping. During periods of heightened anxiety set aside for a moment the natural anxiety manifest during the pandemic. We are also on the eve of a major presidential election. That could have reverberations for years to come. A lot of people have a lot invested in it if you're the type who lives and breathes politics you're going to have a tough time sleeping the next couple of nights. What advice can you offer a political junkies for quieting their minds and getting a good night's rest. I think the advice for political junkies. Extend to pretty much everyone. It doesn't just happen to highly functioning professional And you needed it. It's the anxiety that underlies Any sleep issues and you know the most common sort of misconception that if you know sleep is somewhat separate from what you do in the day but it is very clearly an extension of everything that you do which means any of hyper arousal in the day that extend into the night will result in insomnia. Now you know there's an age old adage about things that you can control and things that you can't control That there are two classes of people here again. People that won't sleep and people that can't sleep now the people that won't sleep. I can only tell you. Look you'll have to pay this back one way or the other But they up intentionally for whatever reason it may be the political news so you know where the oh up getting a project and and you think that you know eventually sleep will come to you if you have the genetic predisposition. There's a chance that you might not be able to sleep at the futures. You continue to play around with your biological them. But those who can't keep if this is temporary you know it's just election day and the next two days although quite show help others election anxiety will continue of. You'll probably going to be able to devote yourself to your natural biological to them. If you can't take help what you can do is minimize the states of arousal close to your biological time and for you know. We usually think of somewhere between nine and eleven for most people but everybody has an inset clock. You know when you're about to fall asleep you know when you get just like you drowsy. You ignore that famine you go past it. There's a chance that you might not fall to try to go to sleep before that you may not fall asleep either. Learn to listen to your body. You don't what get drowsy timers for an hour prior to that they can winding down in whatever it may be and whatever winds you up. Move away from it. It's worth it. That internal clock gets messed with a little bit when daylight saving time ends as it did this past weekend how does something like daylight saving time effect potentially sleep habits and that's a very interesting question because just last month. The american academy of sleep medicine came up with a position statement on how it was time to end this tradition of daylight saving at one time it was probably relevant when we didn't have electricity lining up the whole world when a lot of us were not working from home and office hours set. It doesn't happen like that anymore. You don't really living at work and working from home things through changed Daylight savings what is traditionally the an hour or so right now. We are back to what we consider traditional biological because daylight savings have ended. There's a whole host of literature on how many workplace accident health hazards including re rise in rates of my function to touted at an all time. Most daylight savings in much especially most people usually welcomed the change in the fall because it allows you an extra hour of sleep. In fact you'll notice change and productivity even though it happened over the weekend so it does affect your rhythm. A lot of people would advise especially for those that are very sensitive time changes but a week when daylight saving begins to start limiting slowly lays on your lifestyle and what you do so it doesn't hit you by surprise even though it's on the weekend but it does affect your circadian them. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. Were discussing sleep and sleep disorders with sleep expert. Dr sousa televi- july we welcome your questions and comments at seven one. Three four four zero eight seventy or email us talk at houston matters dot org David in houston did that and wanted to share a sleep aid that he uses. He says he has an amazon echo alexa in his bedroom. A says it can play a wide selection of sleep sounds from tibetan bells to ocean. Sounds he says to my favorite airplane ride. It'll play all night. If you say lupan favorite is playing. I've also seen another example on youtube. People will post hours and hours of soothing. Sounds and visuals that theoretically will aid sleep. Do you like those kinds of sleep aids or do you think no. You need to find another way to do it. That doesn't involve electronic devices as long as you're not staring straight into the bloodstream. You're probably recommend to sleep. Psalm has been found to achieve very be very important Device with not synchronizes brain activity all the five senses. We have on probably something that we can do passively the same measure if you think about the five senses people also talk about smells and tastes like lavender that help you relax Venues subject sensory stimulation to mow away to a more repetition of sort of boring activity. It has it's the sound your show. Why as long as you're not staring at the screen or intent on changing sounds all night and wondering what it's doing to you If it has to withdraw sensory stimulation had no question. We have an email from Gene may says. I have no problem falling asleep but routinely wakeup several hours before. I'd like to wake up and says what would you recommend taking medication meditation. Just getting up. Is there fast acting sleep medication. That also doesn't last more than a couple of hours. So i can get up and not feel groggy and the that is the question of sleep. Maintenance insomnia invited related in some. These mostly sleep onset insomnia which means trouble falling asleep rather than staying asleep. the two things i would like to highlight here. One is it's sleep. Maintenance insomnia is probably one of the few types of in some way you would actually runners sleep study to see what wakes you up. It could simply be sleep apnea could be you kicking around electric that you're not aware of course idiotically moments and sleep it could be a host of reasons and if you decide that there is really nothing that specifically wakes you up. Then the question is what do you do from that. He s then shot. I think sleep is in fact Sleep aids come across the spectrum of durations of action but even the longest acting sleep as intended to stay short because that way. They won't retreat into your money. They also showed. I think sleep aids but really will wants to act quickly and then