Federal judge says Waller County voting process did not discriminate against Black college students
A group of students at Prairie View A&M University sued the county, claiming it set up an election schedule in 2018 that offered students — most of them Black — fewer opportunities to vote early than the county’s white residents.
Texas’ oldest Black university was built on a former plantation. Its students still fight a legacy of voter suppression.
More than a century ago, state lawmakers planted there the state's first public college where Black students could pursue higher education. When her grandfather was a student in the 1970s, Waller County systematically prevented Black students from registering to vote. AdJayla Allen graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2019 with a degree in political science. Barnett, the Precinct 3 commissioner who represented the university and opposed expanded early voting on campus, lost his seat. Prairie View A&M University graduate Jayla Allen holds her graduation stole, which was embroidered to include her late grandfather’s name.
Waller County Sheriff dies after suffering apparent heart attack, officials say
WALLER COUNTY, TX Waller County Judge Carbett Trey Duhon confirmed Saturday that Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith died after suffering an apparent heart attack. Were saddened to hear of the passing of Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith. pic.twitter.com/YRlxESFWst Sheriffs' Assoc of Texas (@TXSheriffs) August 1, 2020Saddened to hear of the passing of Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith. Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) August 1, 2020Were sorry to hear of the passing of our friend and neighbor, Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith. https://t.co/6gDtXqjjRJ FBCSO Texas (@FBCSO) August 1, 2020Related: Lynn County Sheriff dies after complications with COVID-19, officials say
Thats what nurses do': Nurse practitioner survives cancer battle now joins COVID-19 fight
FLORESVILLE, TEXAS A nurse practitioner is ready to suit up and save lives once again. In my family, the joke is, If you dont get cancer, youll get diabetes. Military nurse shares experience working in San Antonio ICU with COVID-19 patientsIn 2006, Odom battled breast cancer, and she currently lives with diabetes. Odom said her daughter-in-law, Jonell, a registered nurse, encouraged her to travel to New York City. Odom overcame breast cancer, and her diabetes has been managed with a healthy diet and supplements.