Houston City Council gives green light to more security cameras downtown

Mayor's offices provides update on same-sex benefits

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HOUSTON - Houston City Council has approved spending $1 million additional dollars to install more security cameras in downtown and near BBVA Compass Stadium, where the Dynamo play.

The vote was taken on Wednesday morning, during the council's weekly meeting.

Council members said the extra cameras are being installed to prevent crime, not because of an increase in crime.

The mayor's office also provided an update regarding same-sex couples.

It's been two weeks since Mayor Annise Parker made her executive decision that offers benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of employees.

However, according to a spokesperson, only three people have signed up so far.

Domestic partners are not included, only those who are legally married in other states.

Also during the meeting, there was a reminder that early voting started Wednesday for the Houston City Council runoff races.

There are runoff races for at-large positions 2 and 3, along with Districts A, D and I.

The runoff is December 14.

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