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Pipeline Cyber-security Push, Bond Set at $1,000,000 for Man Accused Of Killing Woman During Chase, And More

What we’re following this morning at Houston Public Media

Barbara Pierce Bush gets married 

President George W. Bush has announced daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, wed Craig Coyne during a ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Associated Press reports the couple will live in New York. 

Barbara’s twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, told NBC’s “Today” show on Monday Barbara wore something borrowed — a bracelet her grandfather had given to his wife on their 70th wedding anniversary. Her namesake and grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, died at age 92 in April.


Bond set at $1,000,000 for suspect in deadly car chase

A car chase turned deadly over the weekend when a suspect struck and killed a woman at an underpass Sunday morning.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were chasing the suspect when he lost control of his car.

He’s since been charged with murder, evading arrest, and felony possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $1,000,000.


Execution stayed

Texas’ highest criminal appeals court has put on hold an execution previously scheduled for this week.

Juan Segundo was set to be executed Wednesday for the 1986 rape and slaying of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered that his execution be put on hold in light of a 2017 Supreme Court decision that invalidated Texas’ method of discerning intellectual disability.

Segundo’s lawyers say he’s intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution.


New pipeline cybersecurity effort underway

The federal government is launching a new effort to better protect oil and gas pipelines against cyber attacks.

Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy met with industry leaders last week. Out of that meeting came an initiative that will use federal resources and expertise to “better understand the threat landscape” and focus cybersecurity efforts in certain areas.


A shortage of bilingual counselors, despite more funding after Harvey

As demand for mental health care in Houston has grown over the past year, providers say the lack of bilingual counselors has become more apparent.

After Hurricane Harvey, care providers thought an influx of grant money would help them hire more bilingual counselors, specifically who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or Farsi.


Houston’s arts community prepares for future disasters

Houston Airports System employees in front of the collaborative piece by San Antonio based artists Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom, who donated the work to the Harvey Arts Recover Fund. This was taken during a temporary installation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

As full-recovery from Harvey continues for many sectors in Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) said many in the city’s arts community are still unprepared for the next disaster.

The alliance reports 71 arts and culture non-profits reported damages from Harvey, totaling more than $56 million dollars. In addition, HAA said almost all of those entities are still suffering from revenue loss, due to lost ticket sales and canceled programs.

That’s why the alliance is hosting a series of free workshops, lead by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, to help the arts community minimize future potential damage and become more resilient.