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.
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.
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.
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Hurricane Katrina evacuees sit on makeshift beds on the Astrodome's floor on Sept. 9, 2005. The stadium sheltered thousands of people fleeing from the devastation in New Orleans.
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Grass is replaced with Astroturf in 1966. The grass that was originally used dried out under the dome.
Billie Jean King plays in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973. King went on to beat Riggs in the highly watched match.
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President George H.W. Bush addresses the crowd as he stands with his family on the podium at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 19, 1992.
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Rows of dirty, tattered seats ring the Astrodome in Houston in 2012. Once touted as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the nation's first domed stadium was last used in 2009.
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Guy V. Lewis, University of Houston basketball coach, is carried to the dressing room by happy fans after the Cougars' upset win over UCLA in an NCAA college basketball game at the dome on Jan. 20, 1968. The game was known as college basketball's "Game of the Century."
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The West's Karl Malone (left) goes eyeball to eyeball with the East's Michael Jordan while Akeem Olajuwon looks down on the scene in the second half of the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 2, 1989.
View of the Astrodome from above in 1968. Earlier this year, The New York Times wrote that the Astrodome "gave us domed, all-purpose stadiums and artificial turf and expansive scoreboards." The dome went on to host a variety of sports events, large concerts and a political convention.
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The Astrodome is illuminated on Tuesday. Voters in Houston rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend to turn the stadium into one very large convention and exhibition hall. The building is likely to be razed.
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The sign tells the story: Houston's Astrodome on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
In the last election cycle candidates on all sides were talking about "closing tax loopholes," but not many came forward with specific targets. Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has discovered a tax loophole that saves golf courses around the state millions of dollars, but his efforts to close it may cost him his next round at River Oaks Country Club.
Just as the first round of results are posted, the 83rd Texas Legislature will be considering streamlining standardized testing. Of those state legislators with bills addressing the issue is Rep. Mike Villareal, D-San Antonio, but the reform push is being supported by both sides of the isle.
Last spring, students in Houston took a brand new standardized exam, the STAAR. The state plans to release the grades for thousands of students later today. But the whole testing system could get an overhaul from the Texas Legislature this session, as Laura Isensee reports from the KUHF Education Desk.