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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June 7 - 18, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Heart Meeting, 06/14/68: Doctors and lawyers sit on a panel sponsored by the Harris County Bar Association. During the session, Dr. Joseph Jachimcyzyk, Harris County medical examiner, advised Dr. Denton Cooley to stop using the hearts of homicide victims in transplant surgeries. Jachimcxyk argued that such use can interfere with autopsies and hamper prosecution of accused murderers. Cooley rejected the suggestion.
    Criminal defense attorney Percy Foreman sits at the end of the table. Foreman was one of the best known trial lawyers in the United States. He is perhaps best known for defending James Earl Ray, the assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
    Dr. Denton Cooley, a heart surgeon at St. Luke's Hospital. Cooley and his team had performed four human-to-human heart transplants by this time, at least one of which used the heart of a homicide victim. 
    Fatal, 06/14/68: Firemen search the wreckage of a fatal car accident
    Flag Day, 06/14/68: Families gather for a Flag Day celebration outside Pasadena City Hall
    Bank Ground Breaking, 06/14/68: NASA astronaut Alan Shepard speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the First National Bank's new $2.5-million building and six-story office tower in Baytown. Shepard was co-chairman of the bank's board. 
    House Passed Mini-Bottle, 06/18/68: On the floor of the Texas House of Representatives during a special session of the 60th Texas Legislature. On June 18, the House approved a law that would legalize the public sale of liquor by the drink in two-ounce bottles. The measure died in the Senate 10 days later. The possibility of liquor by the drink legislation—allowing for the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages in restaurants and bars—was a prominent topic during the 1968 election season. The practice would not be completely legalized until 1971, when the legislature responded to a public referendum by creating a mixed beverage permit authorized on a local-option basis. 
    Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes
    Narco, 06/18/68: A detective displays drugs seized in a raid
    Lions Club, 06/18/68: Children observe a lioness and her two cubs. The owner then talks with a KHOU reporter about his intention to sell the lions to a zoo rather than an individual.
    DPS Units, 06/18/68: New vehicles for the Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol
    Champion Pollution, 06/13/68: James Quigley, vice president in charge of air and stream pollution abatement programs at the Champion Paper Company of Pasadena, announces the company's plans to spend $3 million on new facilities designed to reduce pollution of the Houston Ship Channel. He said the new system would get Champion halfway toward meeting the state's minimum water pollution requirements. 
    Vegetable Day, 06/12/68: Blue-ribbon champions at the annual Harris County Vegetable Day Show show off their winning produce. Judges awarded the tomatoes grown by Paul Benfer, left, the grand champion entry. The lug sold for $1,250 (or nearly $8,900 when adjusted for inflation). 
    Truck Fatal, 06/12/68: Rosenberg police officers and highway patrolmen at the scene of a deadly traffic collision In Sugar Land. Anthony Reina, 16, died after the pickup truck in which he was riding collided with a stopped semi-trailer truck. 
    Subdivisions Out of City, 06/11/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain explains why proposed flood-control projects may not protect quickly developed neighborhoods along the San Jacinto River in Highlands
    Harris County Commissioner V. V. Ramsey describes the need for bond funding to help residents who fall prey to "red flag subdivisions." Neighborhoods such as Banana Bend did not fall into that category. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Banana Bend neighborhood, washing away homes and destroying 1,000 feet of road. 
    Assistant District Attorney Neil McKay comments on the challenge of prosecuting developers who do not follow county regulations
    Welch on Gun Control, 06/10/68: Houston Mayor expresses doubt that gun control legislation will reduce homicides. The national debate surrounding federal gun control legislation that began with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 reached new heights in 1968 with the assassination of his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, on June 6. Congress ultimately passed the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 to ban the mail-order sale of handguns, rifles, and shotguns as well as prohibit certain felons, drug users, and those found mentally incompetent from buying guns. 
    Bees, 06/10/68: A beekeeper uncovers a hive
    Southern Baptists, 06/07/68: At the 111th annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, a speaker passionately calls upon the church and its members to embody the tenet of "Christian brotherhood." The church's handling of social and racial issues was a prominent topic for debate at the convention. A group of students from North Caroline picketed outside the Sam Houston Coliseum to protest Southern Baptists' silence. Delegates approved a resolution urging members to work towards better race relations. 
    The meeting was held in Houston from June 3 to 7. Nearly 15,000 people attended.