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Voting Rights Ruling and Design Your Own Houston Theme Park: Thursday’s Show (July 21, 2016)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday ruled the state’s voter ID law is discriminatory, and violates the Voting Rights Act. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because this is not the first time a federal court has found flaws with the Texas law — it’s actually the fourth time in […]

Online Voter Registration BannerThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday ruled the state’s voter ID law is discriminatory, and violates the Voting Rights Act. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because this is not the first time a federal court has found flaws with the Texas law — it’s actually the fourth time in less than four years. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss Wednesday’s ruling with Teddy Rave, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center.

But that’s not the only Texas case addressing discrimination making headlines recently. The U.S. Supreme Court late last month announced its agreed to hear a case brought by deaf teens against the Texas Education Agency. The plaintiffs allege the state has failed to establish accommodations for their disability in driver’s education classes. The state says it’s not obligated to do so, as driver’s ed is not a public accommodation, but a private one. We learn more from Amin Alehashem, regional director for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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Design Your Own Theme Park for Houston

Houston seems to have it all. But we are missing a few things here: no NHL franchise, nowhere to go for truly great toasted ravioli, and perhaps most glaring — no theme park. At least nothing on par with AstroWorld, which closed back in 2005. A couple weeks back (July 6, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner shared his desire for a permanent amusement park site inside the city, something he hopes will happen before his time in office is up.

Since he mentioned it, we thought we’d turn to you and ask you to design your perfect Houston theme park. We also talk with Sasha Bailyn, editor-in-chief of Entertainment Designer, an online publication dedicated to theme park and public space design, and John Nova Lomax, senior editor at Texas Monthly, who wrote last week about why Houston needs another AstroWorld.

We Welcome Your Gardening Questions

It’s hot. Crazy hot. With temperatures pushing towards, and occasionally eclipsing triple digits here in mid-summer, you may have concerns about how best to care for your garden. We turn today to Linda Gay, a horticulturist and gardener from The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, to field your questions.

Here Come “Houmojis”

Smartphone users are no doubt familiar with emojis – those little smiley faces or other images you can text to your friends. Well, a Houston marketing and design firm called Primer Grey has started creating Houston-themed emojis – or “Houmojis” – to represent people, places and experiences in the Bayou City. To learn more about the project, Michael Hagerty talks with the company’s Hannah McClure and Chris Valdez.

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