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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with […]

On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with Patrick Jankowski, the Greater Houston Partnership’s Vice President of Research.

Also on today’s program: The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the industry it oversees is experiencing a safety crisis. The board investigates industrial accidents, and it says recent deadly explosions and chemical leaks in Texas make a strong case for action. We discuss the issue with News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling.

Also: A recent workshop by the Harris County Department of Education sought to bring attention to gang activity in schools, and to educate both students and parents to prevent kids from getting mixed up in gangs. We ask Robert Mock, HISD Chief of Police, if gang activity is as significant a problem on school campuses as off of them.

Plus: December is, of course, chock full of holiday events. From festivals to concerts to ice skating and classic plays, there’s a lot going on around Houston over the next few weeks. To help you consider your options, Houston Matters producers Maggie Martin, Michael Hagerty and Edel Howlin will share as many of the more intriguing events as they think you can stand to hear all at once.

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