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NPR Story
2:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Houston Ship Channel Expected To Reopen

The Coast Guard could soon reopen the Houston Ship Channel that was the scene of an oil spill over the weekend.

The channel is one of the nation’s busiest seaports. Coast Guard Warrant Officer Kimberly Smith says the goal is to reopen part of it sometime Monday. The closure has forced more than 80 ships to wait to enter or leave the bay.

Smith says officials are still trying to determine how much oil spilled Saturday, when a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons collided with a ship. Authorities initially said as much as a fifth of the barge’s cargo spilled.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Houston Police Find 109 People In Suspected 'Stash House'

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:29 pm

Police in Houston on Wednesday found more than 100 people being kept by suspected smugglers in a so-called "stash house."

KHOU-TV reports that the conditions inside the house were "awful." The station adds:

"'There is no hot water in the house. There is a toilet that partially works—one bathroom for in excess of 100 people,' said HPD spokesman John Cannon.

"Police said there was human waste all over the house.

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Arts & Culture
4:13 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 7:50 pm

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The Source - November 25, 2013
11:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

The Source: Combating Wage Theft In Texas

Providence Public Library (flickr.com)

Last week the City of Houston adopted a strict ordinance that will disqualify businesses found guilty of criminal wage theft from city contracts or from operating in the city.  Officials have said criminal convictions rare in these instances, but the city contends it makes a powerful statement.

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Education
9:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Houston Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top Colleges

A whiteboard detailing college admission strategy at Emerge, a program in Houston, Tex., that encourages low-income, high-achieving students to apply to elite colleges. (Laura Isensee/KUHF)

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:08 pm

Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don’t apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.

With high tuition costs at these elite schools, many students and their families shy away from applying — even though financial aid options can drastically reduce the costs, or even let students attend for free.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF reports on a program in Houston that’s trying to change that.

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Historic Preservation
9:05 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Astrodoomed? Famed Houston Stadium May Fall To Wrecking Ball

An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:46 pm

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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11:05 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Just What, Exactly, Is The NFL's Concussion Protocol? And What Does It Mean For Kids?

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Concussions and their role in long-term brain damage have been the biggest storyline in football and other athletics over the past few years. The discussion reaches from the NFL's recent $765 million settlement with former players to concerns about the safety of kids on practice fields across the country acting out their dreams of being NFL stars. All the attention has led to the league's "concussion protocol," a term every football fan is now familiar with, but what is it?
What Does The NFL Concussion Protocol Mean For Andre Johnson? September 17, 2013 Andre Johnson was 1 of at least 4 players in the NFL who suffered concussions in the second week of play. Dr. Ken Podell is co-director of the Methodist Concussion Center here in Houston.
Texas 2020
2:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

In Houston, America's Diverse Future Has Already Arrived

Glenda Joe, a seventh-generation Chinese-Houstonian.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:16 am

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
1:55 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Recruiter Accused of Sending Thousands of Sexting Messages to High School Students

Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez.
U.S. Air Force

An Air Force recruiter from the Houston area is being tried at a court-martial in San Antonio today. The recruiter faces charges of sexual misconduct with a dozen women, many of whom were high school students seeking careers in the Air Force.

Tech Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez is charged with sex crimes against 12 Air Force applicants and a recruiter assistant.

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Community
11:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

San Antonio Firefighters Help Houston Brethren Through Difficult Day

Firefighters join together to remember the four who died Friday, May 31, 2013
Houston Fire Museum

The San Antonio Fire Department is showing its support for their brother and sister firefighters in Houston.

Today 150 off duty San Antonio firefighters are standing watch over Houston so that firefighters who want to attend the public memorial service for the four fighters who died Friday are able to do so.

It was the highest single day death total in the history of the Houston Fire Department.

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