A distraught parent, who had barricaded himself with his ill son in the critical care unit of the Tomball Regional Medical Center, in Harris County, Texas, has surrendered after negotiators talked him out of it. The hospital in the Houston metropolitan area was in lockdown for several hours Saturday night and there were partial evacuations. The county’s High Risk Operation Unit and SWAT teams were present. It was earlier thought to be a hostage situation and reports indicated that the man had taken two people hostage, but the sheriff’s office later clarified that it was a distraught parent and the matter was resolved without injury.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced on Friday that the city would narrow the scope of a controversial subpoena that asked five local pastors for copies of some of their sermons and communications.

The subpoena — which sits at the uncomfortable intersection of church and state — drew immediate ire from conservatives across the country.

Jim Tuttle / News21

Fronteras: One of the busiest areas for the U.S. Border Patrol is the Rio Grande Valley sector. We speak to a border patrol agent from there about everything from Central American migrants, border security to armed militias complicating things on the Texas border. Also, we hear about a summer camp in Texas near College Station, where children learn how to hunt. Campers learn about safety and hunt animals on private exotic game ranches.

NCLR Says Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Latinos, Economy


Fronteras: South Texas lands SpaceX. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez talks to us about what the investment means for this border area. We keep hearing the term "unaccompanied minor" to refer to the Central American immigrants crossing the border alone. But how accurate is this term after these minors cross into the U.S.? Also, the number of child migrants arriving at our souther border is decreasing. We speak to POLITICO about that recent turn of events and what may be contributing to it.

Houston Ship Channel Expected To Reopen

Mar 24, 2014

The Coast Guard could soon reopen the Houston Ship Channel that was the scene of an oil spill over the weekend.

The channel is one of the nation’s busiest seaports. Coast Guard Warrant Officer Kimberly Smith says the goal is to reopen part of it sometime Monday. The closure has forced more than 80 ships to wait to enter or leave the bay.

Smith says officials are still trying to determine how much oil spilled Saturday, when a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons collided with a ship. Authorities initially said as much as a fifth of the barge’s cargo spilled.