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Houston Matters for Friday, August 16, 2013

Posted on · Retailers in Texas encourage Governor Perry to veto a Texas version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bad actors in the energy industry do environmental harm that might possibly have been avoided in a state with more stringent regulations. In general, business is booming in Texas – especially here in Houston – but does […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 15, 2013

Posted on · Starting next month, the “Move Over/Slow Down” law on Texas roads will apply to TXDOT crews as well as police, emergency responders, and tow trucks. It’s one of many traffic laws that, sadly, too many drivers seem to ignore. We’ll welcome your examples of common sense traffic laws – and driving habits – we should […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 9, 2013

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has passed, and Governor Perry has signed, a law which would require some Texans seeking unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. There are numerous questions about the law, including exactly who it covers, in which occupations, whether the state should actually have the right to require such testing, and whether it […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Posted on · Major League Baseball this week suspended New York Yankees third baseman – and former Texas Ranger – Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his alleged repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs, and for obstructing baseball’s probe into the Biogenesis of America Anti-Aging Clinic. “A-Rod” continues to play and is appealing the suspension, while thirteen other players, including […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 2, 2013

Posted on · Many Houston area neighborhoods have developed their own special identity. But neighborhoods change over time, and what defined a neighborhood years ago may not define it today. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider how the personality of one such Houston neighborhood – Montrose – has changed in recent years. Also, on the heels of […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 1, 2013

Posted on · In recent days, labor and community groups have rallied in Houston and across the nation, calling for a minimum wage hike, and encouraging employers to voluntarily pay their employees more. Texas has more minimum wage workers than any other state, and the 2nd-highest percentage of hourly paid workers making the minimum wage or less. Here […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 26, 2013

Posted on · The cover story of next month’s edition of Houstonia Magazine deals with the longstanding rivalry between Houston and Dallas. According to Houstonia’s editors, the competition is over, and Houston won. But we suspect folks in Dallas might feel a bit differently about that. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the Houston/Dallas rivalry – or […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 19, 2013

Posted on · More demonstrations are planned here in Houston this weekend, in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The shooting and the ensuing criminal trial certainly captured Americans’ attention. There have been demonstrations nationwide similar to the ones that have taken place this week here in Houston. Now […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 12, 2013

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week here in Texas. In politics, Governor Perry’s announced he will not seek another term in office. In a second special session, the Texas House has passed a bill limiting abortion. Here in Houston, we await the official arrival of NBA star Dwight Howard, as the newest Houston Rocket. And there’s a new planned theme park […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, July 5, 2013

Posted on · Throughout this Independence Day weekend edition of Houston Matters, we’ll introduce you to Houston-area residents who tell their families’ immigration stories. We’ll meet Azael Resendiz, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico back in the mid-1990s, when he was just 10 years old. We’ll hear from Maria Honey, whose family came to the U.S. […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 28, 2013

Posted on · The Supreme Court’s spring session ended with a bang. The High Court issued dramatic rulings on several highly anticipated cases involving civil rights, some originating here in Texas, and all with implications for Houstonians. The Court struck down DOMA, and instructed a lower court to dismiss a challenge to a ruling striking down Prop 8 […]

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Houston Matters For Friday, June 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore why Texas leads the way in executions, and what it says about us. Also, the energy industry is a key component of Houston’s economy. We’ll talk with author Michael Leviabout his new book The Power Surge, which calls for a “most of the above” approach to America’s energy policy. Plus, an Astrodome update, and a […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 14, 2013

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses all […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted on · Houston welcomes U.S. and Irish rugby teams to town this weekend, for a game that’s bound to be filled with scrums, knock-ons, mulligrubbers and falcons. Any idea what any of that means? Producer Edel Howlin visited with the Irish squad, and will share a little rugby 101 during today’s Houston Matters. Under the Voting Rights […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, May 31, 2013

Posted on · Houstonians new and old need to prepare for hurricane season, which starts Saturday and continues through November. On Houston Matters, we discuss what you should know – and how you should prepare – in advance of the season, with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and FEMA’s Patty Mancha. Listeners also ask questions about hurricanes and other weather phenomena for […]