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Maintenance for flood control projects to face delays as Harris County agency deals with a smaller budget

Posted on · Regular maintenance is critical for flood mitigation projects to work as they’re supposed to. But the Harris County Flood Control District’s maintenance budget isn’t keeping pace with its growing portfolio of projects.

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Police

Do Houston police officers have enough regard for pedestrians?

Posted on · Houston Police Department officers struck and killed three pedestrians during the last month. According to those involved in police oversight, that should be cause for departmental policy and training reviews.

Houston Matters

How the EPA regulates refineries (Jan. 30, 2023)

Posted on · On Monday's show: A new report claims the EPA and state agencies are failing to regulate refineries, allowing them to dump toxic chemicals and metals into waterways -- with the top four worst offenders being in Texas.

Former Executive Editor of the New York times, Former Editor in Chief of the Marshall Project and author of What's Prison For? , Bill Keller.

I SEE U

I SEE U, Episode 72: Prisons: A Colossal Waste of Human Potential

Posted on · Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller stresses rehabilitation over punishment for U.S. prisons and argues that doing nothing to reform the current system feeds a continued cycle of crime, community dysfunction, poverty and hopelessness.

Education

Texas Education Agency denies reapproval for Houston special education school Avondale House, adding strain to underfunded system

Posted on · A letter from TEA asserted that the agency’s monitoring revealed several problematic incidents, including “multiple instances of corporal punishment and/or threat of corporal punishment,” “use of force beyond what is reasonable and necessary, and restraints that do not protect the health and safety of the student, including one known restraint incident that resulted in physical injury.”

Houston Matters

Working past retirement age (Jan. 26, 2023)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We discuss why some older Houstonians keep working long past the traditional retirement age. And new revelations about the siege on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco 30 years ago come to light in a new book.