phase off so they don't make you up in the but i mean they don't sit in your system in the morning Typically the advice for people that wake up in the middle of the night and can't sleep is number one evaluate at how much sleep you've had if you had between six around six or sewing up feeling. Okay that's probably a rhythm to if you're sitting up in bed and tossing and turning and looking the clock and not falling asleep sitting in the chair find something simple to read and go back to bed when you drowsy The third seek has really That i think can be done. We have an email question from tina who wants to know what you think about using l. Theon can you explain what the suddenly an amino acid ended up being. A few studies lately about The the utility of felty names these have been done Their small numbers. They're not. They're not huge randomized control studies but typically that tends to be the way with many of these quote unquote naturally available As as both sleep and those seem to suggest that yes again impulsively in My practice if it's typically over the counter it's not something that you need As the separate prescription it's usually available as the conglomerate with other things that india sleep is with. Winston's valerian root melatonin. It's usually it doesn't come by itself but again because if a supplement the too many formulations to keep draco but there is data suggests that it does headset it sleep onset although sleep maintenance cistern question. Some people need silence to sleep others. Need noise chatter. Something in the background. Sometimes these two people are in the same bed and what works really well for one is disaster for the other. What do you recommend with. That's a tough one. Isn't it Headphones and Either noise cancelling when those that are streaming. Whatever you want into your head. That was Unfortunately i have seen. Many couples separated in separate bedrooms. And actually separate because of you know differently circumstances that are bed for instance that will have hidden what maybe separate beds for the same kind of splits into sort of two sections which allow one person to sleep in position and the other non The silent sectors. It's actually pretty disturbing those. That need complete silence. It might have to use one of those noise cancelling headphones with and they come in Flavors compatible sleeps in our for There there's also a very common question of you know the husband snorting in the life not be able to sleep. Get the husband to see a physician. It does I but yet been a things that you can do to separate out the two environments even within the same bedroom while each of us Probably has our own best practices or what we believe. Our best practices for getting a good night's rest. Are there some good habits that can get into generally that should better ensure a good night sleep. Most experts agree that maintaining the fleet routine is probably the best thing that you can do yourself. Not just a sleeper team. Work time routine and if you've heard that consistently whether it's from the beginning of the spending maybe more so from the beginning of this pandemic that the fact that you are working from home doesn't mean that you know your routine is done for maintaining separate we've been retired routine. Is sydney the key to triggering your biological rhythms and maintaining them in check When you let those run wires it eventually comes to get back at the younger. You are You know the sooner you're able to climate feel says to in changing rhythms but as you grow older that maintenance routine is critical not just for you know your homeless and also during the day but for everything else including your blood glucose control your immune response your steroid fighting flight response cognition memory attention and so forth so maintaining that you know daytime versus nighttime differentiation is important but that also means you know betting everything from redrawing away from all sorts of simulations closet a time finding something that relaxes you to do it. I mean i know these are basics. These are you know something pretty much everyone should be doing but actually putting mind down through it and making it a commitment that we have a question from dean in houston and he says it's sort of a follow up from the listener. Who talked about often waking up several hours sooner than desired dean says. I have the same problem. I often wake up around two. Am if i eat a bowl of cereal with milk. Usually while watching tv. I will get drowsy and fall asleep within thirty minutes. I'm not overweight. Is the solution a problem. So this sunday that suggests that many Sleep inducing substances Like defense winstons. Eight would be again interesting to look and see why you wake up in the first place. What makes you feel. you're having to use the bathroom. You know what is it and still have secondary something that can be controlled if it is Leave maybe just a glass of milk that you can avoid the and stuff that comes with syria but If you and your family have adjusted to the fact that you can wake up in the middle of the night spend half an hour. It doesn't disturb anyone and go back to sleep and then he up feeling rested. It's probably okay. But you certainly want to do some investigation into why you're waking up in the past. I also i'm curious about the tv part or should should dean at least try a couple of nights of tried drinking the milk and not turning the tv on and see how see how it goes so the question is a tricky one. Because you know there's Conflicting streams of thoughts one being you know the content on the tv. What is it that you're watching evan. Fooding and something that allows you to take your mind off other things in allows you to fall asleep it's perhaps okay On the other hand it depends on what you're watching again. You know it's just something that's affecting something that's gonna grip. You obviously doesn't seem from what you're telling us that that's what you're watching. There's also a lot of concern right now about how blue light affects our either them but the fact that he would fall asleep watching tv you know for a short period of time turned off. It's probably okay. The only thing that i would caution you on getting dependent on the tv to policy that again can be changed into some other form of stimulus with coaching. That can help you fall asleep minus that. Tv dr sousa telenovelas asleep expert with mcgovern medical center at ut health and medical director of the neurological. Sleep medicine center at memorial. Hermann dr television. Thanks very much having me sweden mall Then see them while houston still competing with a number of other cities to host twenty twenty six world cup soccer tournament games. The city is already working on the sorts of human rights related challenges that can plague such major events like human trafficking