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New Charges Brought Up Against Tom Delay

Posted on · Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay is denouncing new charges against him. An Austin grand jury re-indicted Delay for violation of state election laws, adding money laundering charges. The new indictment, which supercedes last week’s, was handed up by a new grand jury seated Monday, adding two charges of money laundering. Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin […]

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Local Company Sequencing Human Genome

Posted on · A group of Houston scientists are testing ways to find a faster — cheaper method of sequencing the human genome. As Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports — the project is supported by the national institues of health and — if successful — could launch Houston to the forefront of biotechnology. When the first human […]

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Silver Screams Film Festival Starts Friday

Posted on · If you like your movies to include vampires, monsters and phantom killers, there’s a film festival just for you starting Friday. You know you’re dealing with true believers when an event is called the “first annual” that is how Silver Screams co-directors Cynthia Neely and Jolene McMaster are billing the event that begins late Friday […]

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Monday October 3rd, 2005

Posted on · Texas Genco to be acquired by New Jersey firm…Reliant Energy selling three New York City power plants…Symantec acquiring Bindview Development in $209 million deal… Princeton, New Jersey-based NRG Energy is buying Texas Genco in a $5.8 billion deal. Texas Genco operates eight plants and owns a 44 percent stake in the South Texas Project nuclear […]

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Safety Is On School Bus Drivers Minds

Posted on · It’s something that most parents take for granted, that once their children board the school bus every morning, they’ll make it to class safely, ready to hit the books. As Houston public radio’s Jack Williams reports, local school bus drivers are doing what they can to make sure that happens, a process that isn’t as […]

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Texas Historical Commission

Posted on · The Texas Historical Commission is sending experts around to assess damage done to historic structures by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They’re hoping to keep old homes and buildings from being demolished in the rush to rebuild. Several teams of Texas Historical Commission experts spent last week in east and southeast Texas counties with a lot […]

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Friday September 30th, 2005

Posted on · Damage estimates estimated for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita…French ambassador thanks Houston after storm…Gasoline prices heading back up in Texas in wake of Hurricane Rita… The government says Hurricane Katrina caused $100 billion in uninsured losses last month. The Commerce Department says personal spending fell one percent, the biggest tumble since the terror attacks four years […]

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Historic Third Ward School Reborn

Posted on · A historic school in Houston’s Third Ward — that was closed last year because of declining enrollment — is coming to life again because of Hurricane Katrina. Douglass Elementary School will reopen next week with a new name, as a charter school for children of Louisiana evacuees. The Houston School Board has voted to lease […]

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Gasoline Supplies Getting Back to Normal

Posted on · Gasoline supplies are getting back to normal after running dry during the Hurricane Rita evacuation. Rice University researchers say the normal gasoline consumption for Houston and the surrounding area for this time a year is about 22 million gallons per day. Baker Institute energy fellow Kenneth Medlock says Rita doubled that number. Despite Rita, prices […]

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Hurricane Evacuation Task Force Created

Posted on · State, county and city officials have formed a hurricane task force to assess the region’s evacuation plans and make recommendations for changes. The task force is composed of industry leaders and transportation experts. Houston Mayor Bill White says the response from the state in the days leading up to Hurricane Rita was unacceptable. He along […]

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Two Med Center Giants Make Peace

Posted on · The simmering feud between two of the Texas Medical Center’s key institutions is on the mend with the announcement of a new partnership brokered by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital parted ways in April of 2004 after the two Med Center giants couldn’t agree on strategic visions. […]

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Thursday September 29th, 2005

Posted on · Oil companies continue offshore platform and rig damage assessment…Governor Perry authorizes public utility companies to restore power faster by laying temporary electric transmission lines…Stewart & Stevenson sells Engineered Products Division in $60 million deal… Officials say 13 drilling rigs have been seriously damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Rita, which blasted ashore last Saturday near Sabine […]

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VA Mobile Clinics on the Move

Posted on · The Houston V-A Hospital has sent two mobile health clinics to east Texas to provide care for people unable to get care at hospitals that were damaged by Hurricane Rita. The VA mobile clinics are fully staffed and equipped, and VA spokeswoman Bobbi Gruner says they’re ready to treat people anywhere they can be parked. […]

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Rita’s Local Bill: $111 Million

Posted on · Although the worst of it missed Harris County, Hurricane Rita still caused tens of millions of dollars in damage locally, but nothing near what it could have with a direct hit. The official estimated damage total in Harris County now stands at $111 million, billions less than Tropical Storm Allison caused four years ago. Tax […]

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Grocers Struggle to Supply Demand

Posted on · Grocery stores throughout the gulf coast are having a challenging time keeping up with demand. The demand on Houston grocery stores started to increase with Hurricane Katrina evacuees moving temporarily and in some cases permanently to the area. Hurricane Rita kept the pressure on with residents stocking and then re-stocking their refrigerators and pantry shelves. […]