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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013

Posted on · Invariably, when given the opportunity to complain about things we don’t like so much about Houston, the topic turns to transportation – too much traffic, not enough mass transit – and, way, way too many potholes. So many people travel on Greater Houston roadways each day, it’s probably not surprising we have potholes, and cracks […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 16, 2013

Posted on · Houston is a city constantly in flux, redefining itself, rethinking itself. In a community and – let’s face it – a society constantly on the move, we can sometimes lose historical and cultural experiences along the way. From Astroworld’s carousel (left) to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store, from homes and offices to hotels, stores, and […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 15, 2013

Posted on · Flu season is underway. Each year, around this time, we’re all encouraged to get our flu shots, and we learn about whatever strains of the influenza virus may be affecting Houston and the rest of the nation. But some in the medical community are concerned that events in Washington might be shaking up this year’s flu […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 14, 2013

Posted on · You may well know the name of Houston’s mayor. You may know the name of one of the candidates running against her in next month’s election. But odds are very good you don’t know all nine. Yes – you read that right – there are nine people on the ballot running for mayor. And we […]

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Houston Matters for Fri., Oct. 11, 2013

Posted on · A pair of Houston area McDonald’s restaurants in recent weeks have displayed signs encouraging customers to pull up their pants. It got us thinking: How do Houstonians feel about dress codes? We know some schools employ uniforms, some swanky restaurants may require jackets, many offices prefer business casual attire, but may dress down on Fridays. […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 10, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning lawmakers that unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by next Thursday, he cannot promise any payments to anyone, including social security recipients and U.S. bondholders. What was once seen by many as a rubber stamp vote in Congress has become a line in the sand for some Tea Party-backed Congressional […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 9, 2013

Posted on · Science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – majors can lead to high-paying jobs, especially in Houston where many industries rely on people with that knowledge. And yet, there are some disparities when it comes to which students participate in such STEM programs. According to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, African-Americans […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 8, 2013

Posted on · A new Frontline documentary exploring the NFL’s concussion crisis premieres Tuesday night. League of Denial examines the impact concussion-related brain disease has had on former players, and what the National Football League is – or is not – doing about it. As we learn more about concussions and their effects, more parents are choosing not to […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 7, 2013

Posted on · Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the nation, and Houston is no exception. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 28 percent of deaths in the Houston area are related to cardiovascular disease. We talk with some area cardiologists about new research on heart disease and what you can do to better […]

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Houston Matters for Fri., Oct. 4, 2013

Posted on · While we’re a month away from a local election, including a mayoral race, many political eyes are transfixed on Election Day 2014. That’s when a gubernatorial election will be held to replace incumbent Rick Perry, who previously announced he will not seek another term in office. The plot thickened Thursday, when State Senator Wendy Davis […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013

Posted on · We have a complex relationship, at times, with what books we use, and how we use them, in public education here in Texas.  We have been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably, back in 2009, new standards were created to include critical statements about […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]

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Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Posted on · The city of Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation. And our growing economy continues to draw new, young talent to the region – and specifically, to the workplace. They’re arriving as a looming population of older workers is nearing retirement. The result – a generation gap at work. Those older workers have […]

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Houston Matters for Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Posted on · In the latest KUHF-KHOU 11 News Election Poll, more than 88 percent of respondents said the state of Texas should pass a law banning texting while driving. And no wonder – texting and other activities on smart phones are becoming more and more a part of our lives. Houstonians text, e-mail and IM during meetings, […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Posted on · Houston has as large a Spanish-speaking population as any city in the United States. Larger than most, in fact. As a result, many Houstonians speak both English and Spanish. But some only speak English. And some only speak Spanish. Should English speaking Houstonians make more of an effort to learn Spanish? Should Spanish speaking Houstonians […]