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Houston’s Pension Bill, and Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Fahrenthold: Tuesday’s Show (April 18, 2017)

Posted on · There was a lot of hand-wringing last year when the major investment services downgraded the City of Houston’s credit rating, citing growing unfunded pension liabilities as a major reason for the move. Well, a year later, Mayor Sylvester Turner has secured an agreement with two of the city’s three classifications of city workers – municipal […]

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‘Sandra Bland’ Bill Aims to Protect Minorities in Police Interactions

Posted on · (Above: Sandra Bland’s booking photo at the Waller County Jail from July 2015. Photo: Waller County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat, has introduced House Bill 2702 at the Texas Legislature, what many are calling the “Sandra Bland bill.” It aims to protect minorities and the mentally ill during interactions […]

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Chokehold: Is There a Difference in Criminal Justice When Policing Black Men?

Posted on · Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler, in advance of his lecture Thursday night (Feb. 16, 2017) at the University of Houston Law Center. Butler, a former federal prosecutor, has written and spoken extensively on criminal justice and race relations, including in his 2009 book Let’s Get Free: A Hip […]

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New Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Discusses Law Enforcement Issues

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Art Acevedo as Houston’s new police chief in November. Chief Acevedo has spent over 30 years with law enforcement, including 20 with the California Highway Patrol and most recently ten on Austin’s police force. Now he has become the chief of the country’s fifth-largest police force. Acevedo faces numerous challenges at the […]