here to tell us about that effort and to catch us up on. Houston's bid status are chris canetti the president of the houston twenty twenty six world cup bid committee and all patel davis of the city of houston of human trafficking and domestic violence. Christmas all good morning. Welcome good morning. Good morning chris. Lamaze glad to have you with us. Chris start with you. What is the latest on. Houston's world cup bid well we We are continuing to be in the bid process Fiba is is leading the process and we have encountered a bit of a delay here due to covid so at this point. It looks like a decision will come probably late. Twenty twenty one We were expecting something to come late this year but do cova just like many other things of course our society it's been pushed back in and delayed the process We'll have to wait a little bit. Is there anything to do between now and then to cement houston's bid for games or is it just and see situation now. Oh yeah there's plenty to do We continue to work very very hard on the bid on a daily basis. This human rights project that we're about to talk about is one but chief is engaged and there's lots of questions and feedback and things that we need to be doing In in work with feta but at the same time We continue to work locally with all the various stakeholders in our community to try to build a strong case for ourselves and be ready when the time comes all houston has been home to super bowls. We've hosted world series major conventions all sorts of things in recent years inevitably when those events are held. We hear that they tend to be hot spots for problems like human trafficking. How much of a problem you know. No one is really to talk about the exact scale what we do season increase in online. Ads that advertise sex for sale And here is really asked us to broaden the scope of issues. We look at human trafficking is one of them but they're also asking us to look at safety and security. Crag workers rights migrants non-discrimination human trafficking. Of course the right to participate in the conduct of public affairs housing and disability access as well. So they've asked us to broaden the look. I'm just taking the lead here at the city and working with my colleagues ensure that we engage the stakeholders in the community across all of those areas. Like chris said that a work towards us hopefully securing the bid and being a host city in twenty twenty six min. All what work is already being done on those fronts to address those human rights issues so for human trafficking and specifically. I'll speak to that since. I lead that area. Recently we pass City council passed a hotel ordnance around human trafficking and required requiring cities over five hundred hotels to train and certify that they've trained their employees on labor and sex trafficking. That's just one instance with that. We saw happen in the death of george floyd. Hp d. and their skills that policing the community Were something that we're on. You know that was talked about nationally. So that's another that is going to be looking at here disability access. It's something that isn't going to be as much of an issue here in the us as compared to possibly mexico and certainly some of the other sites that the world cup's been hosted on right so these are some of the different things that were working on currently or that we already have a good track record of that will highlight to see but also engage stakeholders at november twelfth meeting to see what they think or identified or increase risks across the world cup operations. Which is really what faith has made the commitment to do is have human rights policies you know spread across its global operations. And so that's what. They're really looking for us to do here chris. What steps says the bid committee taken and the off chance we get to host world cup games in twenty twenty six to be ready to address such issues when the time comes while the good news is we've been way out front on this issue The world cup bid committee as a reminder was formed back in october of two thousand and eighteen. And i started working there in january of two thousand and nineteen and early on in the process. Along with our as chairperson we created a human rights subcommittee. so that's subcommittees been at work engaging with stakeholders in the community for well over a year now and when we got this assignment from fee for. let's say six weeks ago To to answer some some potential risks and challenges that exist in our community and come back to them with a plan we were well structured well organized and able to pull things together quickly and we were the first of the seventeen host candidates cities to announce the creation of this type of workshop To again engage the stakeholders and come back with them with a great plan for fee for so feel like we're in good shape here it You know protecting and defending human rights has been one of the key pillars behind our strategic. Plan in place for like. I said well over a year so lots taking place on that front chris. Who's taking part in this Workshop that i. I guess i should point out. We'll be held virtually november november twelfth. Right so at last check we had well over. Fifty members of our community leaders Various human rights organizations that have signed on to participate to engage in the conversation that you know and her team is going to lead the expect that number to grow over the course of The next week or so with the the the first workshop being november twelfth but definitely a wide range of people from all the different interest groups From the The various Categories that laid out earlier. Chris canetti is the president of the houston. Twenty two thousand six world cup bid committee manal patel. Davis is director of the city of houston office of human trafficking and domestic violence. Chris paul thanks very much. Thanks crank good catching up and that'll do it for today. Show the houston matters. Team includes michael. Hegarty joshua's in brenda ruis and troy schultz. David pitman's our technical director. We had help today from davis land. Remember again join ernie maneuver towns square today at three on news. Eight seven any last minute. Lingering questions you have about the tomorrow. Earning his guests will be ready to answer them on. Tomorrow's show we'll check in with eight seven. Reporters and producers from various polling places around greater houston to get a flavor of how election day is going also just in case. You're inclined to do some stress eating about the election that we can donate but you know we all got to eat our full menu. Foodies will discuss their favourite houston. Comfort food options. Plus michael hegarty talks with a houston based author and direct descendant of the spiritual leader of the pilgrims. I'm craig cohen. Join us tomorrow. For those and other houston matters.
