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Ed Gonzalez Sheriff Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 20, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your […]

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Houstonian Pet Peeves Day: Monday’s Show (September 19, 2016)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw that you just […]

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The 28th Amendment and a Death Salon: Friday’s Show (September 16, 2016)

Posted on · Today we observe National Constitution Day and ask you to tell us what’s so important to you that you would want it added to the U.S. Constitution as the 28th Amendment. Among the 27 Amendments in place are the first ten, aka the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. […]

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Lyceum Poll and Houston’s Dangerous Intersections: Wednesday’s Show (September 14, 2016)

Posted on · The annual Texas Lyceum Poll examines a number of public policy issues in the state. This year’s 10th-annual survey looks at issues that might be addressed during this spring’s state legislative session. That includes some issues explored in previous polls, such as police discrimination, as well as new questions, like whether a wall should be […]

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Medicaid Transformation Waiver: Tuesday’s Show (September 13, 2016)

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the impact on health care providers and […]

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Guns in Courthouses and a Federal Judicial Backlog: Monday’s Show (September 12, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against Waller County over signs that ban firearms posted in its multipurpose county courthouse in Hempstead. The suit centers on an exemption in the state’s open carry law that prohibits firearms “on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court.” In a […]

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Poll Suggests Texas In Play in Presidential Race: Friday’s Show (September 9, 2016)

Posted on · On Monday (Sept. 5, 2016), the Washington Post unveiled a new poll on the U.S. presidential race, which was conducted in recent weeks in all 50 states. That it found the race tightening was not too surprising. But one revelation was: that the Post’s poll, conducted in partnership with SurveyMonkey, found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary […]

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Star Trek’s Impact on Space City: Thursday’s Show (September 8, 2016)

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek debuted on American television. The original television series lasted just three seasons, but a legion of fans kept Trek culture alive for a decade, leading to a series of films, which spawned a new TV series, which led to three additional series, and more movies, […]

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Unaccompanied Minors and Immigration Courts: Wednesday’s Show (September 7, 2016)

Posted on · UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) last month released a report on the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Central America. According to the report, nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S. border in the first six months of 2016. The report also touches on the importance of legal […]

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Jailed Witness and Domestic Abuse Housing: Tuesday’s Show (September 6, 2016)

Posted on · Last December, a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand. Now the woman is suing the […]

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Galveston Transportation and Houston Nicknames: Friday’s Show (September 2, 2016)

Posted on · Galveston County held its first ever transportation summit Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) to discuss how $500 million could be invested to improve transportation infrastructure over the next decade. News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter was there and shares what was discussed on this edition of Houston Matters. (Above: Rep. Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) speaks at the Galveston County Transportation […]

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Third Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 1, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on everything you need […]

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Exit Interviews, HCC, and Attica Locke: Wednesday’s Show (August 31, 2016)

Posted on · It’s becoming a sort of tradition: as folks step away from some long-held positions here in Greater Houston, they drop by Houston Matters for an “exit interview.” Today, we bring you two. First, Maggie Martin talks with Mike Talbott, who’s retiring from his post as executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District after […]

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Transgender Rights Challenges: Tuesday’s Show (August 30, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Aug. 22, 2016), U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas ruled the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education exceeded their authority when they applied Title IX’s ban on gender discrimination in public schools to policies regarding transgender students’ use of facilities, like locker rooms and bathrooms. The federal agencies had concluded — and offered guidance […]

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Houston’s Place in America and the World: Monday’s Show (August 29, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What is America’s place in the world?” Well, we’re Houston Matters, your daily guide to the people, places, issues and ideas that define Greater Houston. So guess what we’ve decided to ask? Yep: “What is Houston’s […]