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Author Exposes Threat of Nuclear Mishaps

Posted on · You may remember investigative journalist Eric Schlosser as the guy who ruined fast food for you, at least for a time. His book Fast Food Nation was a best-selling exposé of the American food industry, and thanks to him, we all know too well how the chicken nuggets are made. Well, now he’s back to […]


Houston Fire Department: Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Posted on · It's estimated that 30 percent of all residential fires that the Houston Fire Department responds to have either no smoke detector or no working smoke detector. The City of Houston continues its partnership with the Home Depot and Kidde, a smoke detector maker, to increase public awareness about fire and carbon monoxide safety.

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Houston Matters for Friday, April 12, 2013

Posted on · The last day of Alex Brown's life began like many others. The 17 year old Seagraves High School senior hopped in her truck, and began the drive to her Lubbock, Texas-area school. Along the way, she began texting, a distraction which led to her rolling her truck. She was ejected from the vehicle and died. […]


Should Cell Phone Use In Cars Be Banned?

Posted on · Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended banning the use of cell phones devices while driving. It's the first time such a broad recommendation has been made on the federal level, but Texas has been wrangling over the issue for years.


The Dangers of Children and Water

Posted on · For many people, enjoying the Labor Day holiday will involve being in or around water. But if you have little children, medical experts are warning you to be extra careful. Bill Stamps reports.


Wanted: Your Gas Guzzler

Posted on · The government's program to get fuel-greedy cars off the road is gaining popularity in Houston. Buyers get a cash rebate and dealers get a new car sale — something that's been scarce in the depressed economy. Laurie Johnson has more.


Identifying Abused and Abducted Children

Posted on · Identifying an abused or abducted child can be difficult if law officers don't know what to look for, so the Texas Department of Public Safety is launching a new program it hopes will change that. Jim Bell explains.


State Warns of Fire Danger

Posted on · State forestry officials say today's dry and windy conditions are just right for a wild fire in almost every part of the state. Jim Bell has more on what that means for us here in the Houston area.


Food Bank Deals with Peanut Butter Recall

Posted on · The peanut butter salmonella recall list seems to grow longer each day. Removing peanut butter products from your pantry and shopping list is one thing, but as Rod Rice reports, it is quite another for a huge operation like the Houston Food Bank.


Stay Off, Stay Away, Stay Alive

Posted on · Two weeks after an eleven-year-old girl was run over by a train in the Channelview area, safety officials are reaching out to the community to educate parents and children about the dangers of playing on train tracks. Laurie Johnson has more.


Using Tragedy to Educate

Posted on · The cause of a fatal house fire last weekend in northwest Houston is still pending, but the Houston Fire Department is using the tragedy to neighbors about the importance of having a smoke detector. Pat Hernandez has more.