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Houston Matters for Friday, April 12, 2013

The last day of Alex Brown’s life began like many others. The 17 year old Seagraves High School senior hopped in her truck, and began the drive to her Lubbock, Texas-area school. Along the way, she began texting, a distraction which led to her rolling her truck. She was ejected from the vehicle and died. […]

The last day of Alex Brown’s life began like many others. The 17 year old Seagraves High School senior hopped in her truck, and began the drive to her Lubbock, Texas-area school. Along the way, she began texting, a distraction which led to her rolling her truck. She was ejected from the vehicle and died. That was November 10, 2009.

Not long after, the Texas Legislature voted to ban texting while driving. Governor Perry vetoed the bill. Next week, lawmakers appear poised to try again.

Today on Houston Matters, we’ll learn more about the proposed ban, and consider whether here in Houston, we have created a culture that encourages distracted driving.

Also, Tuesday’s stabbing attack at Lone Star Cy-Fair underscores the need for college campuses to do all they can to provide a secure learning environment. That includes reaching out to students in need of mental health services. We’ll hear about a new program trying to do just that.

And, Senators hope to unveil a sweeping immigration bill, most likely early next week. Marches in support of such reform took place this week in Houston, and across the country.

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