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Houston Pet Peeves, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal: Friday’s Show (May 26, 2017)

Posted on · Every couple of months, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your Houston pet peeve, that one thing that sticks […]

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Comedy Concert Benefits Veterans and Their Service Dogs

Posted on · Some things in this world are incredibly complicated. Others are simple. Take military veterans and mental health. We don’t always know when a veteran is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some seek out help from the V.A. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) only to experience delays. Some struggle so much they end up homeless. Others […]

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Office for New Americans, and Your Year-End Tax Questions: Tuesday (December 20, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Dec. 12, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was creating an Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston. Mayor Turner said goal is to “improve access to city services for all Houstonians.” And the mayor said the office will work as an information source for Houston’s large immigrant […]

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Helping Firefighters Extinguish Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on · A new report released last week by the International Association of Fire Fighters says firefighters and paramedics experience post-traumatic stress disorder at rates comparable to combat veterans. To learn why PTSD is so prevalent in the firefighting community, we talk with Houston Fire Department staff psychologist Dr. Jana Tran. She worked at the Houston VA for five […]

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Ozone Standards Follow-up and Championship Quidditch: Thursday’s Show (August 25, 2016)

Posted on · Yeah. You’re looking at a Quidditch match above. More about that below. First, on Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies […]

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Houston Veterans Talk About Changing Opinions Regarding Military Service

Posted on · In 2011, Pew Research Center found that “only one half of one percent of the U.S. population has been on active military duty at any given time during the past decade of sustained warfare.” This is most noticeable when you start looking at the generational breakdown of our population. In March, Pew released their most […]

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Social Security, Solar Energy, and Ulysses (Yes, Really): Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Posted on · Texas Congressman Kevin Brady wants to change a long-standing provision of Social Security to provide more benefits to some public sector employees who work second jobs. He’s pushing for passage of a bill called The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act to repeal and replace the Windfall Elimination Provision first passed back in the 1980s. On […]

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New Court Will Hear Cases Involving Vets Whose Alleged Crimes May Stem from Combat-Related Trauma

Posted on · Starting next month, a new veterans court in Harris County will hear misdemeanor cases involving veterans accused of criminal behavior that may stem from combat-related trauma. We learn more from Trina Willis, Harris County Specialty Courts Program Manager.

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Pit Bull Rescue Launches Therapy Program to Save Dogs and Heal Veterans

Posted on · Houston’s pit bull rescue is launching a new program to train rescued pit bulls as service dogs for military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Organizers say Operation Pits Healing Heroes is designed to save the lives of pit bulls while helping veterans cope with PTSD. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin reports.