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Houston’s Economic Pendulum is About to Swing from East to West

Posted on · If you’ve lived in Greater Houston for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with the idea that there’s an east-west divide here. The east side of town is more blue collar. The west side of town is more white collar. Incomes on the east side are lower than on the west side, and so […]

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Still Assessing ‘Responsible’ Way to End 287(g)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 10, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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State Funding for Higher Education Shrinks as Families Face Increases in College Tuition

Posted on · A new series from The Texas Tribune highlights the struggles Texans face in paying for college in the state – and also the struggle the state faces in funding its public colleges and universities. Reporter Matthew Watkins joins us to discuss what the Tribune has found out about both plights and how it all affects […]

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The National Water Model: The Next Wave of Flood Prediction Technology

Posted on · Remember when you first upgraded to an HDTV? Suddenly, you were able to see all the detail you didn’t know you were missing. Well, the National Weather Service made a similar upgrade last summer in terms of its flood prediction technology when it launched the new National Water Model. With yet another flooding event in Greater […]

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How Will Rolling Back Federal Regulations Affect Businesses in Houston?

Posted on · President Trump says he’s going to seriously roll back regulations on businesses. So, for a city like Houston with so much industry, what would that mean for us? We discuss how fewer regulations might affect business and the environment in Greater Houston. Joining us for this conversation is Adrian Shelley, who serves as both the director […]

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Book Celebrates 50 Years Of The Rockets

Posted on · The Rockets are celebrating their 50th season, and our regular sports contributor Jeff Balke was involved in writing a comprehensive historical overview of the team. It’s called Celebrating 50 Seasons: the Official History of the Houston Rockets, and Jeff’s focus was on the 1990s to the present, which includes the team’s back-to-back NBA titles. Michael Hagerty looks back with Jeff at

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How Will Fewer Regulations Affect Houstonians? Thursday’s Show (February 9, 2017)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how fewer business regulations might affect the environment, changes to the National Weather Service's National Water Model, and the struggle Texas and Texans face paying for college. Also, singer-songwriter Mike Doughty performs in studio.

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Book Celebrates 50 Years of the Rockets

Posted on · The Rockets are celebrating their 50th season, and our regular sports contributor Jeff Balke was involved in writing a comprehensive historical overview of the team. It’s called Celebrating 50 Seasons: the Official History of the Houston Rockets, and Jeff’s focus was on the 1990s to the present, which includes the team’s back-to-back NBA titles. Michael […]

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From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Tulip Fever’ — Must-Watch Movies for February

Posted on · Houston Matters takes you to the movies! Despite the A-list Oscars, February is often a slow time for movies. Our panel of film critics discusses new releases you should see this month, both in theaters and online. Our panel is comprised of: film critic and journalist Regina Scruggs, Joshua Starnes, a staff critic for ComingSoon.net, […]

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New Transportation Research Program Looks at Houston’s Place in the ‘Megaregion’

Posted on · If traffic in Houston isn’t bad enough for you, just zoom out a little bit. Take a look at what’s going on over a greater area. As technology changes the way we get around, researchers say the city needs to consider itself part of a bigger picture — part of something called a “megaregion.” News […]

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Political Roundup: From Sanctuary Cities to Cabinet Confirmations

Posted on · From President Trump’s cabinet appointees being confirmed (one requiring a tie-breaking vote in the Senate from the Vice President), to the Texas Senate beginning action on Gov. Abbott’s emergency items, including a preliminary vote Tuesday on a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” we break down recent political news and discuss how it all could impact […]

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Political Roundup and Rockets Turn 50: Wednesday’s Show (February 8, 2017)

Posted on · From President Trump’s cabinet appointees being confirmed (one requiring a tie-breaking vote in the Senate from the Vice President), to the Texas Senate beginning action on Gov. Abbott’s emergency items, including a preliminary vote Tuesday on a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities,” on this edition of Houston Matters we break down recent political news […]

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Vote Reignites Debate Over Teaching Evolution and Creationism in Texas Schools

Posted on · On Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2017), the Texas Board of Education held a preliminary vote on science standards, which some worry could make room for the teaching of creationism in science classrooms. We learn more from Texas Tribune reporter Aliyya Swaby, and then discuss famous court battles over evolution and creationism with Josh Blackman from South […]