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Houston School District Reveals New Mascots To Replace Insensitive Names

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District Tuesday announced new mascots for four schools that previously had mascots with Native American or historically insensitive ties. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee tells us what the new mascots will be and about the process that determined them.

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Houston Heat, Epilepsy & Magnolia City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District Tuesday announced new mascots for four schools that previously had mascots with Native American or historically insensitive ties. On today’s Houston Matters: News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee tells us what the new mascots will be and about the process that determined them. Then: Whether it’s felt like it or […]

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Is Big Texas Hair Still a Thing?

Posted on · The notion of “Texas hair” has always been one thing: It’s big. So much was the case that Former Texas Governor Ann Richards declared an official Texas Big Hair Day in 1993. But is Texas hair still a thing? We’ll discuss how the notion of Texas hair is changing. More: How to Do Big Hair […]

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Organization Working to Prevent Child Abuse in Houston

Posted on · April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We discuss the latest efforts to raise awareness of — and prevent — child abuse in Greater Houston. We hear from Trish King, executive director of ChildBuilders and Jessica Middleton, a sexual abuse survivor, who speaks about her personal experiences and how ChildBuilders is helping ensure children do […]

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Could Wind Energy Ever Replace Fossil Fuels in Texas?

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, leading up to Earth Day, Houston Matters is exploring efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, Today we talk about developments in wind energy. It’s something some heavy hitters in the oil and gas industry have pursued over the years. (Perhaps most notably T. Boone […]

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Wind Energy, Child Abuse Prevention & Texas Hair: Houston Matters for Tues., April 15, 2014

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, leading up to Earth Day, Houston Matters is exploring efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, Today on Houston Matters we talk about developments in wind energy. It’s something some heavy hitters in the oil and gas industry have pursued over the years. (Perhaps most […]

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What’s the Proper Ethics for Houston’s Many Parent Bloggers?

Posted on · A blogging conference coming up later this year is inviting Houston's bloggers to discuss how to turn a blog from a hobby into a business. Organizers of Blog Elevated say last year's conference drew an overwhelming number of parent bloggers. These are moms and dads who chronicle their family life, share tips and advice, and […]

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Organization Combats Some 57 Hate Groups in Texas

Posted on · Yesterday, three people were fatally shot at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City. The suspect is due in court today to face murder charges. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, says Frazier Glenn Cross was once the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Earlier this year, […]

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Is It Possible to Live Without a Car in Houston?

Posted on · Is it possible to live in Houston without a car? With the new car-sharing service Zipcar arriving in Houston, and the growth of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, we explore the challenges and benefits of living without a car in Houston. We talk with two residents who’ve been living car-free for a year or […]

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Living Without a Car in Houston & Parent Blogging: Houston Matters for Monday, April 14, 2014

Posted on · Is it possible to live in Houston without a car? With the new car-sharing service Zipcar arriving in Houston, and the growth of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, we explore the challenges and benefits of living without a car in Houston. We talk with two residents who’ve been living car-free for a year or […]

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Earth Day Houston: Small Changes Make a Big Impact

Posted on · Earth Day Houston takes place Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at Discovery Green. The free event is a celebration of the environment and environmental education. The event focuses on the merits of mindful, sustainable living while educating and encouraging Houstonians to preserve, conserve and enhance our city and the Earth.

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Teachers Cheating and The Astros Get a Zero Rating: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From recognition of online transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s office, to HISD’s findings in an investigation into cheating by teachers on high-stakes testing, to a recent Houston Astros’ TV broadcast garnering a 0.0 rating, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of Houston news, with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” Joining us today: […]