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South Texas Nuclear Company Opens Brand New Emergency Response Center

Posted on · Japan's nuclear crisis has renewed the debate over the safety of atomic energy programs around the world. Houston's nearest facility is the South Texas Project, a nuclear energy plant in Matagorda County. As Wendy Siegle reports — STP has just opened a brand new joint information center and emergency response system.

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Divvying Up Bike/Ped/Road Money

Posted on · Local transportation policy makers have $80 million dollars to distribute. Last month, they stalled on deciding what to do with that money. Everything from bikeway projects to road projects is on the table. As Wendy Siegle reports — discussions on how to allocate the funding is causing transportation advisors to reevaluate how Houston's transportation system will look in the future.

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KUHF Conversations: Galina Tachieva & Tom Low

Posted on · Houston's known for being a sprawling city. But it's now home to an increasing number of high density, pedestrian-friendly developments — think City Centre, Midtown, and Sugar Land town square. Wendy Siegle spoke to two sustainable development experts about this trend. They're in Houston today to lead an urban planning workshop, where they'll talk about how their ideas can be applied to Houston.

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Sending Relief Donations to Legitimate Aid Organizations

Posted on · With last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, donations are pouring into aid organizations from around the world. But as Wendy Siegle reports — how can you make sure your money is going to a reputable organization, and not to some scam?

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Giffords Making "Leaps and Bounds" in Rehab, Has Been Told She Was Shot

Posted on · Two months into her recovery from a bullet wound to the head, doctors say Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is progressing in "leaps and bounds." She has no recollection of the tragic incident in Tucson, but for the first time she has been told what happened to her. Wendy Siegle reports on what her doctors here in Houston are calling a "tremendous recovery."

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Texas Lawmakers Consider State Distracted Driving Bills

Posted on · The Texas House Transportation Committee discussed five bills today that would limit the use of cell phones while driving. All five dealt with texting behind the wheel, but just one would prohibit both typing and talking on the phone while driving. Wendy Siegle reports.

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City Initiative Brings Fresh Produce to Houston’s ‘Food Deserts’

Posted on · According to a recent study, Texas has fewer supermarkets per capita than any other state in the U.S. the shortage is most prevalent in low-income areas, making it hard for people to find fresh fruits and vegetables. But as Wendy Siegle reports, the Houston Health Department is spearheading a new initiative to bring fresh produce to a few underserved areas around the city.

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House-Passed Bill Would Slash Funding For Columbia Bottomlands Forest

Posted on · Just over a week ago, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution bill that would keep federal programs funded for the rest of the fiscal year. It's now being taking up by the Senate. The bill includes drastic cuts to environmental programs across the county. Wendy Siegle reports on what it would mean for the Columbia Bottomlands Forest here in southeast Texas.

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Bikeway Funding Safe For Now

Posted on · Cyclists in the Houston area won a small victory today: at its monthly meeting, the Transportation Policy Council decided to postpone a vote on a proposal that would put several bike and pedestrian-oriented projects on hold. As Wendy Siegle reports, the decision came after a number of people came out to oppose the proposal.

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Grand Parkway, Seg E: Traffic Benefits Vs Environmental Costs

Posted on · First there was Loop 610, next came Beltway 8, now planners are working on a possible third ring road that would circle around Greater Houston. A section of the Grand Parkway that would connect I-10 with US 290 is next in line to be built. In the second of our two-part series, Wendy Siegle looks at the expected traffic benefits and the potential environmental costs of Segment E.

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Last Portion of Sam Houston Tollway Opens Saturday

Posted on · Commuters in northeast Harris County will have a new way to get downtown come Saturday. The final section of the Sam Houston Tollway is near completion and will open to the public this weekend. Wendy Siegle reports.