Houston

Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don’t apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.

With high tuition costs at these elite schools, many students and their families shy away from applying — even though financial aid options can drastically reduce the costs, or even let students attend for free.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF reports on a program in Houston that’s trying to change that.

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

Concussions and their role in long-term brain damage have been the biggest storyline in football and other athletics over the past few years. The discussion reaches from the NFL's recent $765 million settlement with former players to concerns about the safety of kids on practice fields across the country acting out their dreams of being NFL stars. All the attention has led to the league's "concussion protocol," a term every football fan is now familiar with, but what is it?

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

U.S. Air Force

An Air Force recruiter from the Houston area is being tried at a court-martial in San Antonio today. The recruiter faces charges of sexual misconduct with a dozen women, many of whom were high school students seeking careers in the Air Force.

Tech Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez is charged with sex crimes against 12 Air Force applicants and a recruiter assistant.

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