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Offshore Technology Conference, Prescription Drug Abuse, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, May 5, 2014

More than 90,000 people from more than 120 countries are expected to attend the 45th Offshore Technology Conference this week. Oil and gas industry executives, scientists and engineers will have access to the latest technical information and equipment. It’s also an opportunity for local students and professionals to network. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

More than 90,000 people from more than 120 countries are expected to attend the 45th Offshore Technology Conference this week. Oil and gas industry executives, scientists and engineers will have access to the latest technical information and equipment. It's also an opportunity for local students and professionals to network.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the Offshore Technology Conference and what it means for those of us who don’t work in oil and gas. We welcome your questions for Tom Holley, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering. Then, on the heels of the recent oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay, we learn about technology designed to address oil spill prevention and response. We speak with Rich Arnhardt, Regional Director for the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division.

Also this hour: According to the non-profit, non-partisan Trust for America’s Health, which advocates for disease prevention, the number of drug overdose deaths in Texas increased by nearly 80 percent from 1999 to 2013. The majority of those deaths stemmed from an overdose of prescription drugs. The CDC says prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. We consider what’s led to these increases, and find out how federal agencies are working with Houston groups to crack down on the problem.

And: The Houston Rockets’ season ended in a heartbreaker Friday night. Damian Lillard hit a three point shot at the buzzer, as the Rockets fell 99-98 in game 6 of their playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers. We talk with CultureMap Houston’s MK Bower about game 6, about the Rockets’ early exit, and what it may mean for that franchise going forward. We lso discuss the Spurs elimination of the Mavericks Sunday night, as San Antonio now is the last Texas team in this year’s playoffs. And we’ll discuss the Houston Astros: despite some signs of improvement, the ‘Stros are, thus far, on pace to once again lose 100 games this season.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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