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The Costly Risks of Short-Term Rentals

Posted on · Earlier this month, a San Antonio court of appeals ruled in favor of a homeowners association that sued a homeowner who had rented his home out on several short-term leases after advertising online even though his deed prohibited anything but residential use of the home. This victory calls into question the legality of all Texas […]

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The New Abortion Rights Law Adds to the Abortion Debate

Posted on · Texas health care providers will have to cremate or bury the remains of aborted fetuses under a new rule taking effect December 19th.Those opposed to abortions see the rule change as a way to offer dignity and respect to the unborn, while abortion rights supporters see it as medically unnecessary, and designed to shame women […]

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New Abortion Rights Law, Risks of Short-Term Rentals: Monday’s Show (December 5, 2016)

Posted on · Texas health care providers will have to cremate or bury the remains of aborted fetuses under a new rule taking effect December 19th.Those opposed to abortions see the rule change as a way to offer dignity and respect to the unborn, while abortion rights supporters see it as medically unnecessary, and designed to shame women […]

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H-Town Sneaker Summit Highlights Sneaker Culture

Posted on · As far back as the 1970’s, from the basketball court to the barbershop, a question that often gets asked is, “Where did you get those sneakers?” On Dec. 4, Bayou City Event Center will host 250 exhibitors and 5,000 sneaker enthusiasts at the annual H-Town Sneaker Summit. Sneaker Summit’s founder and creative director Bryan Angelle explains the sneaker […]

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Overtime Rules and Guns in Courthouses: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Houston 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. On this edition we discuss the […]

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Whats Houston’s Economic and Developmental Plan for The Future?

Posted on · In previous programs we’ve discussed Plan Houston, the first general plan the city has ever undertaken. The city has high hopes of using the plan to guide it for decades. Some of the plan’s bullet points include broad aspirations such as having “a thriving local arts and creative community” and “a skilled and talented workforce.” Then […]

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Share Your Own Houston Life Hacks

Posted on · We all have little tricks to make our lives in Houston easier. Maybe yours include avoiding crowds by shopping for groceries during a Texans game. Or maybe you know a special shortcut around traffic. On this edition of Houston Matters, we invite you to share your Houston life hacks and we hear some suggestions from […]

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Houston Hacks, and Houston’s Plan: Friday’s Show (December 2, 2016)

Posted on · We all have little tricks to make our lives in Houston easier. Maybe yours include avoiding crowds by shopping for groceries during a Texans game. Or maybe you know a special shortcut around traffic. On this edition of Houston Matters, we invite you to share your Houston life hacks and we hear some suggestions from […]

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35 Years: Houstonians Affected by HIV/AIDS and Their Historical Accounts

Posted on · Today (Dec. 1, 2016) is World AIDS Day, a new oral history project has been launched to collect the stories of Houstonians affected by the disease. The oH Project (The Oral History Project) has been founded to collect, preserve, and make available the painful, heroic, and inspiring experiences of people impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston, […]

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Mother of Comedian Harris Wittels on Dealing With a Child’s Drug Overdose

Posted on · Harris Wittels‘ success was fast, and it was early. He attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. And, At age 22, comedian Sarah Silverman discovered him at a stand-up club and had him write for her show on Comedy Central. His last project was writing for and co-producing the Netflix series Master of […]

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The Link Between School Performance and Property Values Can Be an Economic Disaster for Some Communities

Posted on · People often choose where to buy a home based on how the schools there perform. If a school doesn’t perform as well, fewer people might choose to relocate there. A new report looks closer at the link between high school performance and property values. For every one percentage point increase in high school graduation rates, housing […]

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Report: Houston’s Richest Are Becoming More Isolated from Everyone Else

Posted on · Houston’s high-poverty areas have quadrupled since 1980, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The county’s upper-income census tracts tend to be more homogeneous — meaning that individuals with similar levels of income live in the same place. The researchers said this trend has been amplified over time, with […]

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Rich and Poor Divide, and How Schools Affect Property Values: Thursday’s Show (December 1, 2016)

Posted on · Houston’s high-poverty areas have quadrupled since 1980, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The county’s upper-income census tracts tend to be more homogeneous — meaning that individuals with similar levels of income live in the same place. The researchers said this trend has been amplified over time, with […]