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Grier Resignation, Race Tracks and Pops Concerts: Friday’s Show (September 11, 2015)

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier will step down March 1. He made that announcement Thursday, saying “it’s time.” On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about reaction to Grier’s announcement, and his tenure leading the nation’s 7th largest school district (and the largest in Texas) from News 88.7 FM education reporter […]


Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier will step down March 1
. He made that announcement Thursday, saying “it’s time.”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about reaction to Grier’s announcement, and his tenure leading the nation’s 7th largest school district (and the largest in Texas) from News 88.7 FM education reporter Laura Isensee.

Also this hour: We discuss why Humana recently dropped Baylor College of Medicine from its network and what it signals about how health insurers may deal with group insurance plans going forward.

Then: The Texas horse racing industry shut down briefly last week (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015) amid debate over a new type of gambling at horse tracks. Some say the debate is about something more: namely who gets to profit from the industry. But are racetracks like the Sam Houston Race Park profitable anymore? And are they even really just about horse racing, as they turn to other types of events to bring more people through the turnstiles? We discuss recent developments and the current state of horse tracks in Texas with the Houston Chronicle’s Brian Rosenthal.

Plus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of this week’s news.

And: Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps talks with Lesley Sabol, Director for Popular Programming with the Houston Symphony, about her work and the important role pops programs play for the symphony.

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