5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, Oct. 28

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Here are things to know for Wednesday, Oct. 28:

1. Family of man killed by girlfriend’s ex-husband struggling to cope with his death

The family of a Missouri City man who deputies say was killed by his girlfriend’s ex-husband Monday said they urged him last week to end his relationship. Now, Martez Hurt’s family is heading to Texas from Washington, D.C. to retrieve his body.

“I can’t believe it,” said Marlene Hurt-Ikem, Hurt’s aunt. “Martez [was} my baby.”

Her 28-year-old nephew Martez Hurt was gunned down in his car Monday morning outside his girlfriend’s Sienna home by her ex-husband, police said. Matthew Jacobs, 32, has been charged with Hurt’s murder.

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2. Texas counties will only be allowed one drop-off location for mail-in ballots, state Supreme Court rules

In what’s expected to be the final ruling on the matter, the Texas Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting Texas counties to only one drop-off location for voters to hand deliver their absentee ballots during the pandemic.

The ruling, issued Tuesday by the all-Republican court, is the final outcome in one of a handful of lawsuits in state and federal courts that challenged Abbott’s order from early this month. A federal appeals court also sided with the Republican governor in an earlier ruling, overturning a lower court’s decision.

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3. Texas social workers will no longer be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and people with disabilities

After backlash from lawmakers and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability.

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for LGBTQ and disabled clients to Texas social workers' code of conduct just two weeks after removing them.

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4. A week before the election, Texas National Guard prepares to deploy troops to cities

The Texas Army National Guard said Monday that up to 1,000 troops could be dispatched to cities across Texas ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Brandon Jones, a spokesperson for the Guard, said the deployment is not related to the election and troops would not be stationed at polling places. He said it was a continuation of peacekeeping efforts that began during anti-police brutality protests this summer.

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5. Local doctors insight on how schools handle positive COVID-19 cases

With area school districts shuttering campuses for cleaning following confirmed or presumed cases of COVID19, parents have relied closely on local data collection dashboards to gauge whether schools are safe for in-person learning.

Overall, experts say while data collection varies from district-to-district, parents rely on them as a source when determining whether schools are safe.

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