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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 6, 2013

Voters approved a lot Tuesday. They said yes to Mayor Annise Parker, who won re-election. Harris County voters approved a proposed joint inmate processing center. Texans said yes to property tax breaks for veterans and their families, a State Water Implementation Fund, even expanded tax exemptions on aircraft parts. The one big thumbs-down? The Dome. Harris County […]

Voters approved a lot Tuesday. They said yes to Mayor Annise Parker, who won re-election. Harris County voters approved a proposed joint inmate processing center. Texans said yes to property tax breaks for veterans and their families, a State Water Implementation Fund, even expanded tax exemptions on aircraft parts. The one big thumbs-down? The Dome. Harris County voters nixed a plan to convert the Astrodome into a giant convention and exhibition space.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll analyze the results of Tuesday’s election, and welcome your questions and comments for pollster Bob Stein, KUHF’s Laurie Johnson, and the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris.

Also: the Mexican Congress is set to consider energy reform proposals later this fall, which would open up Mexico’s energy industry to outside investment, and allow contracts between the Mexican government and private companies to share profits from the extraction of oil and gas throughout the country. We’ll discuss what this might mean for Houston’s oil and gas industry with KUHF’s StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling. And we’ll talk with a geologist about where shale rock is found in North America, and the techniques used to drill for natural gas trapped beneath it.

Plus: Back in 1953, New Zealand explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese Sherpa partner Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Nearly 40 years later – in 1990 – Hillary’s son Peter himself reached the summit, making Edmund and Peter Hillary the first father-son duo to conquer Mount Everest. Last week, Peter Hillary was in Houston to speak at a luncheon for the Nature Conservancy and he and the Conservancy’s Texas State Director Laura Huffman sat down with Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty. We’ll hear what Hillary had to say about growing up in a family where adventure was a part of everyday life.

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