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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 2, 1971

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1971

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  •  Levve[?]: Press conference regarding an officer-involved shooting of an adolescent 
  •  Fed. Bldg Bomber: People line up to attend the 68th Annual Petrochemical and Refining Exposition at the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center. The segment’s title likely refers to the increased security presence at the exposition following an explosion at the United States Capitol building the day before. On March 1, a bomb blast wrecked an area of about six offices in the Senate wing. No one was hurt. A group calling itself the Weather Underground claimed credit for the bombing, done in protest of the United States support of the Laos invasion.  
  •  New Court Ruling: Outside Houston Police Department headquarters (now the Central Police Station) and inside the Harris County Courthouse 
  •  KHOU reporter Judd McIlvain asks a judge about the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Tate v. Short. On March 2, 1971, the Supreme Court ruled that imprisoning a defendant solely because he or she cannot pay a fine violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case originated in Houston after a defendant’s $425 fine was converted into a 85-day prison term due to his inability to pay.  
  •  Justice of the Peace Hugo Touchy 
  •  Prarie [sic] View: Interview with a Prairie View A&M student about the possibility of further unrest on campus. On February 24, approximately 1,500 students marched on the home of college president Dr. Alvin Thomas with a list of 19 demands. After negotiations failed, the students returned to campus and set fire to a campus building. A fire started at another building the next day. On February 26, Thomas met with an ad hoc student committee, agreeing to 16 of their 19 demands. The college closed the following day. Classes resumed on March 7. In order to return, students had to reapply for admission and sign a form pledging not to participate in violence.  
  •  NYC: Vocational training classes in secretarial work and nursing 
  •  100 Birthday: 100th birthday party at the Pioneer Memorial Log House. The building was constructed in 1936 as the home of the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  
  •  Prarie [sic] View: Prairie View A&M students hold a press conference about the recent protest 
  •  New Court: Further comments on the Tate v. Short ruling 
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from March 2, 1971. This series includes news segments about the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Tate v. Short, unrest at Prairie View A&M College (now Prairie View A&M University), and a centennial birthday party at the Pioneer Memorial Log House.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.