Here are things to know for Thursday, Oct. 29:
1. Gov. Greg Abbott discusses possibility of deploying Texas National Guard across state on Election Day
Gov. Greg Abbott discussed the possible deployment of the Texas Army National Guard across the state, including Houston on Election Day.
The governor said the decision on what cities troops would be deployed would be made on an “as-needed basis” but they would not be placed at polling locations.
2. Texas considered close state to watch on Election Day
Texas is shattering early voting records and is becoming one of the states to watch on Election Day.
Texans are eager to have their voices heard. The Lone Star State has hit a record high for early voting turnout. More than 8.1 million Texans have already cast their ballot. That equates to roughly 46% of registered voters.
A new Quinnipiac poll shows Texas can either go to President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. The two are in a 47% tie, according to the poll.
3. Elmer Manzano, man accused of killing Sgt. Harold Preston, makes first court appearance
The man accused of killing a Houston police sergeant appeared before a judge for the first time Wednesday morning, where the judge upheld his no bond.
51-year-old Elmer Manzano is charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated assault after being accused of killing HPD Sgt. Harold Preston and injuring Officer Courtney Waller in a shooting.
4. Man dies days later after being shot in face during road rage incident near Midtown, family says
The victim in a road rage incident has now been pronounced dead from his injuries, according to a close family friend.
Robert Mouton, 18, was shot in the face Friday on Highway 59 near Midtown.
Houston Police said Mouton and the suspected shooter were engaged in a road rage incident and used their cars as weapons. The alleged shooter was identified as Jorge Joya, 45. Joya was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
5. Woman accused of causing fatal crash in League City, stealing vehicle of good Samaritan
A woman was arrested Wednesday after she caused a fatal crash in League City and then stole the vehicle of a good Samaritan, according to police.
According to police, 19-year-old Keniqua Pleasant was exiting the freeway when her vehicle hit the car of 46-year-old Jeremy Campbell. Pleasant’s vehicle pushed Campbell’s vehicle into traffic on the feeder road where it was hit by a third vehicle, police said. That caused Campbell’s vehicle to jump over a retaining wall where it slammed into a bulldozer at a construction site and killed Campbell, police said.
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