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Shelter Provides School Supplies at Backpack Party

Posted on · The average age of a homeless person in Houston is nine-years-old so getting kids ready for the school year is a big event at the Star of Hope. Over the course of a year the Star of Hope shelters help about a thousand children with school supplies. At the beginning of each school year there […]

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October Launch to International Space Station

Posted on · As the shuttle Discovery returns to earth the next International Space Station crew is preparing for an October launch. An American, a Russian and a business man will be heading to the space station this fall to replace the current crew. They will be transported up to the ISS by a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. This […]

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New Bipartisan School Finance Bill

Posted on · There’s a bipartisan new school finance bill in Austin and Governor Rick Perry, reasoning half a loaf is better then nothing, says he’ll consider signing it. It’s the work of Democrat Rodney Ellis of Houston and Republican Kevin Eltife of Tyler. The bill providers $290 million for new text books, a thousand dollar a year […]

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State Asks for Fish Kill Reports

Posted on · A combination of high heat and low oxygen in the gulf has the potential to kill large numbers of fish. State biologists are asking coastal anglers, boaters and homeowners to report the exact location of fish kills occurring on the upper and central Texas coast. Tom Harvey, with Texas Parks and Wildlife, says biologists are […]

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Rice Professor Studying Amazon River

Posted on · Scientists studying the effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have some new information about the role played by the Amazon River in releasing CO2 back into the air. A Rice University professor was part of a team that studied the river’s breathing. Carrie Masiello is an assistant professor in the department of Earth Science […]

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Affordable Clinics for Uninsured Patients

Posted on · Those who are uninsured in the greater Houston area have few options for affordable health care, but things are getting better thanks to federally qualified health centers. The FQHC designation carries with it a number of benefits for a community non-profit clinic. Houston City Council Member Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs is one of a number of […]

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Pearland Spelling Bee Winner Donates Scholarship

Posted on · A spelling bee winner from Pearland has been awarded a scholarship in honor of an organization that is building a new way to care for homeless women and children in India. Anjay Ajodha is from Pearland. He’ll be going to Pearland Junior High South this coming school year and he wants to be a micro-biologist, […]

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Gulf Coast Subsidence, Part 2

Posted on · Is the Texas Gulf Coast slowly sinking? That question follows a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that found the Louisiana Coast is subsiding at a faster rate than expected. A local geologist says we don’t know the complete answer. Last Monday morning geologist Arthur Berman, the director of www.petroleumreports.com, and editor of […]

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Houston Zoo’s Liberty Celebrates Birthday

Posted on · The Houston Zoo is celebrating Liberty–the zoo’s six-year-old bald eagle. The zoo is marking Liberty’s sixth birthday tomorrow at the Children’s Zoo. Liberty ended up at the zoo in January 2000 after being shot in the wing. Amy Simpson is a supervisor at the Children’s Zoo. She says Liberty was found in Wharton County. Simpson […]

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Texas Teachers Attend National Education Conference

Posted on · Teachers from across the country are gathered in Los Angeles for the 143rd annual National Education Association Conference. Donna Haschke is the president of the Texas State Teachers Association. She says two issues hang over the heads of Texas teachers. One is the funding problem being played out in Austin and the other is the […]

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Gulf Coast Subsidence

Posted on · A recent study by the National Oceanigraphic and Atmospheric Administration discovered that coastal Louisiana is sinking at a much faster rate than expected. A local geologist says it is part of the ongoing dynamic nature of the earth. Arthur Berman is director of www.petroleumreports.com and he’s editor of the Houston Geological Society bulletin. Berman says […]

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Children’s Mental Health

Posted on · Children rely on their parents to take care of them. It is easier for adults to see the potential for physical dangers and react to medical illnesses than it is to stop the indications to mental and emotional needs. It is not only important for parents to know the signs of mental or emotional problems […]

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Historic Fan Exhibit

Posted on · Long before air conditioning Texas homes had fans to help allieviate the summer heat. In fact, the electric fan was one of the first electrical household appliances. With the invention of the light bulb 19th century homes began being wired for electric lights. It didn’t take long for manufacturers to decide that people needed more […]

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Progressive Forum Welcomes Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Houston

Posted on · Environmental lawyer and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is in Houston for the inaugural event of the Progressive Forum. His speech is titled “A Contract with our Future.” Kennedy says he is non-partisan on the environment but his book is called “Crimes Against Nature…How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals are Plundering the Country […]

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Program Helps Depressed Seniors

Posted on · A significant number of older Americans are depressed. Many don’t know it and therefore get no help. An innovative program is being tried here that uses existing community resources to identify and deal with depressive issues among seniors. Dr. Mark Kunik is a psychiatrist at the Debaky VA Medical Center and an associate professor at […]