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NASA Trying to Keep Talent as Program Goals Shift

Posted on Congress held hearings on the future of manned space. NASA is getting set to retire the space shuttle program. In its place, a program called Constellation. But the transition to the new program is set to take several years. As Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill that could have an effect at NASA centers including […]

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Wednesday AM March 28th, 2007

Posted on Portuguese firm purchasing Horizon Wind Energy…Valero Energy drops expansion plans at Texas City refinery…AT&T’s Cingular Wireless introducing mobile banking; video streaming; Napster agreement… Portuguese utility company EDP Energias de Portugal has a deal to buy out Houston-based wind-power firm Horizon Wind Energy. That’s according to Portugal’s financial markets regulator. The transaction is expected to be […]

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Wednesday PM March 28th, 2007

Posted on SEC charges two former in-house Enron lawyers…Government says durable goods orders rebounded last month…Circuit City cutting more than 3,000 jobs… The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two former in-house lawyers at Enron with securities fraud. The SEC says Jordan Mintz, former general counsel of Enron’s global finance group, and Rex Rogers, former associate […]

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County Unveils Competitive Aquatics Center

Posted on Harris County is building an Aquatics Center to offer free competitive swim lessons and training to children. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports. Click to Listen The Harris County Aquatics Program puts kids through a rigorous training program for swim meets and competitions. The program has been around for a long time, but will now […]

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Gonzales in Houston for Internet PSAs

Posted on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stopped in Houston to debut a series of broadcast public service announcements to raise awareness about exploitation of children on the internet. Houston Public Radio’s Ed Mayberry has more. Click to Listen Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced a broadcast campaign to combat sexual abuse of children from online predators. The radio […]

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Embattled U.S. Attorney Visits Home Town

Posted on While in Houston, the U.S. Attorney General also made brief remarks before the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Houston Public Radio’s Capella Tucker reports. Click to Listen Gonzales received a standing ovation and someone in the crowd shouted out ‘welcome home.’ “For many of us getting to where we are today sometimes involved traveling bumpy […]

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New Habitat for Humanity Families

Posted on Habitat for Humanity’s Houston chapter has chosen the next group of 100 families who will get the opportunity to buy and help build their own homes. Houston Public Radio’s Jim Bell reports. Click to Listen After months of interviews and screening, 100 qualifying families were called to the Ensemble Theatre in midtown, where they learned […]

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Number of Staph Infections Rising

Posted on Local emergency rooms are reporting a rising number of staph infections. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports, most people think of staph as something you acquire during a lengthy hospital stay, but it can also be spread in the community. Click to Listen A community-acquired staph infection usually starts out looking like a pimple. […]

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Tuesday AM March 27th, 2007

Posted on Texas executives less optimistic about economic future…Supreme Court to consider whether shareholders can sue investment banks suspected of securities fraud participation2007 Rice Business Plan Competition awards more than $345,000… Texas executives surveyed in the Texas Manufacturing Outlook from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are less optimistic about the future, according to the Houston Business […]

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Tuesday PM March 27th, 2007

Posted on Houston real estate market outpaces nation; Houston foreclosure rates drop as national rate climbs…Consumer confidence drops over gasoline price and stock market worries… The greater Houston area real estate market continues to outpace most of the nation, according to the Houston Association of Realtors, experiencing continued increases in growth. Total property sales for February registered […]

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Stunt Drivers School? No, It’s HPD

Posted on Most of us have taken a drivers education course at one time or another and have had to pass driving tests, basic things like making turns, stopping at stop signs and parking. But as Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports, if you want to be a Houston police officer, it will take a little more […]

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Monday PM March 26th, 2007

Posted on National new home sales drop for second month in a row…Governor’s panel recommends TSU remain independent–but be held to strict financial oversight…University of California asking Supreme Court to step in after appeals court blocks class-action Enron shareholder lawsuit against investment banks… National new home sales dropped unexpectedly last month–the second monthly decline in a row–bringing […]

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Panel Recommends TSU Remain Independent

Posted on A panel appointed by Governor Rick Perry is recommending Texas Southern University remain independent, but be held to the “strictest financial oversight.” Houston Public Radio’s Rod Rice reports. Click to Listen The report also recommends that the governor reconstitute the Board of Regents. It also calls for the legislature to provide emergency funding to TSU […]

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No Child Left Behind

Posted on The No Child Left Behind legislation is up for re-authorization in Congress. A number of events are being held nationwide to allow for public input including one in Houston. Click to Listen A report will be delivered to lawmakers later this spring. Houston A Plus Challenge is working with other groups to gather public input. […]

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Metro Wants Feed Back from Public

Posted on The Metropolitan Transit Authority has narrowed the options for rail on the University Line to six alignment options. There are three options for east of Main Street and three for west of Main Street. Two of those options go along Richmond. Click to Listen Metro is holding meetings today and tomorrow to get feed back […]