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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 15 - 23, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Kidnapped Girl, 09/23/68: A pair of teenage girls wait in the Houston police station
    Sonia Civillo, 14, explains her reasons for running away from home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her friend, Belonda Mock, denies the report of a ransom demand. 
    Police escort Joe Clayton Watts, 19, who was charged with kidnapping Civillo. Authorities picked up the trio on the morning of September 23. 
    Bank Robbery Foiled, 09/23/68: Police hold Alton Howard Dunn, center, following a foiled bank robbery. On September 23, Dunn entered the Texas National Bank of Commerce holding a paper bag. According to news reports, he then gave a note to teller Joy Fauss ordering her to put all her money in the bag or else he would blow up the bank. Recognizing Dunn as the man who falsely posed as a US Treasury agent the week before, Fauss calmly alerted bank officials as she complied with Dunn's demand. Police apprehended Dunn as he exited the bank with $2,733 and charged him with robbery by assault. 
    Handcuffed Kid Freed, 09/23/68: A police officer frees a young child who had been handcuffed accidentally
    Pollution, 09/23/68: Industrial representatives attend an air pollution seminar at the University of Houston. Entitled "Air Pollution Control for Chemical Processes," the seminar combined lectures and discussions about the subject with laboratory demonstrations. It ran from September 23 to 27. 
    Dr. August Rosano Jr., seminar director and professor in the Air Resources Program at the University of Washington, talks about the cooperation between industry leaders and government officials
    Galvez Garbage, 09/23/68: Waste piles up in Galveston following 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 City Manager John 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. 
    C.G. Award, 09/19/68: Awards ceremony for members of the United States Coast Guard
    Bush, 09/19/68: Then Congressman George H. W. Bush explains his proposed legislation to prevent the reporting of projected federal election results in any given state until the polling places in that state have closed. The controversy surrounding television networks' practice of predicting election outcomes peaked with the 1980 presidential election. Relying on exit polls more than actual returns, NBC projected Ronald Reagan to be the winner by 8:15 pm EST. With almost three hours left before polls closed in most Western states, some felt the early projection discouraged Western voters from casting their ballots. By 1984, networks announced they would not call the outcome of a particular state until all of its polls had closed. Concerns over early projections remain, however, particularly with the unknown reliability of exit poll data and the rise of social media. 
    Tornado at Lake Jackson, 09/15/68: Damage around Lake Jackson following a tornado on September 15. According to the Associated Press, the twister tore off part of the roof of the downtown post office before causing further damage at the lumber yard across the street. No injuries were reported. 
    Speakers at the 50th annual convention of the American Legion, held in New Orleans from September 10 to 12. Democratic presidential nominee and then Vice President Hubert Humphrey spoke on September 11. Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon delivered an address the following day. 
    N.E.A. Pres. on Teachers, 09/15/68: In her speech at the convention, National Education Association President Elizabeth Duncan Koontz stresses the need for improve public education for soldiers returning from the Vietnam War. Elected in 1968, Koontz was the agency's first African-American president. 
    A pair of dancers perform Tinikling, a traditional Philippine folk dance, before a rapt audience
    Fuzz, 09/19/68: A KHOU reporter interviews two men arrested by Houston police about rumors of police misconduct
    Rep. Graves on Coalition, 09/19/68: State Representative Curtis Graves expresses his personal support for presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey, but stops short of committing the endorsement of the New Democratic Coalition of Texas, for which Graves served as chairman. He then explains the purpose of the coalition. On September 14, some 250 liberal Democrats from across the state met at the Driskill Hotel in Austin. During the 10-hour meeting, billed as a state convention, attendees established the group's governing structure and debated how to proceed with the presidential election following a contentious Democratic primary. (As Graves comments here, the coalition resolved to allow its members to decide their preference for Humphrey for themselves.) Delegates also approved more than a dozen resolutions, including one calling for the abolition of the Texas Rangers and another opposing the reappointment of Frank Erwin to the University of Texas Board of Regents. Creation of the coalition followed liberal Democrats' dissatisfaction with party leadership, particularly Governor John Connally, at both the state and national conventions. In his remarks at the meeting, Graves called the state party establishment "Democratic in May and Dixiecrat in November." Graves served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1973. Along with Barbara Jordan and Joe Lockridge, Graves was one of the first African Americans elected to the Texas Legislature since 1896. 
    Barnes, 09/20/68: Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes addresses local vending machine firms at an event in Houston. KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain asks Barnes about a special House committee investigating possible tie-ins between vending machine companies and beer taverns. Barnes' comment about possible threats refers to statement made to the committee alleging Mafia involvement in the vending machine industry.