Here are things to know for Tuesday, January 11:
1. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Raises COVID-19 Threat Level to Red
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Monday that she had raised the county’s COVID-19 threat level to red, the highest level.
The county judge cited a growing number of hospitalizations, with the 14-day average for positive intensive care cases reaching 18.1% and the positivity rate at 35%.
Level 1 indicates a serious and uncontrolled threat for COVID-19 and urges residents to stay home except for basic needs such as going to the grocery store to buy food or medicine, according to Harris County Public Health .
2. A man is remembered as a leader of a deaf community killed during a daily walk in the neighborhood of Fallbrook
Houston’s deaf community mourns the loss of one of its greatest and most influential advocates.
Robert Yost, 75, died on January 5 during his daily walk through his Fallbrook subdivision.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports that he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
“I was told he was hit by a gray truck. There is a video of the gray truck, but there is no video of the actual contact. But right after, neighbors came out and said they heard the truck pull away, ”said Roberts So, Chris.
3. Conroe Church seeks answers after finding nearly 2 dozen bullet holes in the church
The Conroe Police Department is investigating after several bullet holes were discovered in the back of Hopewell Community Church over the weekend.
Investigators said police responded to reports of a shooting after a church official discovered bullet holes in the back of the church building.
Conroe police said they believed the church was not the initial target, but believe the gunfire came from a nearby property on January 7 and 8.
4. Jazmine Barnes’ gunshot death among high-profile Harris County trials due in 2022
Some of the Houston area’s most notorious crimes will face major trials this year, including the senseless shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes and the horrific drowning of siblings Oralyn and Kayana Thomas, whose bodies were found in a crawl space under their neighbor’s house.
Jury selection in these and other high-profile criminal cases is expected to begin this year. Please keep in mind that the trial dates and court appearances listed below are subject to change. The Harris County court system is grappling with tens of thousands of backlogs in criminal courts, including 24,189 felony cases and 19,103 misdemeanor cases that have racked up since the start of the COVID pandemic. 19. Note that the figures do not include cases pending before January 2020. Prior to the pandemic, in the summer of 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused severe damage to the Harris County Criminal Justice Center and the Jury Assembly building in the United States. county, stopping the court proceedings and the jury. trials for months.
5. Rice and 15 other universities accused of plotting to limit financial aid
Federal lawsuit filed in Illinois over the weekend accuses 16 private universities – including Rice University in Houston – of using a common formula to calculate student financial needs in a way that unfairly limits aid to students who need it.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are five former students of some of these schools who say universities violate antitrust laws, which prohibit competitors from conspiring to fix prices.
A spokesperson for Rice University declined to comment on the ongoing trial.
The lawsuit claims that by limiting financial aid, this group of schools have engaged in pricing, reducing competition and inflating tuition fees for those receiving financial aid. The plaintiffs calculated that the scheme affects more than 170,000 recipients of financial aid at a cost amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.
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