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Matricula Consular, Water Treatment, and Gelato: Friday’s Show (August 21, 2015)

While we wrap up today’s Houston Matters with a discussion about gelato, we start this post with a mention of it, because…well, it just looks really good. Okay, moving on. Texas no longer accepts IDs called matricula consular — issued by Mexican consulates located throughout the state — to obtain a birth certificate. The tighter ID restriction […]

While we wrap up today’s Houston Matters with a discussion about gelato, we start this post with a mention of it, because…well, it just looks really good.

Okay, moving on.

Texas no longer accepts IDs called matricula consular — issued by Mexican consulates located throughout the state — to obtain a birth certificate. The tighter ID restriction has prompted lawsuits – and some potential headaches for families trying to enroll their kids in school.

On today’s Houston Matters, we talk over with Geoffrey Hoffman, a Clinical Associate Professor who heads up the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic.

Also this hour: Rice University is heading up a national research center here in Houston that will use nanotechnology to enable water-treatment systems. Project leaders behind Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment — or NEWT — say it will provide safe drinking water for millions of people who lack it and allow thousands of oil and gas production sites to manage and reuse water. NEWT is funded by a five-year, $18.5 million dollar federal grant and brings together experts from Rice and other academic and industry partners. Dr. Pedro Alvarez is director of NEWT, and the George R. Brown Professor of Environmental Engineering at Rice. He talks with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about the project.

Then: From a court ruling calling for a change to ballot language for a referendum on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, to Texas Ag Commisioner Sid Miller’s controversial Facebook post, to another bar caught in the Operation Bottoms Up sting, we discuss The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the week’s news with panelists Tamara Tabo, Monica Richart and Ty Mahany.

Plus: Houstonian Louie Comella, co-owner of Gelazzi, a gelato shop in The Heights, discusses the craft of making gelato.

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