"And live from news. Eighty eight seven in houston. I'm eddie robinson all right so news. Eighty seven looked at the data from this year's election and found voters in greater houston supported the democratic presidential candidate at increasing rates compared to two thousand sixteen our very own elizabeth trove all examined the data and five counties in the houston region and found. They all got a bit bluer. This year we looked at the votes. In harris fort bend galveston resort and montgomery counties the takeaway former vice president joe biden earned a larger share of the vote than hillary clinton did for years ago. In most of those counties president donald trump performed proportionately worse than in two thousand sixteen montgomery county of the biggest shift towards democrats biden earned almost thirty thousand more votes than clinton did in two thousand sixteen overall. The county still went. For trump of the five counties in the region harris county had the smallest shift left though the county. Lean democrat. More than half a million voters. They're still cast their ballots for trump. More right wing. Votes were cast their than in the other four counties combined. I'm elizabeth trove. All in in the federal government is asking texas for more proof that the state is making progress in special education. The requests from the us department of education comes nearly three years. After texas was slammed for denying services to children with disabilities as education reporter. Laura eisenson explains for years. The texas education agency had an arbitrary cap on how many children could receive special education. That came to light thanks to a houston chronicle investigation and the feds ordered the state to fix it back in twenty eighteen but in a letter to education commissioner mike marafe federal officials say they couldn't verify the texas education agency had followed through on its entire corrective action plan last year. Houston public media reported. How many texas families were still struggling to access special. Ed services. The ta has to respond in january. I'm laura is in houston we've reached out to the texas education agency for comment so far no response local health officials are once again urging historians to get their flu. Shot dr david purse with the houston. Health department says corona virus cases arising around the state and people need to also protect themselves against the flu. One of the problems that we may face in viral season is if somebody's got symptoms and they drink a flu shot. They're probably going to think. Oh it's just the flu. When in fact they have covert and they're spreading it so one thing that you can do is should be kitchen. Flu shot now and you get symptoms. It'll be far less likely the flu. So you will know quickly quarantine yourself so you don't spread it. The health department says about seven percent of tests in the city are coming back positive for covid nineteen a with hot spots developing around the state people should take as many precautions as possible. Patchy fog right now but sunshine is expected to take over today. Fifty six degrees right now. At bush airport support for npr comes from i-drive providing cloud backup full system. Backup and onsite i-drive.
"You're listening to. Npr live from news at eight seven in houston on water. The head of houston's events venues says he's expected to see major events coming back in the second half of next year he houston's tourism industry has been hurting since large conventions and concerts are still cancelled. Michael heckman is acting. Ceo of houston first corporation. Not seeing as many out and out cancellations which is good news. I think that the the vaccine news is Is the light at the end of the tunnel. We'll see how it's ultimately distributed and brought the scale harris county remains at a level one cove threat level officials are discouraging. Any large gatherings ammos childcare. Big issue for many parents during the pandemic for being county is starting a new program. Mad harrop tells us about a new partnership with local organizations aimed at helping families in need fort bend county's childcare task force announced an alignment with the ymca boys and girls clubs of america and other private childcare facilities in the area. The county is using federal cares. Act dollars to give eligible family's financial support education in tutoring resources for kids during the pandemic fort bend county judge. Kp george says there is a great need in his community for this because of the amount of students learning virtually and this will help parents who can't stay home and must physically go to work. Parents can apply online at ymca. Houston dot org to see if they meet the programs qualifications. I met here of in houston. People receiving unemployment in texas must now report. They're looking for work so they can keep getting benefits. That requirement was suspended during the pandemic. But it's now been reinstated. Sisco gomez is with the texas workforce commission. We are now past november fifteenth. So people will need to certify that they have completed activities when they make their payment requests in order to be eligible for benefits about one point. Four million texans are now receiving unemployment for the latest on the corona virus in greater. Houston you can go to our website. Houston public media dot org clear skies tonight overnight. Low near fifty seven right now sixty nine degrees on the uh campus. I'm gail lauder news. Eight seven support for. Npr comes from capital one offering capital one. Shopping a downloadable brian.
