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Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half of the cost for roads.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear from Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley about road funding. Then, we talk with TexPIRG Director Sara Smith, and Andrea French, executive director for the Houston Region of the Transportation Advocacy Group.

Also this hour: Paige Phelps talks with Captain Robert Manzo from the Houston Police Department about HPD’s recruitment efforts.

Then: Dare to step outside of your air-conditioned world, and you’ll find Houston offers a unique ecosystem, filled with interesting, creepy crawly things – insects of all manner of size and shape. Ever see one of our many-legged insect friends and wonder: “Just what is that thing?” We try to shed some entomological light with the assistance of Dr. Nancy Greig, entomologist and Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Plus: Laura Isensee talks with outgoing Spring Branch Superintendent Duncan Klussmann, and we preview this year’s Houston Hackathon.

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