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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, August and September 1964
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Summer 1954: A representative with the Houston Housing Authority comments on the agency's plan to integrate following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 
    A spokesman for the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute responds to a allegations of racial discrimination lobbied against the facility. The hospital is now known as the MD Anderson Cancer Center. 
    Woody Hosp: Reporters ask defense attorney Clyde Woody about Melvin Lane Powers' attempts to fight extradition to Florida. He also comments on law enforcement access to his client, Houston socialite Candace Mossler. Powers and Mossler, his aunt, were accused of murdering Mossler's husband, Jacques. Jacques was stabbed and bludgeoned to death on June 30, 1964, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Police arrested Powers three days later. Mossler was not indicted until July 1965. The accused went to trial in 1966, with the prosecution arguing that Powers and Mossler were lovers hoping to acquire the victim's multi-million-dollar fortune. According to the New York Times, the Mossler-Powers trial was so lurid that the judge barred spectators under 21. The pair was acquitted in 1966. Powers went on to become a Houston real estate tycoon.  
    Bedside interview with Mossler in the hospital
    Chapman, 09/15/64: W. Kyle Chapman, a member of the Harris County Commissioners Court, talks about hospital funding as well as a proposal to create a hospital district. The Ben Taub General Hospital of Houston and Harris County opened in May 1963. 
    Hunger Strike: KHOU reporter Ron Stone speaks with an administrator at the Harris County jail about an ongoing hunger strike among prisoners
    The group of prisoners explain their grievances
    Interview with the prison warden