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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 27 - 30, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Blessing of the Fleet Galveston, 04/28/68: Bishop-elect Joseph Cassata and Reverend Charles Anastassiou perform the annual blessing of the shrimp fleet during the seventh annual Galveston Shrimp Festival. An estimated 12,000 people attended. Cassata, a Galveston native, was the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. 
    Truck Driving Rodeo, 04/28/68: Truck drivers compete in rodeo events like barrel racing
    Absentee Voting, 04/30/68: Harris County residents gather at a Houston fire station to vote absentee. April 30 was the last day for absentee voting in the May 4 primary elections. 
    Renios on Narco, 04/30/68: A police captain describes how the department classifies drug addicts. He then displays paraphernalia employed for drug use.
    Narco Arrest, 04/30/68: Harris County Sheriff C. V. "Buster" Kern questions a suspect
    Chief Cook, 04/30/68: Fireman Jake Cook comments on his promotion to Houston fire chief. Cook served as fire chief from 1968 to 1973. 
    Republican Porter, 04/30/68: Oilman Jack Porter expresses his lack of confidence in Dallas County Republican Chairman Peter O'Donnell. He reportedly also endorsed California Governor Ronald Reagan as the Republican presidential nominee. Porter played a significant role in the establishment of the Republican Party in Texas, previously serving as Republican National Committeeman from Texas. 
    Council Airport View, 04/30/68: Houston City Councilmen and Mayor Louie Welch survey the construction of the Houston Intercontinental Airport
    Mayor Welch comments on the progress made since his last inspection in January. The airport was originally scheduled to open in April 1967. Disputes over the delay became a major headache for the Houston City Council. The airport, now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, eventually opened in June 1969.  
    Deputy Shot, 04/29/68: Police search the scene where a Deputy William Hubbell was shot earlier in the day. Hubbell and his partner, Jerry Cravens, went to the southwest Houston apartment of Robert Blake to issue a pair of warrants on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. The deputy told investigators that he saw a man drive up at an apartment, and that the suspect pulled a revolver from his waistband after Hubbell ordered him to place his hands on the automobile. The suspect then shot Hubbell in the right hip and pelvic area before running away. Blake surrendered to law enforcement later that night and was charged with assault with intent to murder. 
    George Wallace, 04/27/68: Supporters welcome third-party presidential candidate George Wallace to Houston upon his arrival at Hobby Airport. Wallace visited 14 cities during his three-day campaign tour of Texas, 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. 
    Art Show, 04/27/68: Student artwork on display outside Cullinan Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, during the annual Spring Art Festival
    Contest Winner, 04/27/68: A family describes their favorite Houston attractions after winning a trip to Texas