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New Light Rail, Payday Loans & Giant Chocolate Santa: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Houston has a new light rail line opening. The city passed new restrictions on payday lending. And a local restaurant displays an enormous, 2.5-million calorie chocolate Santa statue. We examine The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston news with our panel of decided non-experts: Frederick J. Goodall, author of parenting blog MochaDad.com; Lisa […]

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Health and Human Services Secy. Sebelius Visits Houston

Posted on · Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. We have details on the Secretary's visit, and on rules the Texas Department […]

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Holiday Shopping with Less Hustle & Bustle: Old Town Spring’s Home for the Holdiays

Posted on · The 33rd Annual Home for the Holidays event in Old Town Spring deems itself a “Texas-styled winter wonderland” with lights and shopping. The event runs through Dec. 21. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse asked organizer Pam Golden how the event became what it is today. More: You can learn more about Home for the Holidays […]

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Church Uses Hubble Images for Stained Glass Windows

Posted on · We’ve all seen stained glass windows in churches, cathedrals and synagogues. They’re usually ornate, richly colored depictions of the saints or religious symbols. But one local congregation, St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nassau Bay — which is just around the corner from NASA’s Johnson Space Center — took another route when it designed its new […]

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Houston: We Have Dengue Fever. Why Are New Diseases Showing Up in H-Town?

Posted on · Houston’s diversity and sheer size mean more people are coming in and out of the city from many different places. That means the city is seeing cases of diseases not typically seen here in the past — even tropical diseases once thought to be exclusive to urban areas of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia […]

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Feeding Hungry Houstonians: Not Just a Holiday Issue

Posted on · While many of us will celebrate the holidays with elaborate spreads for family and friends, some Houstonians are going hungry this holiday season. City officials say many of those who are in need of food include poor, working families with young children. We discuss efforts to serve Houstonians now, and throughout the year with Agency […]

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Merry Grinchmas! New Exhibit Chronicles the Art of Dr. Seuss

Posted on · A new exhibit at the The Children’s Museum of Houston chronicles the artwork and career of Theodor Geisel — aka Dr. Seuss. Merry Grinchmas! – The Art of Dr. Seuss is on display now through Feb. 23. The exhibit features a combination of original artifacts and reproduced artwork chronicling the common artistic links found throughout […]

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What Exactly is a ‘Super Neighborhood?’

Posted on · Houston is made up of dozens of neighborhoods, but did you know there are groups that make these communities a little more super? There are nearly 90 of these “Super Neighborhoods” made up of residents who act as liaisons between their community and the city of Houston. They were created during Mayor Lee Brown’s tenure […]

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s Around the Holidays

Posted on · The holidays can be a trying time for those with Alzheimer's and for those taking care of them. We find out about some research being conducted here in Houston designed to help decelerate memory loss from Rebecca Axline, supervisory clinical social worker at Houston Methodist's Nantz National Alzheimer Center and Jokubas Ziburkus, Neuroscientist at the […]

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Is Gun Violence in Houston Getting Worse?

Posted on · Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six adults were killed. A year later, on this edition of Houston Matters, we consider gun violence here in Houston. Does Houston have more or fewer incidents of gun violence than other major U.S. cities? Is […]

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Sports Monday: Texans Recap & Rockets in National TV Spotlight

Posted on · In our weekly sports roundup: We’ll recap the Texans latest loss at Indianapolis and preview their final regular season home game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this Sunday. And the Rockets are in the national spotlight this week, with games broadcast on ESPN against the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. They’re two of […]