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What Houston Students and Educators REALLY Learned This School Year

Posted on · Another school year is ending for area K through 12ers. K-U-H-F’s Education Reporter Laura Isensee asked Houston-area students and educators what they really learned this year. She produced this audio postcard. Devin Guevara, 10, Neff Elementary Paige Fernandez, teacher, Neff Elementary Janeth Salanic, 10, Neff Elementary Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District Alexandria Jones, […]

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Why the Irish Rugby Team is in Houston

Posted on · And now, heeeere’s the pitch…no, no, not that kind of pitch. Not even that sport. You see, it’s not just baseball season, it’s rugby season. And in rugby, the pitch is the field. Saturday night, the USA Men’s National Rugby Team will take on Ireland’s national team at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin […]

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How Redistricting in Texas Affects Your Houston Neighborhood

Posted on · The federal Voting Rights Act requires Texas and several other states to get approval from the federal government whenever they change their election laws. That includes the redrawing of legislative and Congressional maps. And so it was in 2011, that Texas lawmakers redrew the maps, only to have them rejected by a federal court, because […]

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Summer Road Trips in and Around Houston

Posted on · Summer is nearly upon us. You may be tempted to hit the road, and leave Houston behind for a day at the beach, or a weekend in Austin – or maybe you’ve found a hidden treasure somewhere off the beaten path, well outside the loop, that you’d like to clue us all in on To […]

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Memorial for Houston’s Four Fallen Firefighters

Posted on · On Wednesday, thousands filed into Reliant Stadium to attend a memorial service for four Houston firefighters killed while combatting a motel fire in southwest Houston on May 31. It was the most catastrophic loss of life the Houston Fire Department had ever experienced in a single incident.

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted on · Houston welcomes U.S. and Irish rugby teams to town this weekend, for a game that’s bound to be filled with scrums, knock-ons, mulligrubbers and falcons. Any idea what any of that means? Producer Edel Howlin visited with the Irish squad, and will share a little rugby 101 during today’s Houston Matters. Under the Voting Rights […]

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Fun with Local Meteorologists and a Hurricane Quiz

Posted on · Callers took a hurricane preparedness quiz and got a chance to win a storm-related prize. Meteorologist Frank Billingsley from Local 2, KPRC and David Paul from KHOU were on hand to confirm the veracity of our quiz questions and answer caller questions.

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How to prepare for Hurricane Season

Posted on · Hurricane season starts June 1st. Are you prepared? We spoke with Patty Mancha, Deputy Director of External Affairs at FEMA Region 6 and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett about what you should know and how you should prepare in advance of hurricane season. Then, we talked about hurricanes, and all other things meteorological, with Frank Billingsley, […]

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Texas Legislature Restores Millions in Mental Health Funding

Posted on · The Texas Legislature is back in session. It’s a special session called by Governor Rick Perry, with a narrow focus in mind: to ratify temporary redistricting maps used in the 2012 elections. Minority groups want the legislature to use alternative maps. Hearings on the issue are underway now. With strong majorities in both chambers, Republicans […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, May 31, 2013

Posted on · Houstonians new and old need to prepare for hurricane season, which starts Saturday and continues through November. On Houston Matters, we discuss what you should know – and how you should prepare – in advance of the season, with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and FEMA’s Patty Mancha. Listeners also ask questions about hurricanes and other weather phenomena for […]

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Comicpalooza and Galacticon

Posted on · This weekend marks the 35th anniversary of the TV series Battlestar Galactica, and the 10th anniversary of the Battlestar Galactica Sci Fi Channel reboot series from Ronald D. Moore. Fans of the Galactica universe are descending on Houston this weekend to celebrate during GalactiCon III, a conference which is co-locating this year with ComicPalooza, the […]

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Employment and Education for Younger Veterans

Posted on · On Memorial Day weekend, we take the time to remember those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s also a good time to consider the debt we owe to everyone who serves in uniform, and whether we do right by them when they return to civilian life. Among the bills […]