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Book Celebrates 50 Years of the Rockets

Posted on · The Rockets are celebrating their 50th season, and our regular sports contributor Jeff Balke was involved in writing a comprehensive historical overview of the team. It’s called Celebrating 50 Seasons: the Official History of the Houston Rockets, and Jeff’s focus was on the 1990s to the present, which includes the team’s back-to-back NBA titles. Michael […]

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Political Roundup and Rockets Turn 50: Wednesday’s Show (February 8, 2017)

Posted on · From President Trump’s cabinet appointees being confirmed (one requiring a tie-breaking vote in the Senate from the Vice President), to the Texas Senate beginning action on Gov. Abbott’s emergency items, including a preliminary vote Tuesday on a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” on this edition of Houston Matters we break down recent political news […]

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Repeat DWIs and Fracking Wastewater: Monday’s Show (October 24, 2016)

Posted on · We’ve previously discussed on our program how pervasive drunk driving is in Harris County and ways in which law enforcement and courts are trying to crack down. But what do we do about repeat DWI offenders?Those who, after initial interactions with law enforcement and the court system and despite whatever punishments are handed down, drink […]

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Into Hibernation: Why the Man Behind Clutch the Rockets’ Bear is Stepping Away

Posted on · If you’ve been to a Houston Rockets game, you probably know Clutch, the team’s Rockets-jersey-wearing bear mascot, known for in-game stunts, skits – and the occasional pie in the face of a supposed fan of the opposing team. But what you might not know is that it’s been the same man inside the Clutch suit for […]

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Will Rockets’ Trade of Donatas Motiejunas Actually Go Through?

Posted on · The Houston Rockets traded Donatas Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons before last week’s NBA trade deadline. Except, maybe they didn’t. D-Mo’s been out with a sore back, and, according to Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, the NBA granted Detroit an extension to complete the trade until today (Feb. 22. 2016) at 5 p.m. CT. We discuss this […]

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Texans Fall to Dolphins and Houston Rockets Season Preview

Posted on · The Houston Texans lost to the Dolphins Sunday (Oct. 25, 2015) in Miami by a score of 44-26, dropping their record to 2-5. And on Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015), the Houston Rockets kick off the 2015-2016 regular season at home against the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets look to improve on last year’s trip to the […]

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Electricity, Forgiveness, and Ask the Dentist: Monday’s Show (October 26, 2015)

Posted on · A new report from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power says complaints filed with regulators about electric companies and utilities fell to their lowest point since Texas deregulated its power market in 2002. But long-term data show consumers complain more than they did before the market was deregulated. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Reviewing the 2014-2015 Houston Rockets Season

Posted on · The Houston Rockets postseason run ended last week at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets surprised many by making it to the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but ultimately they had no answer for Steph Curry and the Warriors, who take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals starting Thursday. […]

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Sex Offender Management, Higher Ed Issues, and Pet Care: Monday’s show (March 9, 2015)

Posted on · The state agency responsible for supervising, monitoring and providing treatment for the most violent sex offenders in the state is undergoing some sweeping changes. Among the problems faced by the recently revamped Office of Violent Sex Offender Management: a shortage of housing for sex offenders released from prison and a perception that the state’s civil commitment program […]

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Sports Monday: Astros’ Moves and Harden for MVP?

Posted on · The Houston Astros made a flurry of moves in recent days, reshaping their major league roster, but failed to land a free agent pitcher who seemed poised to sign, but backed out for reasons still unclear. The Houston Rockets won three of four last week, despite an injury to Dwight Howard, as James Harden continued […]

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End of Year Tax Advice and Domestic Violence & Pro Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Posted on · Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. The meeting examined policies regarding domestic violence in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Committee members say the problem has come into focus since a video surfaced of pro-football player Ray Rice striking […]

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Thanksgiving Travel and Cooking: Houston Matters for Monday, November 24, 2014

Posted on · Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving at home or plan to hit the road this week to visit family or friends, we have you covered on today’s Houston Matters: We discuss the rules of the road, developments at Houston’s airports, and Houston chefs will offer advice for preparing Thanksgiving dinner. AAA Texas anticipates some 3.6 million Texans […]