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Sebelius Visits, Oil & Gas in 2014, Payday Loans, & Houston Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 20, 2013

Posted on · Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll have details on the Secretary’s visit, and on […]

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Holiday Shopping with Less Hustle & Bustle: Old Town Spring’s Home for the Holdiays

Posted on · The 33rd Annual Home for the Holidays event in Old Town Spring deems itself a “Texas-styled winter wonderland” with lights and shopping. The event runs through Dec. 21. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse asked organizer Pam Golden how the event became what it is today. More: You can learn more about Home for the Holidays […]

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Church Uses Hubble Images for Stained Glass Windows

Posted on · We’ve all seen stained glass windows in churches, cathedrals and synagogues. They’re usually ornate, richly colored depictions of the saints or religious symbols. But one local congregation, St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nassau Bay — which is just around the corner from NASA’s Johnson Space Center — took another route when it designed its new […]

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Houston: We Have Dengue Fever. Why Are New Diseases Showing Up in H-Town?

Posted on · Houston’s diversity and sheer size mean more people are coming in and out of the city from many different places. That means the city is seeing cases of diseases not typically seen here in the past — even tropical diseases once thought to be exclusive to urban areas of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia and […]

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Feeding Hungry Houstonians: Not Just a Holiday Issue

Posted on · While many of us will celebrate the holidays with elaborate spreads for family and friends, some Houstonians are going hungry this holiday season. City officials say many of those who are in need of food include poor, working families with young children. We discuss efforts to serve Houstonians now, and throughout the year with Agency […]

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Hunger in Houston, New Diseases, Celestial Windows and Old Town Spring: Houston Matters, for Thursday, December 19, 2013

Posted on · While many of us will celebrate the holidays with elaborate spreads for family and friends, some Houstonians are going hungry this holiday season. City officials say many of those who are in need of food include poor, working families with young children. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss efforts to serve Houstonians now, […]

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Houston Greeters: A Unique Insight into Houston

Posted on · Many of you may have family and friends visiting from out of town over the next few weeks. If you can’t find the time to show them around the city yourself, there’s a group you can set them up with. It’s called Houston Greeters, a non-profit with dozens of volunteers ready to show off Houston’s […]

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Merry Grinchmas! New Exhibit Chronicles the Art of Dr. Seuss

Posted on · A new exhibit at the The Children’s Museum of Houston chronicles the artwork and career of Theodor Geisel — aka Dr. Seuss. Merry Grinchmas! – The Art of Dr. Seuss is on display now through Feb. 23. The exhibit features a combination of original artifacts and reproduced artwork chronicling the common artistic links found throughout Dr. Seuss’s nearly 70 […]

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What Exactly is a ‘Super Neighborhood?’

Posted on · Houston is made up of dozens of neighborhoods, but did you know there are groups that make these communities a little more super? There are nearly 90 of these “Super Neighborhoods” made up of residents who act as liaisons between their community and the city of Houston. They were created during Mayor Lee Brown’s tenure […]

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Houston Jails & Prisons, Super Neighborhoods, & Houston Greeters: Houston Matters for Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

Posted on · One way to judge the quality of a society is to look at how it treats its prisoners. If we were to do that here in Houston, what would we see? It’s a question that perhaps is best answered in two stages – first, by examining how inmates are processed through jail (and what will […]

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Take A Train Ride Down Memory Lane with the Hermann Park Train

Posted on · Hermann Park will be celebrating its Centennial next year. Philanthropist George Hermann donated the park to the city of Houston in 1914. The park has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, with the addition of many features including the Hermann Park Railroad. For many Houstonians, the train is a beloved part of their memories. […]

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s Around the Holidays

Posted on · The holidays can be a trying time for those with Alzheimer’s and for those taking care of them. We find out about some research being conducted here in Houston designed to help decelerate memory loss from Rebecca Axline, supervisory clinical social worker at Houston Methodist’s Nantz National Alzheimer Center and Jokubas Ziburkus, Neuroscientist at the University of Houston.