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Consuming Kids with Advertising

Posted on · Ads for everything from movies to Cheetos to iPods are on children's television, t-shirts — even ads at school. But some Houston-area parents think too much commercialism is harmful to their kids. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.

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HISD’s State of the Schools

Posted on · This afternoon, HISD Superintendant Terry Grier gave his first State of the Schools address. The focus of his message was very clear: people, people, people. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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Primary Ballot Propositions

Posted on · When primary voters go to the polls between now and march 2nd, Republicans and Democrats will see different ballots. But the difference is more than just candidate names. Melissa Galvez reports.

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Recipe for Success

Posted on · Last week, the White House announced First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, which aims to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. And it turns out they want to learn from Houston. From the KUHF newslab, Melissa Galvez has the story.

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San Jacinto Battlefield Named an Endangered Historic Site

Posted on · For the first time, the non profit group Preservation Texas has placed the San Jacinto Battlegrounds on their Most Endangered Historic Places list. The group says that the LaPorte battle field needs a comprehensive plan to keep it from falling prey to the 21st century. Melissa Galvez has the story.

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Where Does Houston's Water Come From?

Posted on · Earlier this week, we told you about nationwide drinking water report that highlighted the large number of chemicals found in Houston's tap water. While the levels of each chemical were too small to raise health alarms, it still begs the question: where do all those chemicals come from? From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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What’s In Houston’s Water?

Posted on · Recently, a non profit called The Environmental Working Group released a study of drinking water quality across the nation. Out of the 100 largest cities, Houston ranked 95th on their list. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on what this means for the water coming out of your tap.

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Civil War Soldier Comes Back to Life

Posted on · At the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, a Civil War era soldier is about to come to life. A new exhibit will let visitors see forensic science at work-and bring them face to face with a man who died over one hundred and forty years ago. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.

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Park Program Gets Kids Moving

Posted on · It seems like running around and getting sweaty is what being a kid is all about. But a lot of kids aren't getting enough physical exercise these days. Almost half of Houston's fourth graders are considered overweight or obese. So HISD is instituting a new program to get kids moving. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.

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KUHF Conversations: Perspectives on the Gubernatorial Debate

Posted on · The Republican candidates for Texas governor talked taxes, states rights, and even drug policy in their first debate last night. Incumbent governor Rick Perry faced off against long time Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and GOP activist Debra Medina at the debate in Dallas. KUHF's Melissa Galvez watched the proceedings with Paul Brace, professor of political science at Rice University and Nancy Sims, political blogger, to get their take on how the candidates handled themselves.

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Restaurants Go Green

Posted on · A lot of people want to "go green" in their daily lives. Restaurants in particular can have a big impact on the environment because of how much they consume and waste. But turning green isn't easy-or cheap. How some local restaurants are making it happen. From the KUHF Newslab, Melissa Galvez reports.

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New Antiseptic For Surgery

Posted on · Every year, more than 27 million surgeries are performed throughout the United States. Unfortunately, up to half a million patients develop an infection as a result. But research just published in the New England Journal of Medicine by a Houston doctor points to a better way to cut down on infections — and save money. Melissa Galvez reports.

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Burn Fat With a Pill

Posted on · At this time of year, many of us wish we could just pop a pill to get rid of the holiday pounds we've put on. A researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center says someday, we can. Sort of. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on the complex future of the "exercise pill".

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Discovering the Secrets in Old Cures

Posted on · For 5,000 years, traditional Chinese medicine has relied on herbs and acupuncture to treat every type of illness. But these products aren't widespread in the U.S. — mostly because Western doctors don't really know how they work. Now, researchers at UT Health Science Center Houston are cracking open the ancient code. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.