"Hundred fifty seven, this is NPR live news eighty, eight seven in Houston ongoing water. George Floyd's family was in Houston today to honor what would have been his forty seventh birthday congresswoman Sheila jackson-lee helped unveil a mural of floyd worry grew up in the third ward. She stood alongside felonious floyd who has people to vote in honor of his late brother good ball your income taxes on styles, Medicaid government assistance, and things of that nature vote for your neighborhood and your ancestors. Early Voting Begins Tomorrow in Harris. County Florida also made a plea for the US. Senate to pass Jackson lease justice, and policing, act, which was drafted following the death of his brother. Meanwhile. All of Fort Bend County's law enforcement officers could soon be wearing body cameras. Laurie and Martin tells us a new committee is working on a county wide policy. Some law enforcement agencies in Fort Bend County already have body cameras, but the goal is to equip all of them and create one policy for the whole county for bend officials say they plan to take advantage of a matching grant for body cameras Texas legislature created five years ago. But why did it take so long Houston in Harris County for Example have had body camera programs for some years now, Kevin? Buckler. Criminal Justice Professor at the University of Houston downtown. He says, there could be several reasons for the delay. There are some reporting requirements that are tied to that state grant that may serve as kind of a deterrent to some departments. Afford Ben County spokesperson says there had been conversations to pursue the state grant before but got new urgency with the death of George Floyd. Police shootings this year I'm Florida and Martin in Houston in San Diego. Right. Now, there are playing game to the American League Championship series at the top of the ninth the Tampa Bay rays lead the astros forty two. We're expecting mostly clear skies tonight overnight low drop down to about sixty eight degrees. It's going to be sunny and warm tomorrow with a high near eighty seven and then temperatures around sixty five degrees tomorrow night right now partly cloudy Skies Ninety degrees on the UH campus I'm gail daughter News Eighty, eight, seven support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include. cdw It orchestration.
"Today this is. Npr live from news. Eighty eight seven in houston. I'm gail water. Texas lieutenant governor. Dan patrick says he's offering to host a meeting between mayor sylvester turner in houston firefighters to help negotiate pay raises. The firefighters union says more than half of cadets leave to work in other cities because they aren't making enough money. Patrick says he hopes mayor can restart. Negotiations have been stalled for years and again. There's every story in the city. Has its budget problem. And i'm not here to get in the middle. But i'm here if i can bring both sides of the table if i can maybe shining a spotlight on that the city of houston houston voters in two thousand. Eighteen approved. A measure to require pay parity for police and firefighters but negotiations came to a standstill after a state judge roll. The proposition was unconstitutional. Nearly six thousand doses of the pfizer vaccine of now been delivered to fort bend county health. Reporter sara will earnt says a fort ben. Health department gotha doses. After it was named a vaccine help fort. Ben health and human services has begun reaching out to a wait list of five thousand people who will get first dibs. This shipment is adding to the roughly thirty five thousand people who have already gotten at least one dose already in a county of eight hundred thousand people. Kp georgia county judge. There said similar testing it will take time for vaccine availability to ramp up. I am as for stated. You are one of the challenges. We are facing his not having enough vaccine available. And as you all know. I i compare that to twenty twenty march april time when it comes to the test availability so i think it all will get better for been plans to open multiple vaccination sites although the locations have not been finalized. People can preregister at their web site at bc. Health dot org. I'm sarah earns in houston and for more on the corona virus in greater. Houston you can go to our website. That's houston public media dot org. There's a sixty percent chance of rain this evening. We all see some patchy fog later on tonight overnight. Low should drop down to about sixty two degrees right now. Seventy on the campus. I'm gail to lauder news at eight seven support for. Npr comes from i-drive providing cloud backup full system. Backup and onsite.