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Houston Gets Ready for National Night Out

Posted on · Police and neighborhood groups all over the country — and here in Houston — are getting ready for the 22nd annual “National Night Out” next Tuesday evening. They say getting out of the house and visiting your neighbors really does help fight crime. National Night Out is a project of the National Association of Town […]

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Save the Bishop’s Palace

Posted on · The City of Galveston and the Galveston Historical Foundation are hoping to save the historic Bishop’s Palace — one of the island city’s most beautiful and historic old homes. The Bishop’s Palace was built in the 1880s as a private home. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has owned it since the 1920s, and it was opened […]

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Houston Fire Museum Receives $2 Million

Posted on · The Houston Fire Museum is using a $2 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to move forward with plans to expand the museum and turn it into a big midtown area educational complex. The Houston Fire Museum is now in an old 19th century fire house on Milam Street, and along with its […]

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Energy Bill Compromise

Posted on · In Washington, congressional negotiators working on a compromise energy bill have given up trying to protect companies that make the gasoline additive MTBE from environmental lawsuits. The state of New Hampshire and 35 other states are suing MTBE manufacturers because MTBE has seeped into water supplies and private water wells. New Hampshire Republican Congressman Charlie […]

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Elissa Recruiting Next Year’s Crew

Posted on · The people in charge of the old sailing ship Elissa are starting another season of training land-lubbers to serve as crew-members for some trips out into the Gulf of Mexico next year. The Elissa is a real 19th century sailing ship owned and maintained by the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston. They can’t take passengers, […]

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Blood Drive for Wounded Soldiers

Posted on · Blood drives are fairly commonplace events, but the blood drive going on in East Harris County today and tomorrow is unique. Civilians are donating blood for wounded American soldiers in Iraq. The sponsors say they believe this blood drive is the first time the U.S. Army has accepted donated blood from civilians for soldiers in […]

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HP Layoffs Local Impact Unknown

Posted on · As expected, personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard dropped the axe today, and announced a worldwide restructuring that will result in 14,500 layoffs, and cut costs nearly two billion dollars a year. HP has 151,000 employees around the world — about 9,000 of whom are in Houston — and the only thing known for sure today is […]

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Clean Power from Coal

Posted on · Science has come up with a way to burn coal to generate electric power with near zero emissions. Near zero emissions. And the state of Texas is taking steps to be the first in the country to develop this non-polluting power technology. Coal burning power plants are cheap to operate but they’re a disaster environmentally […]

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Historic Auction Goes Online

Posted on · A local historic preservation group is using cyberspace to raise money. They’re holding an auction of architectural antiques and fixtures from old homes and buildings, and it’s all on the Internet. The group is Historic Houston, and President Lynn Edmundson says their online auction operates just like EBay, and they’re auctioning a lot of old […]

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Call for Immigration Reform

Posted on · The Metropolitan Organization of Houston, local officials and immigrant advocates are protesting an anti-illegal immigrant group’s plans to monitor illegals in Houston. They say it’s more proof of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. No to vigilantes. Yes to immigration reform. That was the message today at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, where The Metropolitan Organization […]

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Broadband Over Powerlines

Posted on · CenterPoint Energy, the electric company, wants to use power lines to provide high-speed Internet access. Several dozen Houston families are now testing this idea, and if it works, CenterPoint plans to make it available to everyone. It’s called broadband over power lines, or BPL, and it allows the power line coming to your house to […]

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State Water Planning

Posted on · The Texas Water Development Board is in the final phases of drawing up a new statewide plan for developing and protecting state’s water resources. However, environmentalists don’t think the plans proposed so far do enough to encourage water conservation. The Texas population is expected to double in the next four decades and put unprecedented demands […]

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Houston Water Supply High Despite Dry Summer

Posted on · Houston Public Works officials are watching the water meters this summer, because of the hot and dry weather. Even though some towns in the area are rationing water, they say the situation would have to get a lot worse before they would consider rationing in Houston. Houstonians are using a lot of water to keep […]

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Hot, Dry Summer Results in Burn Bans

Posted on · The Texas Forest Service is racing to keep up with wildfires all over the state, in what officials say is the hottest and driest summer they’ve seen in ten years. As of today, 111 counties in all areas of Texas have been placed under official bans on outdoor burning because of the unrelenting hot and […]

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Fair Housing Bill Goes to Senate

Posted on · Houston Congressman Al Green says the U.S. House has voted to restore funding for enforcement of Fair Housing programs to the Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Congressman Green sponsored the amendment to restore nearly $8 million to the Fair Housing Assistance Program, which […]