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Exhibit Pays Tribute to the Men and Women of the Houston Ship Channel

Posted on · Nearly 100 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson presided over the opening of the Houston Ship Channel. According to the Port Authority, each year the 52-mile channel serves around 8,000 vessels and more than 200 million tons of cargo that move through the Port of Houston. Needless to say, the Ship Channel […]

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Private Prisons, Veterans Court, and Ship Channel Stories: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 16, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at a South Texas detention center for mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The Karnes City facility is run by a private, for-profit operator based in Florida, which strongly denies the allegations. The claims come four months after the ACLU issued a report […]

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Modern Dance Project Pays Homage to the History of the Houston Ship Channel

Posted on · We learn about a new modern dance production that pays homage to the role of the Houston Ship Channel in the history of both Texas and Houston. The piece, called “Channel/1836,” is by Karen Stokes Dance and combines film of dancers performing around the ship channel with a live stage performance. The performance is Sept. […]

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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]

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Offshore Technology Conference, Prescription Drug Abuse, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, May 5, 2014

Posted on · More than 90,000 people from more than 120 countries are expected to attend the 45th Offshore Technology Conference this week. Oil and gas industry executives, scientists and engineers will have access to the latest technical information and equipment. It's also an opportunity for local students and professionals to network. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Texas Oil Spill Tracked With New High-tech Buoy

Posted on · And now, the latest on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Galveston Island. The heavy and thick "fuel oil" leaked out after a barge collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel this past weekend. Dave Fehling is Houston Public Media's State Impact reporter for energy and the environment. […]

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Crime, Oil Spill Update, ICE, & Kayaking Buffalo Bayou: Houston Matters for Wed., March 26, 2014

Posted on · When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPDÂ says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; […]

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Oil Spill Latest, Mental Health, & the Literary Scene: Houston Matters for Monday, March 24, 2014

Posted on · On Saturday, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. While the barge was carrying a million gallons of marine fuel oil, officials believe just one tank was breached, which would suggest no more than 168,000 gallons spilled into the bay. As crews skimmed oil from the water, and containment booms […]