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Prisons, Queso and Pints: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 17, 2016

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education. The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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Why Are There Gaps in Information About Officer-Involved Shootings?

Posted on · The Texas Tribune just released results from a yearlong investigation into data about police shootings from departments in the state’s 36 largest cities. That data indicates there were 656 incidents of officer-involved shootings in those cities between 2010 and 2015. But that may be an incomplete picture. We find out why the total number of […]

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Why is Prison Spending Outpacing Education Spending in Texas?

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education.  The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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Campus Carry Law Takes Effect Monday, University of Houston Prepares

Posted on · The state’s new campus carry law takes effect Monday (Aug. 1, 2016). Campuses across Texas have been preparing by establishing their own rules and policies as dictated by the new law. Privately owned colleges can opt out, but public colleges and universities must comply. We hear from Marcilynn Burke, chair of the University of Houston’s campus […]

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How Does Black Lives Matter Compare to Other Movements?

Posted on · Social activist and philosopher Dr. Cornel West will speak at the University of Houston Downtown on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. He’ll discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and race relations in America today. In conjunction with that event, we learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement — both nationally and in Houston […]

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Racial Opportunity Divide, Political Roundtable, and Houston Dynamo: Houston Matters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]