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2009-05-12 21:40:17

Doctors in the Houston area say the power outage that followed Hurricane Ike last year seems to have led to a miniature baby boom. Dr. John Irwin, president of Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, told the Houston Chronicle he has 26 deliveries scheduled for June, a month in which he normally delivers 15 to 20 babies. Other doctors in his practice have seen a similar rise in numbers, he said. Ike hit the Gulf Coast of Texas Sept. 12, with the eye making landfall on Galveston Island early...

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2009-04-10 07:15:00

Faced with decreasing donations and increasing operating costs, the charity wing of the Shriners organization is being forced to consider closing almost a fourth of their of their children's hospitals across North America. Given their increasingly dire financial situation, the group's director says they may have no choice in the matter. Officials say that the organization has had to divert about a million dollars daily from their endowment fund just to compensate for their hospitals' budget...

2009-03-10 06:00:00

New park boasts experiences and technology never encountered in the Midwest KANSAS CITY, Kan., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Be the first to make history and dive in to a thrilling new collection of water fun when the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., opens for its inaugural season this summer. The first phase of the new Waterpark overflows with 16 signature Schlitterbahn attractions encompassing 24 slides and chutes. (Photo:...

2009-02-17 06:00:00

New and improved waterpark opens Indoor area Saturday, March 14 and joins other Galveston Island attractions and hotels in welcoming spring break visitors GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- After months of scrubbing, cleaning, enhancing and rebuilding, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is ready to welcome spring break visitors to the indoor waterpark area beginning Saturday, March 14th. "The park looks better than brand new, I'm really proud of what our team...

2009-01-21 19:42:23

A contractor in Galveston County, Texas, said he discovered a box full of valuables while clearing hurricane debris from a state park. Michael Pate, 43, said he was working Jan. 7 at Galveston Island State Park when he discovered a green steel U.S. Army ammunition canister on a beach about 100 to 150 feet from the water, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported Wednesday. It was heavy, and I said, 'This thing is full of sand,' Pate said. I shook the sand off and opened it up. It was...

2009-01-05 07:25:00

GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coast on September 5, 2008, and thousands of residents from Galveston and surrounding cities are still without shelter. With the help of the employees at Equal Health, some of the residents now living in tents will be able to stay warm in the coming winter nights. On November 29, Brady Spears, Equal Health CEO and former Galveston resident, personally delivered 50 heaters to the displaced families still...

2008-12-09 19:33:09

Hurricane Ike reconfirmed one Texas researcher's idea: Interfering with Galveston Island's natural elevation hurts the island's sand dunes and marsh flora. Ike reconfirmed the basic idea I've had for several years, Rusty Feagin, ecosystem scientist with Texas AgriLife Research at Texas A&M University, said in a news release. The plants on sand dunes and in marshes build an island's elevation, so we shouldn't compromise that. When comparing pre- and post-Ike marshes, Feagin said he found...

2008-10-14 15:15:00

Hospital officials in Galveston, Texas, say Jennifer Hernandez Ramirez became the first baby born on the island since Hurricane Ike hit. The 7-pound, 8-ounce Jennifer was one of six babies born Monday by Caesarean section at the obstetrics branch of John Sealy Hospital, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported Tuesday. The 15-bed maternity unit, which had been forced to close after last month's storm, was reopened Monday to care for high-risk pregnancies, the Daily News reported. The six...

2008-10-14 15:15:00

Galveston, Texas, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says she's hoping the U.S. Postal Service will soon reopen the hurricane-ravaged city's downtown post office. Saying Galveston Island businesses in particular rely on the downtown facility, Thomas Monday pleaded with U.S. Postmaster General John Potter to reopen the post office damaged last month by Hurricane Ike, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported. "This is a real hardship," Thomas said. "Some of our people have no transportation." The...

2008-10-10 18:00:14

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a cleanup effort referred to as "10-4," more than 390 Lutherans from the Houston area readied themselves with rubber gloves, paint masks and sack lunches to help clean up hurricane-damaged homes and churches in Galveston, Oct. 4. Information about the Lutherans' Galveston clean up effort is at http://www.futurewithhope.org/ on the Web. When Galveston reopened Sept. 26 after Hurricane Ike struck the island, "we visited our churches and neighborhoods and...