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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 24 - 29, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Humble Parade, 04/25/68: The Humble High School marching band leads a parade through downtown Humble
    Traffic Breakfast, 04/25/68: Patrolmen attend a breakfast presentation about traffic accidents
    Houston Chief of Police Herman Short
    Physical Condition, 04/25/68: Physical conditioning at the the US Marine Corps Reserve headquarters in Houston. While the sign identifies the Third Amphibian Tractor Company, all companies for that battalion continue to be located at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. 
    Construction Fatal, 04/24/68: Investigators on the scene of a fatal construction accident
    Britisher on Gold, 04/24/68: A British economic expert comments on the lasting gold rush in the European market. The influx in gold sales resulted from Italy's defection from the seven-nation international gold pool the previous month. 
    Wallace Arrives, 04/25/68: Third-party presidential candidate George Wallace arrives in Beaumont and begins his jam-packed campaign tour of Texas. He visited 14 cities in three days, holding airport news conferences at multiple stops and evening campaign rallies in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Wallace rose to national prominence through his opposition to racial integration as governor of Alabama. In 1963, he blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to prevent two African-American students from enrolling. The incident, later known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door," prompted President John F. Kennedy to federalize the Alabama National Guard to command Wallace to step aside. In the 1968 presidential election, Wallace ran as the American Independent Party candidate on a segregationist platform. He did not expect to win the race, but sought to garner enough electoral votes to prevent either major party candidate from winning the necessary majority. The House of Representatives would then decide the election, and Wallace hoped that southern states could use their influence to halt federal desegregation efforts. Wallace won five states, amassing 46 Electoral College votes. Republican candidate Richard Nixon nevertheless acquired enough electoral votes, 301, to handily win the election. 
    TSU Charge, 04/29/68: Change of venue hearing for Charles Freeman, one of the TSU Five. District Judge Wendell Odom ordered the trial transferred from Houston to Victoria to ensure a fair trial after extensive news coverage. District Judge Joe Kelly of Victoria subsequently set a trial date of June 24.
    Beaumont Plane Crash, 04/28/68: Investigators search the remains of a plane crash that killed five members of the Lamar University track team, their coach, and the pilot. The twin-engine private plane plunged into a rice field a mile short of the airport at 12:24 a.m. on April 28. The team was returning to Beaumont after competing in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. 
    Traffic Fatality, 04/29/68: Law enforcement on the scene of a fatal traffic incident
    N.A.N. Air Safety Expert, 04/24/68: An air safety expert expresses his concern about the number of unreported incidents that did not lead to accidents
    Mexican Parade, 04/26/68
    Politics-War on Poverty, 04/26/68: Individuals attend an organizing meeting for community action programs that operate under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The centerpiece of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty, the Economic Opportunity Act sought to combat the sources of poverty rather than its consequences. 
    George Wallace, 04/28/68: Supporters of third-party presidential candidate George Wallace brandish signs and Confederate flags at a political rally in Houston. The event closed Wallace's three-day tour of Texas. He campaigned across the state to garner enough support to add his name to the state's November election ballot. Wallace's name ultimately appeared on the ballot in all 50 states, but not in the District of Columbia. 
    Wallace addresses the assembly, denouncing "liberals and the left wing"
    Army Medals, 04/28/68: Soldiers receive service medals in a ceremony outside the US Army Reserve Training Center