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Ellington Field Supporters Switch to “Plan B”

Posted on · Now that the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission has voted to retire the squadron of F-16 fighters based at Ellington Field, those who fought to keep the fighters there have switched to “Plan B.” Ellington Field Task Force Chairman John Cook says it’s a sad reality but Ellington is going to lose the fighters […]

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Wharton County Courthouse Restoration

Posted on · Restoration of the historic 19th century county courthouse in Wharton has passed a major milestone today. The original clock tower has been put back in place, and one of the most beautiful old courthouses in Texas is starting to look like its old self again. Texas is famous for its 19th century courthouses, and the […]

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Senator Hutchison Responds to BRAC Hearing

Posted on · Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison isn’t happy with some of the decisions the federal Base Realignment and Closure commission is making about military bases in Texas. Hutchison says the decisions will affect a lot of people. The commission has voted to close Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, a […]

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Low Vaccination Rate in Texas Concerns Doctors

Posted on · Texas doctors are going on the offensive to get more Texas children immunized against serious diseases. They’ve launched a media campaign to make parents more aware of the importance of early immunizations. Texas is 48th in the country in vaccinating children age three and under, and it gets worse every year. The Texas Medical Association […]

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Moving the Old Train

Posted on · That old steam engine just outside the zoo in Hermann Park will be moved to a new “parking space” this week. You have no idea how much work goes into moving something as big — and as HEAVY — as a vintage steam engine. Old Southern Pacific engine 982 has been in Hermann Park since […]

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Online Auction of Historic Artifacts a Success

Posted on · A local preservation group has closed out its online auction of historic artifacts and items from historic homes, and they’re calling it a “historic” success. It’s historic because it was the first time Historic Houston has used an online auction to raise money. It ran for a little over a month on their website, and […]

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Chemical Spill in Chocolate Bayou

Posted on · The Coast Guard and several state agencies are keeping a collective close eye on a barge that ran aground in Chocolate Bayou several nights ago with nearly half a million gallons of a toxic chemical aboard. The tank barge with 425,000 gallons of sulfuric acid started taking on water and ran aground Monday night in […]

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Major Changes to City’s Historic Preservation Ordinances

Posted on · Houston City Council has made major changes in the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Local preservationists say it gives the city’s historic homes and buildings their first real protection from developers. The Preservation Ordinance has been amended to let property owners permanently protect their historic buildings from being moved or demolished by having their property designated […]

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New State Immunization Law

Posted on · Some new immunization requirements are looming for Texas children in pre-kindergarten and day care centers. Children in those facilities will need to be immunized against two serious diseases — both of which are on the rise in Texas. A new state law requires children in child care facilities to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and […]

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Summer Meteor Shower Lights Up Night Sky

Posted on · It’s August, and as it does every year about this time, our planet Earth is passing through the tail of a comet that’s also orbiting the sun. This is what causes the meteor shower that’s lighting up the night skies. The shower will be visible for another two nights. It’s called the Perseids Meteor Shower. […]

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Today’s Launch of Mars Probe Scrubbed

Posted on · Today’s planned launch of an unmanned Mars probe has been scrubbed and reset for tomorrow because of bad weather at the Kennedy Space Center. One of the leading scientists in NASA’s Mars Program says this probe will pave the way for sending astronauts there some day. When it gets to Mars six months from now, […]

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Ground Breaking for Bio-Lab in Galveston

Posted on · State, local and national dignitaries gathered in Galveston today to ceremonially break ground for the nation’s first National Bio-Containment Laboratory, which is to be built at the University of Texas Medical Branch. A bevy of Texas scientific and political leaders stood together to turn the ceremonial shovels, to mark the beginning of construction for what […]

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Homeowners Protest Plans for I-45

Posted on · A coalition of home and property owners along Interstate 45 north of downtown is calling on Houston City Council to reject the state’s plans to widen the freeway in their part of town. They says it’s a major quality of life issue for them, and the entire city. TXDOT is proposing to widen I-45 out […]

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Discovery Shuttle Return Delay

Posted on · NASA officials say the space shuttle Discovery will come down tomorrow — somewhere. Today’s landing was scrubbed because of weather at the Kennedy Space Center. Mission managers say the most important part of this long awaited return to flight is a safe return to earth, and with the world watching anxiously today they took no […]

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Wortham Center Renovation

Posted on · There’s an important renovation in progress at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, and it’s going to make a major change in the “sound” of the music performed there. Actually, it’s more of a “change” than a “renovation.” They’re correcting a mistake that was made when the Center was designed in the 1980s. It’s the […]