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Students at Lyons Elementary school pass by logos for major universities on their way to lunch in this archive photo.
Courtesy of Houston ISD

For 40 years, Robin Stauffer has taught high school English in seven different school districts in three different states. Most recently, Advanced Placement English in Katy, where she says working with kids has kept her young and lighthearted.

11 Houston Hospital Workers Self-Quarantined After Contact With COVID-19 Patient

Mar 8, 2020
Memorial Herman Hospital
Macie Kelly / Houston Public Media

Eleven healthcare workers at Houston's Memorial Hermann are under self-quarantine for 14 days after learning they were in direct contact with a patient who later tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital announced Saturday. 

More Than 300 Pregnant Teens In Texas Foster Care, Report Says

Feb 11, 2020
Texas Family Services Sign
Lucio Vasquez / Houston Public Media

Harris County had the second-highest number of pregnant teens in the Texas foster care system in fiscal year 2019, according to a new report.

Once A Rural Problem, Feral Hogs Are Now Encroaching On Houston's Suburbs

Feb 10, 2020
ferel hogs in a trailer
Robert Burns / Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Feral hogs have long been a problem in rural parts of Texas. But now, researchers say they’re increasingly entering urban areas across the state — including Houston’s suburbs — damaging property and raising public health concerns.

Houston-Area Teen Inspires Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Hair Discrimination

Feb 10, 2020
Texas Rep. Ron Reynolds holds a press conference announcing legislation to prevent hair discrimination.
Courtesy of Rep. Ron Reynolds

Two state lawmakers plan to file a bill during the next legislative session to ban discrimination against black hair in Texas, after a black Houston-area student said he was singled out by school officials over his dreadlocks.

Coronavirus Screenings Coming To Dallas, Houston And El Paso

Jan 28, 2020
CDC Quarantine Station Map
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Several Texas airports will soon begin screening certain travelers for a novel form of coronavirus, as public health officials rush to contain a deadly outbreak that so far has been mostly limited to China. 

Small Businesses Damaged By Harvey Can Now Apply For Grants

Dec 28, 2019
Dan Slane
Florian Martin / Houston Public Media

Small businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey could receive between $50,000 and $250,000 in federal grants, thanks to a disaster relief program that was just launched.

Without a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, coral reefs throughout the Gulf of Mexico are likely to face widespread bleaching and collapse by the end of the century, according to a new report from several research universities.

New Website Offers Local Governments Strategies To Mitigate Gentrification In Texas

Dec 10, 2019
Florian Martin / Houston Public Media

Gentrification — the displacement of traditional inner-city communities because of new development in an area — is a growing issue in Texas’ major cities, including Houston.

Can A Candidate With A Felony Conviction Stay On The Ballot In Houston?

Nov 27, 2019
A rally outside Houston City Hall.
Jen Rice / Houston Public Media

When Cynthia Bailey made the runoff for the Houston City Council District B race, no one was more surprised than she was.

“I went to bed in third,” Bailey said. “But when I woke up, I was in second. I said, ‘Oh, Lord.’ I got so excited. And I knew then that, hey, these people really care, and they really know the work that I do, that it speaks for itself.”

Britany Miller said that she's tried at multiple charter schools to get her son Nicholas Davis, 13, the support he needs. Nicholas was diagnosed with ADHD and depression in elementary school.
Laura Isensee / Houston Public Media

Twice, Britany Miller has asked for special education services and accommodations at two different Houston-area charter schools for her son, Nicholas Davis, who struggles with depression and an attention disorder. 

Claire Harbage / NPR

The Texas Newsroom, a first-of-its-kind public radio journalism hub, has selected its first statewide managing editor: Mark Memmott.