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State Legislative Update: Monday’s Show (May 11, 2015)

There’s less than a month remaining in the 84th Texas legislative session. Lawmakers have introduced and debated a number of bills. Some are bound for passage and approval by the governor; others may be languishing in a committee, if given consideration at all. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the moments — and the […]

There’s less than a month remaining in the 84th Texas legislative session. Lawmakers have introduced and debated a number of bills. Some are bound for passage and approval by the governor; others may be languishing in a committee, if given consideration at all. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the moments — and the bills — that have defined the session thus far, what may yet be accomplished in Austin in these final weeks and what it all means for us here in Houston. We welcome your questions for state political reporter Ben Philpott from NPR member station KUT in Austin.

Also this hour: The annual Energy Security Council conference kicks off in the Woodlands today. The event will focus on security for the oil, gas, electricity, power, pipeline, transmission and service sectors. Then, on Wednesday, leading cyber security analysts will gather for the Secure World conference in Westchase. There’s also the annual Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit in the Energy Corridor coming up next month. Sounds like a lot of activity in the city surrounding cyber security. There’s a reason. Rigzone estimates “the oil and gas industry…faces cyber attacks at an average rate of 2.4 million times per week.” We find out what steps have been taken to protect Houston-based oil and gas companies from some recent higher-profile cyber attacks, including “Shamoon,” “Crouching Yeti,” and “Energetic Bear.”

Then: We learn about major expansion projects for two Houston area museums, as we talk with the directors of The Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston about the future of their respective institutions, and we ask Raj Mankad, editor of Cite Magazine, how these projects fit into Houston’s museum scene.

Plus: With the Rockets in the NBA playoffs, and the Houston Astros off to a hot start, it may be easy for casual sports fans in Houston to forget the MLS season is now well underway. We talk with Chris Canetti, President of the Houston Dynamo, about recent developments for the popular pro soccer franchise.

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