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‘Galveston Hangs’

Posted on · The Galveston Arts Center was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Five years later, the original building remains empty. Organizers are hoping a new exhibit, ‘Galveston Hangs,’ will help raise the $2 million needed to finish renovations and reopen the original downtown location. Galveston Arts Center Director Kellianne Vallee talks about the new exhibit.

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Using Dance to Help Special Needs Kids Integrate Into Society

Posted on · Local dance instructor Mary Tiras is using dance to help kids with special needs integrate into society. She’s conducting a free dance workshop to demonstrate that called DanceReach 2013 this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran School. Tiras is the owner of Creative Motion Dance and Performing Arts.

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Health Exchanges Open – But Do They Work?

Posted on · We’re two days into the signup process for the Affordable Care Act’s provisions for uninsured to receive health insurance via exchanges. How’s it going so far here in Houston and along the Gulf Coast? We found out by speaking with Mario Castillo from Enroll America, an organization dedicated to help enroll uninsured Americans in health […]

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Banned Books Week and Creationism in Texas Schools

Posted on · We have a complex relationship, at times, with what books we use, and how we use them, in public education here in Texas.  We have, at times, been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably in the form of occasional challenges to the teaching of […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013

Posted on · We have a complex relationship, at times, with what books we use, and how we use them, in public education here in Texas.  We have been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably, back in 2009, new standards were created to include critical statements about […]

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Greeks in Houston

Posted on · The history of the Greeks in Houston is a story of individuals who worked diligently to forge new lives for themselves even as they maintained their Greek identity and their Orthodox faith. We spoke with the co-author’s of ‘Greeks In Houston‘ Irene Cassis and Connie Michalos about the Greeks of Houston and the upcoming Greek […]

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How Lawmakers Serve Us in Texas

Posted on · U-S Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]

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Social Entrepreneurs: Part Non-Profit, Part Business

Posted on · Social entrepreneurs launch businesses or initiatives – some for profit, some non-profit – but all designed to create some sort of social change or value. Recently, Houston’s chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum brought some leading social entrepreneurs from around the country to town to help Houstonians understand what social entrepreneurs do, and the challenges […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]

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Is There a Generation Gap in Houston’s Workforce?

Posted on · According to Houston’s government data, the city has among the youngest populations in the nation, with the median age of residents being 32-years-old. And with Houston’s booming economy and university systems, this Texas city continues to draw new, young talent to the workplace. But, what about Houston’s older residents? Many industries, especially oil and gas, […]

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The Downside of Charter Schools in Houston

Posted on · A few weeks back, we talked about expansion of charter schools in Houston. As we heard, some see benefits to charter schools, but there are potential downsides too. Today we talk with a public education advocate, about how charter schools may drain funding from public schools, essentially super-serving a small number of students at the expense […]

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Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Posted on · The city of Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation. And our growing economy continues to draw new, young talent to the region – and specifically, to the workplace. They’re arriving as a looming population of older workers is nearing retirement. The result – a generation gap at work. Those older workers have […]