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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, December 15, 1970

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1970

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  •  Narco, 12/15/70: Law enforcement officials speak with a family in the course of a drug investigation 
  •  The arrested suspect in the back of a police vehicle 
  •  Garver, 12/15/70: Dr. George Garver, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, clarifies a proposal to separate the district into six administrative zones 
  •  Welch on Budget, 12/15/70: Houston Mayor Louie Welch explains how December expenditures fit into the annual budget 
  •  Garver, 12/15/70: Map demarcating the proposed HISD administrative zones 
 
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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 December 15, 1970. This series includes news segments about a drug bust, a proposal to separate the Houston school district into six administrative zones, and questions about the city budget.
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.
Politician Louie Welch was born in Lockney, Texas on December 9, 1918. He received a degree in history from Abilene Christian College, now Abilene Christian University.
 
Welch began his political career in 1950, serving four terms on the Houston City Council. He unsuccessfully sought the Houston mayoral office three times before being elected to the position in 1963. Houston grew immensely during Welch’s five terms as mayor, from the population topping one million people to the opening of the Astrodome in 1965 and the Houston Intercontinental Airport in 1969. 
 
His tenure, however, was not without its controversy. A 1967 conflict between police and Texas Southern University students created a rift between the local administration and many of Houston’s African Americans. Welch’s reputation also came under fire during his last term over his relationship with well-known crime leaders, leading to suspicions about how his second mayoral bid was financed. 
 
In 1985, Welch ran for mayor again, campaigning in opposition to the extension of job protection rights to homosexuals employed by the city government. He lost to incumbent Kathy Whitmore. 
 
Welch died from lung cancer on January 27, 2008 in his Harris County residence. He was 89.