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Houston City Council and Mayor Sylvester Turner will have a public meeting at 2 p.m. on on Wednesday, August 8th at Houston City Hall to help disadvantaged young people get jobs. The mayor announced the creation of the city council Economic Development Subcommittee on Education.

The subcommittee will create policy, funding and public awareness for Houstonians to be equipped for the workforce.  It also will work with educators to develop the necessary skills for Houston’s industries.

“We know there is a link between education and job force opportunities. I want the subcommittee to increase public awareness about the connection between quality of life and economic circumstances. When a child is supported from an early age, they are better equipped to positively contribute to society,” Mayor Turner said.

“The stark reality is that many disadvantaged children who struggle through childhood grow up to be adults who struggle to compete in the job market. If children in our city grow up unprepared to succeed, they are less able to contribute to the economic wealth and financial stability of Houston,” District H Council Member Cisneros said.  Cisneros will serve as the subcommittee’s chairwoman.

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Efforts to prevent flooding from Lake Houston and Lake Conroe include managing water levels this summer. The City of Houston, Coastal Water Authority which operates Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River Authority which operates Lake Conroe have  a temporary Joint Reservoir Operations Plan to do that.

The City of Houston says Lake Houston and Lake Conroe were built as important parts of the Houston’s drinking water system.  More than 4 million people in Houston and the greater Houston area rely on city water.

During Hurricane Harvey, large amounts of silt were deposited in the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.  The silt prevented the water to safely flow in the San Jacinto River during storms and resulted in the need to dredge the river.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers plan to dredge the lower West Fork of the San Jacinto River.  The project is scheduled to begin in July will take up to 3 three years to complete.

In the meantime, from April 1-May 31, Lake Conroe will be lowered to 200 feet. From August 1 – September 30, Lake Conroe will be lowered to 199 feet. After each summer lake lowering, Lake Conroe will be restored to its normal water level.

The Coastal Water Authority will do pre-storm releases from Lake Houston.  It is the lowest lake on the river system.

To track lake levels, visit Lake Conroe — http://www.sjra.net and for Lake Houston –www.coastalwaterauthority.org

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Houston Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in southwest Houston. It happened at 7502 Corporate Drive around 10:45 p.m. on Monday, July 30th.

Police say Alex Alfaro  got into an altercation with unknown suspects. He was shot and taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

If you have any information about this case, contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crimes Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

 

 

 

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