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October 14 Newsletter

Harris County sets record for turnout on first day of early voting

According to the Harris County Clerk’s Office, 115,000 people had voted in the county before 6 p.m. By the times the polls closed for the night, more than 128,000 people had voted across the county. The record for highest day turnout during early voting was broken after 4 p.m. when the number passed the 100,000 mark. The previous record of 100,005 was set in 2016 on the last day of early voting.

Mayor Turner hosts rally at University of Houston to introduce Early Voting Challenge for Houston-area universities
As the first day of early voting begins Tuesday, Mayor Sylvester Turner is encouraging young people to participate in the 2020 election.
What you need to know about early voting
Early voting runs from Oct. 13 - 30.
This is the full schedule:
  • Oct. 13-17: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 19-24: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City, county partner on COVID-19 homeless rehab center
The City of Houston and Harris County are making an effort to help a community that has become one of their most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harris County has more uninsured kids than most — and it's only getting worse

One in seven children in Harris County were uninsured in 2019, one of the highest rates in the country and almost triple the national average, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

Houston to be home to the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the U.S.

Breaking stigmas and setting a new bar for design, the UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center is set to open its doors in late 2021.

Supreme Court Rules That Census Count Can Be Cut Short
After extending the deadline to count every person in America, a process complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration reversed course. Critics saw a political motive.
Trying to reach herd immunity is ‘unethical’ and unprecedented, WHO head says
The head of the World Health Organization said Monday that allowing the novel coronavirus to spread in an attempt to reach herd immunity was “simply unethical.”
Dying in a Leadership Vacuum
ovid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.
Dallas Is the Second Least-Insured Large City in the Country
Only Houston has a worse rate, and Dallas is joined by Fort Worth and Arlington in the bottom 10.
Acres Homes Native Mayor Sylvester Turner Knows His Roots
The local leader attests to the power of community-oriented neighborhoods.
Monica Roberts, Transgender Advocate and Journalist, Dies at 58
Ms. Roberts started her blog, TransGriot, in 2006, at a time when coverage of transgender issues by the mainstream media was limited.
Houston Athletics Represented at “Mayor’s Challenge” Announcement
Representatives from the Houston Soccer, Track and Field, and Volleyball programs joined Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday as the Mayor revealed his "Mayor's Challenge" for city's local universities.
Latinas had the highest unemployment rate this year — and it’s driving them to vote
In April, one in five Latinas were jobless. In November, unemployment will be on their minds.
Trump’s Illness and the Need for a Reset on U.S. Coronavirus Policy

Promoting the use of masks, contact tracing and social distancing could still save 100,000 lives. Reasons for the summer rise in cases have been debated, but for me it was relatively straightforward: the White House Coronavirus Task Force insisted that the individual states lead and chart their own COVID-19 destiny, while the federal government would back them up with manufacturing support. This was a failed strategy from day one. Individual states lacked the expertise to contain the virus, and they needed the smoke screen of the Department of Health and Human Services for the governors to justify unpopular measures for virus containment


World’s biggest wind and solar producer now worth more than ExxonMobil

In yet another sign of the pace of the global energy transition – and the massive switch taking place in the investment community – the market value of company that describes itself as the world’s biggest producer of wind and solar power, US utility NextEra, has overtaken that of what used to be the world’s most valuable company, oil major ExxonMobil.

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