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Houston Matters for Friday April 5, 2013

Posted on · For years, the North Forest Independent School District has struggled. Less than two thirds of students there finish high school. So, the Texas Education Agency last year ordered that, unless there was significant improvement within the year, North Forest would be closed. This week, the TEA upheld that decision, and announced North Forest will merge […]

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Houston’s Creative Economy Outpaces Most Cities

Posted on · Houston's arts and creative economy is growing faster than those in most large U.S. cities. A study by the Houston Arts Alliance, University of Houston and Greater Houston Partnership — shows the creative community in Houston counts more jobs than the Texas Medical Center.

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Houston Region Surpasses NYC As Most Diverse

Posted on · Houston has surpassed New York City as the most diverse region in the nation. Researchers at Rice University say the Houston Metro area grew substantially in diversity over the past 20 years — with much of that growth in Missouri City and Pearland.

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Houston Faces 100 Million Shortfall

Posted on · The City of Houston faces a nearly 100-million dollar shortfall next fiscal year. Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the budget gap is widening rather than narrowing. Laurie Johnson reports.

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New City Radio System on the Fast Track

Posted on · The City of Houston has pushed the "fast-forward" button on getting a 100-million dollar emergency radio system up and running earlier than planned. It will eventually replace an assortment of outdated systems for police, fire and public works that use yesterday's technology, have big holes in coverage and aren't able to communicate with other jurisdictions without special adaptors. Jack Williams reports.

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Seeing Houston From 20 Feet Below Street Level

Posted on · The natural resource of Buffalo Bayou winds its way all throughout Houston. Now that natural waterway is being made more accessible for those who would like to boat on the waterway. Capella Tucker reports, it's a different way to escape the hustle and bustle of Houston without leaving the city limits.