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Abortion Lawsuit, Ethnic Studies Delay and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, August 4, 2014

A federal trial is underway in Austin challenging the Constitutionality of abortion legislation which has effectively cut in half the number of abortion providers in the state of Texas. Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the reductions and the lawsuit. Also this hour: The Texas Board […]

A federal trial is underway in Austin challenging the Constitutionality of abortion legislation which has effectively cut in half the number of abortion providers in the state of Texas. Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the reductions and the lawsuit.

Also this hour: The Texas Board of Education is delaying the order for Ethnic Studies textbooks by one year. The board voted recently to push back the purchase of state-approved African, Asian, Native and Mexican American studies for Texas high schools to 2017. Board member Thomas Ratliff says the delay was a financial decision. But Tony Diaz, an activist with Librotraficante – which last year launched a push to create Mexican-American studies classes for Texas high schools – tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin he believes other motivations are at play. We’ll hear from both on this edition of Houston Matters.

Plus: The Houston-based company MasterWord Services was recently ranked one of the world’s largest language service providers in the translation and interpreting industry. We’ll learn about the business of language and translation, and how it supports everything from the energy and healthcare industries here in Houston and around the world, to government and social service organizations. We’ll welcome your questions for MasterWord founder and President Mila Golovine.

And: This past Thursday was trade deadline day in Major League Baseball – there was a dizzying array of major trades which, among other things, appear to have reinforced a long-developing changing of the guard in the American League, as two teams the Houston Astros will see a lot of in the coming seasons have risen to the top with what now appears to be absolutely dominant pitching. And neither franchise is in New York or Boston. We’ll talk with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower about the astonishing rotations in Detroit and Oakland, and what they signal about how far the Astros still have to climb to compete.

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