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Houston Matters for Friday, July 12, 2013

A lot can happen in a week here in Texas. In politics, Governor Perry’s announced he will not seek another term in office. In a second special session, the Texas House has passed a bill limiting abortion. Here in Houston, we await the official arrival of NBA star Dwight Howard, as the newest Houston Rocket. And there’s a new planned theme park […]

A lot can happen in a week here in Texas. In politics, Governor Perry’s announced he will not seek another term in office. In a second special session, the Texas House has passed a bill limiting abortion. Here in Houston, we await the official arrival of NBA star Dwight Howard, as the newest Houston Rocket. And there’s a new planned theme park coming our way from a former Astroworld GM. These are just some of the topics we discuss on this edition of Houston Matters, as we present another installment of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of the week’s news. We’re joined by panelists Maria Heg, Lisa Falkenberg, and Kyrie O’Connor.

Also, just last month, Houston released its most recent homeless figures. The numbers come from a “boots on the ground” count, coordinated by a group of organizations under the umbrella of the Coalition for the Homeless. The good news is the amount of homeless people on our streets is down. The bad news – you may still see that same homeless person begging under the city’s freeways. So where have we come from, and where are we going, in our efforts to deal with Houston’s homeless? We’ll welcome your thoughts, as we talk with Coalition for the Homeless President and CEO Marilyn Brown, Houston Housing Authority President and CEO Tory Gonsolley, and Sergeant Steve Wick, a member of the Houston Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team.

Plus: Keeping elephants cool at the Houston Zoo, what we can learn about Houston history from glass bottles, and whether the Dwight Howard signing will impact an impasse keeping most of Houston from seeing most Houston Rockets and Houston Astros games on TV.

We welcome your comments below or at talk@houstonmatters.org.

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