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Battle Over Coal-Fired Plant in Matagorda County Continues

Posted on · A battle over water rights continues in Matagorda County. A proposed coal plant would take more than eight billion gallons of fresh water every year from the lower Colorado River. But environmentalists say there just isn't enough water to support the plan. KUHF Health Science and Technology Reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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KUHF Conversations: Robert Stott

Posted on · This week marks the tenth anniversary of Tropical Storm Allison, one of the most devastating flood events in Houston's history. One of the hardest hit areas was the Texas Medical Center. No patients died, but lab animals were lost, along with hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel sat down with a medical center executive to find out what's been done since then to keep the hospitals safe.

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Orbiting Magnet Will Look for Anti-Matter and Other Charged Particles

Posted on · The space shuttle Endeavour flew back to earth last week, bringing home astronaut Mark Kelly and his crewmates. But scientists are more interested in what the shuttle left behind — a particle detector now clamped onto the outside of the orbiting space station. KUHF Health, Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with Rice University physicist Paul Padley about the alpha magnetic spectrometer, or AMS.

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Mark Kelly and Shuttle Crew Back in Houston

Posted on · Astronaut Mark Kelly and his crewmates returned home to Houston yesterday after landing space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has this story from the welcome-back event at Ellington Field.

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Trauma Patients Come Together to Share Stories

Posted on · Emergency rooms are fast-paced and frenzied. Patients blur by too quickly, sent off to surgery or to a hospital bed. That's why Ben Taub Hospital created an annual gathering for trauma survivors. The patients get to meet their caregivers long after the crisis has passed. And, as KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel discovered, it also provides some meaningful closure.

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Texas Plans to Illegalize Synthetic Stimulants known as "Bath Salts"

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has passed a bill to illegalize synthetic drugs that are said to mimic cocaine. Legislators say you can buy the white powder by asking for "bath salts" at stores that sell pipes and other drug paraphernalia. The bill is awaiting Governor Rick Perry's signature. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel decided to find out more about the drug and its dangers.

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Doctors Rebuild Giffords Skull and Praise Her Progress

Posted on · Doctors from Memorial Hermann Hospital gave an update on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords today. She underwent surgery yesterday to rebuild her skull after a January shooting outside a Tucson supermarket. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more on the surgery and her progress in therapy.

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TX Health Care Industry Watches Austin for Possible Medicaid Cuts

Posted on · The Texas Medical Association held its annual meeting this past weekend in Houston. More than 1,000 physicians from all over the state gathered here for continuing education and updates on health policy. As KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel found, the doctors are keeping an anxious eye on the budget process in Austin.

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Controversial "Sonogram Bill" Gains Traction in Texas Leg

Posted on · A bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a sonogram is moving forward in the Texas Legislature. The new changes would add exceptions for victims of rape and incest and for women who live far away from an abortion clinic. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.

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Disappointment of Launch Delay From the Kennedy Space Center Lot

Posted on · NASA crews are working around the clock to get space shuttle Endeavour ready for a second launch attempt. More tests need to be run on an electrical system before the next target date is set. Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has been reporting from Kennedy Space Center and she found that as journalists and space tourists leave Florida, some die-hard shuttle fans are having trouble saying goodbye.

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Shuttle Fixes Will Take At Least One Week

Posted on · Nasa technicians will spend the coming week testing the space shuttle's electrical system. A problem with an electrical switch box grounded Endeavour on Friday and the agency says they'll need at least until May 8 to install and test the replacement box. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has the details — and the disappointment — from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.