Houston Newsmakers: New Houston police Chief Troy Finner promises new tone in police trainings

Houston police Chief Troy Finner (KPRC 2)

HOUSTON – Veteran Houston Police officer Troy Finner has been appointed as the new HPD Chief and says transparency will one of his priorities, especially where it concerns police-involved shootings. He says a change in tone will start with training.

“In our training and in our philosophies and our policies, we have to make sure that sanctity of life is the most important thing,” he said. “And we have to police in a way where everybody goes home, not only the officers but the citizens as well.” The new chief has much more to say on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and on Newsmakers Extra.

Fighting to expand Medicaid

Elena Marks is President and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation that focuses on improving healthcare in the state of Texas. She says given the state of the uninsured in Texas, expanding Medicaid should be a high priority.

“More than 5 million Texans were uninsured before the pandemic,” Marks said. “We believe many more lost their employer-sponsored insurance during the epidemic.. the pandemic, twice the national rate of uninsured Texans.”

See more of her interview on this week’s Houston Newsmakers and on Newsmakers Extra.

The Houston Ballet is back!

Houston The Houston Ballet has been away from live performances for more than a year but that all changes the weekend of May 7 and 8. Stanton Welch is the Artistic Director of the Houston Ballet and says the performances set for the Miller Outdoor Theatre will be a unique return to normal.

“The energy of walking out on stage and feeling that connection and feeling the swell of music and feeling. It’s like a tennis match between the audience and a performer and that just takes the show to a level of excellence,” Welch said.

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