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HCC Property and FCC Commissioner: Monday’s Show (May 23, 2016)

About a year ago, the Houston Chronicle began an investigation into unused properties owned by Houston Community College. The newspaper found HCC owned more than 350 acres of undeveloped property and redirected millions of dollars in bond money in recent years to buy multiple tracts. On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin sits down […]

About a year ago, the Houston Chronicle began an investigation into unused properties owned by Houston Community College. The newspaper found HCC owned more than 350 acres of undeveloped property and redirected millions of dollars in bond money in recent years to buy multiple tracts.

On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin sits down with the paper’s higher education reporter Ben Wermund to talk about the controversy.

Also this hour:

Using Broadband to Improve Mental Health Access

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn was in Houston last week for a policy conference exploring how broadband technology can be used to improve access to mental health care. We talk with Commissioner Clyburn about what she learned.

Why Houston Needs More Weather Balloons

Maybe you made one in school science class — a weather balloon you were told would help predict the weather. These days, with Doppler radar and 3D weather screens on the nightly news, you’ve probably forgotten all about them. Funny thing though: weather forecasters haven’t. Their simple technology can help predict those massive storms — or help call off those massive storm warnings. And in a city like Houston that’s prone to floods, this could be vital information. But the closest weather balloon (or “soundings”) releases are in Lake Charles and Corpus Christi. Space City weather guy Eric Berger says this is a big problem.

Sports Monday

A hopeful week went south for the Houston Astros, as a pair of wins against the White Sox to start the week were forgotten after the club dropped the next four games, three of them by just one run. We discuss this, and other developments in Houston sports, with Jeff Balke.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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