Top stories this morning 10/19

- Residents of an apartment that went up in flames early this morning are now receiving help form the Red Cross.

            Flames broke out at the complex on Meadowglen and Walnut Bend, around midnight.

            The blaze damaged five units, and the building is without utilities. Arson is looking for a cause.

 

Roads around the site of Friday’s scaffolding collapse near minute maid park are now clear. Osha is investigating the incident. The six workers injured in the collapse are okay. The scaffolding fell outside an apartment building under construction.

 

The man accused of killing an 18 year old TSU freshman is expected to make his first court appearance today. Jartis Leblanc was caught Saturday after a standoff with police.

            He’s accused of killing Brent Randall in the parking lot of the courtyard apartments earlier this month. LeBlanc is not a student but, police say he is a gang member.

Early voting begins today. Two big ticket items on this year’s ballot. The controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

            Opponents of the ordinance say they don't want men who perceive themselves as female entering women's restrooms. But hero supporters say the ordinance is about eliminating discrimination and protecting rights. Houston voters also must pick a new mayor among seven major candidates. Election Day is November 3rd.

 

Hillary Clinton is getting ready for her trip to Capitol Hill on Thursday.

            The democratic presidential frontrunner will testify before a house committee on Benghazi.

            The chairman says his probe is about the facts and not politics.

            Four Americans were killed in an attack on the embassy in September 2012.        

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