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Rules of the Road: Surviving Holiday Traffic in Houston

Posted on · Tailgating, speeding, changing lanes without signaling — do you see these offenses increase around the holidays? More than 7 million Texans are going to hit the road for holiday travel this year, according to AAA Texas. And while Houstonians are no strangers to traffic, no matter when you hit the road it’s still a good […]

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Planned Parenthood Cut from Medicaid, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of 2016: Wednesday’s Show (December 21, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas Health and Human Services Commission delivered a final legal notice to defund Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program. In a provision under the state and federal law pertaining to Medicaid providers, the Office of the Inspector General wrote that the group is “not qualified to provide medical services in a professionally competent, safe, […]

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Comedy Concert Benefits Veterans and Their Service Dogs

Posted on · Some things in this world are incredibly complicated. Others are simple. Take military veterans and mental health. We don’t always know when a veteran is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some seek out help from the V.A. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) only to experience delays. Some struggle so much they end up homeless. Others […]

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Many Factors Delayed Repair Of Hundreds of Ike-Damaged Roofs In Houston For Years

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. There are many factors causing delays on repairing these roofs. It’s a complicated issue. And some of […]

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Answers to Your Year-End Tax Questions

Posted on · Between now and the end of the calendar year, you may have some decisions to make about your taxes — from tax-deductible charitable gifts, to transactions with tax implications, to financial transfers from one type of account to another. The financial moves you make between now and the end of the month can impact the […]

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How Will Houston’s Office of New Americans Work?

Posted on · Last week (Dec. 12, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was creating an Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston. Mayor Turner said goal is to “improve access to city services for all Houstonians.” And the mayor said the office will work as an information source for Houston’s large immigrant […]

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Office for New Americans, and Your Year-End Tax Questions: Tuesday (December 20, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Dec. 12, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was creating an Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston. Mayor Turner said goal is to “improve access to city services for all Houstonians.” And the mayor said the office will work as an information source for Houston’s large immigrant […]

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Rice President David Leebron Discusses the University’s Achievements and Goals

Posted on · In October, Rice University President David Leebron became chair of the Association of American Universities Board of Directors, an organization focused on issues important to 62 public and private research-intensive universities. And along with that honor, Rice has garnered other critical praise this past year — the announcement of Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum as the first Houston […]

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Rice University President David Leebron, and Air Hockey: Monday’s Show (December 19, 2016)

Posted on · In October, Rice University President David Leebron became chair of the Association of American Universities Board of Directors, an organization focused on issues important to 62 public and private research-intensive universities. And along with that honor, Rice has garnered other critical praise this past year– the announcement of Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum as the first Houston scientist, […]

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Holiday Events Rundown — 2016

Posted on · Every year, Houston Matters receives countless notifications of holiday events happening around Greater Houston. Because it’s impossible to give time to them all, the last few years we’ve provided you with a quick rundown of just a few of them. Michael Hagerty provides this year’s edition. Events Featured in This Segment: Performing Arts: The Nutcracker, Houston […]

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Grammy Winner Leads the Houston Symphony in Handel’s “Messiah”

Posted on · The Houston Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah this weekend (Dec. 16-18), featuring Grammy-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs in his Houston Symphony debut leading the concert from the harpsichord. The piece tells the story of Jesus Christ’s nativity, passion, resurrection, and ascension. Stuctured in three parts and includes famous melodies “Ev’ry Valley” and the glorious “Hallelujah Chorus” All concerts will take […]

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BP Moving, and Trump’s Texas Cabinet Members: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on oil […]

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Professor and First-Generation College Grad Advocates for Minorities in STEM

Posted on · Rice University’s Richard Tapia has spent the better part of 40 years advocating for better STEM education for underrepresented minorities and mentoring students in the math and science fields. The son of Mexican immigrants, he was the first in his family to attend college and says his work is not about armchair quarterbacking. He lived a life […]