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Top Stories: George H.W. Bush In Hospital; Southwest To Inspect Most Of Its Planes

Apr 23, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning, according to spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital hours after a funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush.

The Texas Tribune reports the former president was hospitalized twice in 2017, and in 2015, Bush was hospitalized in Maine after falling and breaking a bone in his neck.

McGrath said the former president is “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.”

Other stories this evening:

  • Southwest Airlines canceled dozens more flights on Monday after canceling flights over the weekend. The Dallas-based carrier says cancellations over the weekend and Monday were caused by the need to inspect engine fan blades on its planes. The inspections come a week after a passenger was killed in an in-flight accident on a Southwest Airlines plane bound for Dallas. The National Transportation Safety Board believes one of the engine fan blades snapped during the flight, sending shrapnel through a window.
  • After Hurricane Harvey hammered the Texas Gulf Coast, state and federal officials decided to change some of the ways they respond to housing needs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – was concerned it would not be able to handle the housing recovery effort. So Gov. Greg Abbott asked the Texas General Land Office to handle short-term housing recovery. The Texas Tribune’s Brandon Formby has been reporting along the Texas Gulf Coast, and he talked with KERA’s Eric Aasen.

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