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How Do ICE Agents Decide Whom to Arrest — and Why?

Posted on · During the week of April 17, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made 95 arrests during a five-day sweep in Houston. Most of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. Some did not. The focus of such occasional raids seems to primarily focus on dangerous criminals, but who draws that line? Today, we learn how such […]

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Does the HPD Oversight Board Do Enough?

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn’t have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. We talk with one of the members of the oversight board, Philip Hilder, a white-collar criminal […]

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When Will the Little Guys Get Their Share of the BP Settlement?

Posted on · It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill, which devastated several state coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico. Last month, a federal judge approved a more than $20 billion settlement between BP and plaintiffs, including the federal government, Texas, four other Gulf Coast states and hundreds of local municipalities. That settlement includes […]

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Tort Claims Act: Law Limits How Much You Can Sue the Government For

Posted on · A couple weeks back, KTRK reported on a Houston man, Andrew Henderson, who was hit by a car last month while riding his bicycle. Sadly, that’s not an unusual occurrence in Houston. What was unusual was who hit him – a Harris County Deputy Constable, who in responding to a call apparently ignored a stop […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Houston’s Credit Rating, Renaming Dowling Street and Carli Lloyd: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Houston’s pension problems affecting the city’s credit rating, to a call to rename Houston’s Dowling Street, to Houston Dash player Carli Lloyd shining during the FIFA Women’s World Cup: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for […]

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Battle Over State v. Local Control Traces All the Way Back to the Magna Carta

Posted on · We’ve seen friction lately between local leaders and the State of Texas over regulatory authority to address issues like non-discrimination and app-based paid ride services. When Houston Mayor Annise Parker appeared on Houston Matters last month, she said a series of what she called “pre-emption bills” represented a shift in thinking in Austin. Stephen Koch […]

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What Are Your Rights at Work Regarding Taking Time off For Pregnancies or Medical Issues?

Posted on · Last month the Supreme Court heard a case, Young v. United Parcel Service, where the court ruled in favor of a pregnant delivery woman who’d requested accommodation for her workday. The court ended up agreeing, saying her pregnancy put her in a “protected class,” and that as long as other workers who were injured were […]

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The Life of a Public Defender in Houston

Posted on · It’s the job of a public defender to represent Houstonians who can’t afford to hire their own attorney. In other cities, it is often an under-resourced role. But the Harris County Public Defender’s Office was created in conjunction with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, and until recently was funded by that commission. We talk with three […]