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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, February 22, 1971
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Welch POW's: In February 1971, Houston Mayor Louie Welch led a delegation of 17 Houstonians on a mission to Paris, France, to talk with communist diplomats about prisoners of war. (Each member represented one of the 17 Houstonians believed to be held in North Vietnam.) Representatives from Hanoi, the Viet Cong, and the National Liberation Front—in Paris for the ongoing peace talks—all declined Welch's request for a meeting. The Paris Peace Accords were not signed until January 27, 1973.
    Arrival in Paris
    Louvre Museum
    Welch describes the objective of the diplomatic mission
    Salt Grass: Ranchers stop to rest and eat during the Salt Grass Trail Ride. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey of pioneer cattlemen taking their herds from the Gulf Coast to Houston. The tradition continues to this day, with travelers riding from Brenham to Houston, roughly 80 miles, in wagons or on horseback each February.
    Vance on Criminal Code: Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance describes revisions to the penal code
    Water Hearing
    Lloyd Bentsen: US Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas explains his decision to visit Vietnam and what he plans to do during his trip