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Thursday PM October 4th, 2007

Posted on · Unemployment makes biggest jump in four months…Bids for central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases reach $2.9 billion…ConocoPhillips CEO endorses surcharge on less fuel-efficient vehicles and rebate for more fuel-efficient models… It’s the biggest jump in four months in the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits. The government says there […]

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50th Anniversary of Sputnik

Posted on · 50 years ago today — on October 4th 1957 — the world learned that the Soviet Union had launched the first artificial satellite into space. The word “Sputnik” entered our language, and the world would never be the same. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell takes a look back. No one had any idea how much […]

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Heart Transplants Save Lives, Even Famous Ones

Posted on · More than 1,000 people have received heart transplants already this year — and one of the most recent patients is former U.S. representative Charlie Wilson. Wilson was discharged today from the Methodist Hospital about ten days after receiving his new heart. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson has more. Click to Listen Congressman Charlie Wilson served […]

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Wednesday AM October 3rd, 2007

Posted on · Houston companies contract for refinery projects in Alabama, Ohio and Cote d’Ivoire…Louisiana firm to be awarded tracts for developing wind power in Gulf of Mexico…American Express survey indicates companies have adjusted to energy price fluctuations, but still have economic concerns… Chicago Bridge & Iron has won a $160 million contract for a refinery expansion project […]

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Wednesday PM October 3rd, 2007

Posted on · Citigroup refutes Enron’s allegations of intimidating former employees into silence…ConocoPhillips says refining operations profits likely off from loss of Venezuelan assets, downtime in UK, Timor Sea and Alaska…High bids at federal Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease sale totals $2.9 billion… Citigroup is refuting an Enron lawyer’s claim that the bank is using […]

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New Director at Texas Arts Commission

Posted on · There’s a new Executive Director running things at the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin, and he’s someone who is well known in Houston arts circles. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell talked with him. He’s Dr. Gary Gibbs of Houston, and he comes to the Commission on the Arts after sixteen years of directing […]

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Stricter Rules for Valet Operators

Posted on · Valet parking operators are about to have a tougher time finding places and ways to park cars on Houston city streets. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports, City Council responded to complaints from hundreds of residents that valet parking is clogging their neighborhoods. Up to now, valet operators outside the downtown Central Business District […]

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A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City

Posted on · Around the world there are an estimated 33 million people who have been forced from their homes due to war and conflict. Starting this morning and running through Sunday, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders will be in Houston, outside the Wortham Center, to allow you to see firsthand what life is like […]

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More Officers for HPD

Posted on · The Houston Police Department was been working with a smaller staff and today the city announced a plan to boost the force. It includes more academy classes and more overtime programs. Houston Public Radio’s Capella Tucker reports Many crime stats are down in the city and Houston Mayor Bill White wants to keep that trend […]

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Tuesday PM October 2nd, 2007

Posted on · Wyatt faces sentencing November 27th on Iraqi oil kickback guilty plea…Enron pays creditors another $1.7 billion…National Association of Realtors says Pending Home Sales Index fell 6.5 percent in August… Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt, Jr., faces 18 to 24 months in prison and an $11 million fine when he is sentenced on November 27th in New […]

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Harris County Adds to Potential Jury Pool

Posted on · Harris County is using a new jury wheel with about 200,000 more names on it. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports, the new wheel means even if you’ve already served on a county jury recently you could get called again. The last jury wheel had 2.5 million names on it. That was two years […]

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Faith-Based Healing? Mental Health Advocates Say Yes

Posted on · A local mental health advocacy group is encouraging faith-based organizations to cultivate their relationships with families who are touched with mental illness. As Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports, faith leaders are often the first to know about struggles with mental illness. For Stephen Findley, the link between a church family and his own family’s […]

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Severe Weather Alerts Get More Specific

Posted on · The National Weather Service is rolling out a new technology to provide mroe geographically tailored weather alerts. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports, they’re throwing out the county-wide severe weather warnings. If you’ve lived in the Houston area long enough, you’ve probably experienced a time when the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for […]

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Kids Celebrate Mars Rover by Building Their Own

Posted on · It turns out that NASA scientists aren’t the only ones building mock-up Mars Rovers. A program at the University of Houston has been capturing the attention of elementary and middle school students for several years. Houston Public Radio’s Rod Rice reports that it is time to start thinking about the next Mars Rover Celebration. It’s […]

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Sounds of the Past: Vintage Radios

Posted on · Vintage phonographs, radios and records are the subject of a new exhibit at the Heritage Museum in downtown Houston. The exhibit chronicles the transition of recorded sound through the twentieth century. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson has more. Big Band music blares out from an old-fashioned console radio at the Heritage Society Museum. The beautiful […]