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Daily Radiogram

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018 08:00 - 17:00
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Volume 33, No. 3 Thursday, January 4, 2018
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Sandra Bland Act: Most – but not all – of the new laws passed during the last Texas Legislative session took effect Sept. 1, 2017. However, some became law on Jan. 1, 2018. One law in place since September will force law enforcement agencies to address what most lawmakers saw as inadequate safeguards for those housed in Texas jails. SB1849 was brought about by the widely publicized death of a 28-year-old Illinois woman in the Waller County Jail following a traffic stop in 2015. Liberty County DA Logan Pickett said the Sandra Bland Act mandates jail and patrol officer training requirements designed to prevent the kind of escalating series of events that led to Bland’s death.
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FEMA and Churches: The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that private nonprofit houses of worship are now eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature. These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after August 23, 2017 and for previous applications for assistance that were pending with FEMA as of that date. Back in September, three Texas churches filed suit against FEMA claiming they should be eligible for disaster assistance even though religious groups have been denied traditionally. One of those churches is the Hi-Way Tabernacle on Highway 321 in Cleveland. In changing its policy on Tuesday, FEMA citied last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another lawsuit filed by a Missouri church that was denied government funding for its daycare program. In that case, the Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision that the government had improperly denied public benefit to an otherwise eligible recipient solely because of its religious status. The justices said that violates the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
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Addiction Recovery Service: Anyone struggling to recover from addiction is invited to a special service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty. Deacon Glenda Hardin said the Eucharist service is Sunday, January 14, at 1 p.m. in the church, 2041 Trinity Street – that’s behind Prosperity Bank in Liberty.
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Obituaries: Chester M. Humphrey, 70, of Anahuac. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Double Bayou (Broussard’s).
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*Lake Release: 1,000 CFS – Liberty Bridge 8.65 ASL*
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