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How Receiving Kidney Donation Changed Houston Man’s Life

Posted on · In 2013 the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recorded more than 1.6 million Texas registrants to the Donate Life Texas Registry, bringing the total to nearly five million people. The registry is the state database of individuals who have officially indicated their decisions to donate organs and tissue to benefit thousands of people currently […]

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How TxDOT Prepares for Icy Roads

Posted on · Sleet and ice in Houston. Again. What? As Greater Houston gears up for more icy weather today, we’ll check in with TxDOT’s Karen Othon about current road conditions and what the Houston District Emergency Operations Center has already done to pre-treat roads. And for any motorists who simply must drive Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll discuss how […]

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Conference Provides Resources for Houston Early Childhood Educators

Posted on · Every year the Harris County Department of Childhood Education hosts an event for early childhood educators in Houston. The idea is to provide a learning environment for teachers to come together to share teaching strategies and best practices and to socialize. This year, the conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to […]

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Policing the Police

Posted on · On Thursday, Oct .24, Texas Southern University will host a community meeting called “Policing the Police” – it’s a panel discussion about police procedures. The event stems from recent articles about police misconduct published by the Texas Observer. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of the meeting, we talk with Texas Observer writer Emily DePrang, […]

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Foster Home Shortage in Houston

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]

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Skateboarding in Houston

Posted on · The world of skateboarding has changed, well, more than just a little bit in the last 40-50 years. And Texas may be poised to become the center of the skateboarding universe. Next year, the city of Austin will host the X Games – skateboard competitions are featured prominently in those games. Here in Houston, we have […]