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Oil Spill in Santa Barbara, Site of 1969 Disaster

21,000 gallons of crude oil—- the equivalent of 500 barrels –poured onto the Santa Barbara County coast on Tuesday when an 11-mile-long underground pipe owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline ruptured. The leak and its cause are under investigation.

1969 Santa Barbara oil spill (Associated Press)

Op Ed: Houston Stands Up to Its Reputation as Human Trafficking Hub

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held annually in Houston is a world event. The conference, held this year May 4th through the 7th, attracted hundreds of vendors and thousands of professionals in the oil and gas industry providing a huge economic impact on the city. Yet, there is a profound dark and vile underside to conference activities. Houston is also a major hub for human slavery and sex trafficking in the United States. For years, this intersection of business and widespread prostitution has provided a boon to sex traffickers in Houston every year. However, the difference this year is a coalition of anti-human trafficking organizations who have joined with city law enforcement and conference organizers to combat the widespread sex trafficking that usually occurs during this event.

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Baltimore’s Freddie Gray Protests Spread to Houston

HOUSTON, Texas – Protesters supporting the Baltimore protests came out in Houston on Wednesday evening. The protest in Houston is small in numbers at this time and is peaceful. The Houston Police Department is highly visible with patrol units and the Houston Mounted Patrol officers that are specially trained in crowd control.

Keith Garvin Tweet from Houston Protest

Houston #5 Nationally in Luxury Home Sales despite Lower Oil Prices

HOUSTON, Texas – Despite a sharp downturn in the price of oil, Houston remains the top Texas city for the sales of luxury homes and ranks fifth in the nation. This ranking was reported from Coldwell Banker Previews International’s spring 2015 luxury market report by Paul Takahashi with the Houston Business Journal.

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Matriarch of Alleged Teenage Prostitution and Human Trafficking Conspiracy on Trial in Texas

The stack of charges includes sex trafficking, harboring people illegally in the U.S., and money laundering. Deputy U.S. Attorney Reuben Perez says that Hortencia Medeles, 68, could receive life in prison without parole if found guilty on all charges. The charges relate to a human trafficking ring which took place in two Houston area nightclubs that served as brothels for underaged girls and other trafficking victims.

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