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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 7 - 17, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Galvez Garbage, 09/16/68: An unidentified man, most likely either City Manager John Unverferth or a member of the Galveston City Council, recounts events preceding a strike by the city's garbage collectors. On September 16, more than 70 garbage employees called in sick to protest too low wages and too long working hours. (Members of Galveston's Municipal Employees Union Local 656 were contractually barred from striking.) Only three supervisors and four garbage collectors reported for work. Despite threats from Unverferth to fire anyone whom he determined falsely called in sick, the walkout continued, with some 140 employees from the city's sewage and water departments joining the protest on September 19. The unofficial strike ended that night, when union members voted 113-13 to accept the city council's offer of a $15 per month wage increase and overtime pay. Upon returning to work the following morning, garbage employees agreed to work 12-hour days until the refuse that had accumulated during the strike was collected. 
     Ball Gets 523, 09/17/68: The project manager for the construction of the Houston Intercontinental Airport comments on the cause for extensions and cooperation with the Houston City Council. 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. 
    Houston Mayor Louie Welch, joined by other members of the Houston City Council, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony opening a new stretch of highway leading to the under-construction airport
    Bank Hijacking, 09/17/68: A police detective escorts a suspect or person of interest to his office for questioning
    Garbage Council, 09/17/68: The Houston City Council meets with other city officials to discuss changes in solid waste collection. An unidentified man then explains the lack of analysis on the subject and the need for action. 
    Arsonist, 09/17/68: Members of the Houston Fire Department wait in the courtroom in anticipation of a grand jury trial against an accused arsonist
    Bank Hijack, 09/12/68: Investigators interview Mercantile Bank employees following an armed robbery
    College football fans wait in line for free tickets to the upcoming game between the no. 11 Houston Cougars and no. 4 Texas Longhorns. Played on September 21 at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, the matchup ended in a 20-20 tie. 
    Control on Fireworks, 09/12/68: An unidentified state legislator outlines proposed amendments to state law regarding the sale of fireworks
    Guns, 09/12/68: Scrap yard workers melt down firearms that were most likely turned into law enforcement. 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. 
    Tapping Out, 09/12/68: A crane lifts a tree to the roof of a new building for planting
    Rev. Marshal on Middle East, 09/12/68: A clergyman explains the complexities of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the need to provide aide to refugees
    Heart Patient, 09/07/68: KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain visits Leo Boyd, a railway yard master from Chippawa, Ontario, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Boyd flew from London, Ontario, to Houston on September 1 to undergo heart transplant surgery with Dr. Denton Cooley. Dr. C. T. Lamont, Boyd's physician in Canada, arranged the trip, even appearing on television to appeal for funds to charter an air ambulance. Donors raised the necessary $1,300 within 30 minutes. Lamont felt Boyd had six months to live without a heart transplant.
    Ilene Boyd thanks those who donated funds to pay for her husband's travel costs. After 11 weeks of waiting, a heart donor was found and flown from Yuma, Arizona, on November 16. Cooley's team performed a cardiac transplant on Leo Boyd immediately after the unidentified donor, who had suffered a massive intracranial hemorrhage, passed away that evening.