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Rerouting Houston Buses and Ocean Acidification: Thursday’s Show (August 13, 2015)

On Sunday (Aug. 16, 2015), METRO is launching a major redesign to its bus routes. The goal? To boost ridership and remove vehicles from already crowded roads. But for some riders, it could mean a longer walk to get on a bus and more time to get to their destinations. All this week on News […]

On Sunday (Aug. 16, 2015), METRO is launching a major redesign to its bus routes. The goal? To boost ridership and remove vehicles from already crowded roads.

But for some riders, it could mean a longer walk to get on a bus and more time to get to their destinations.

All this week on News 88.7, transportation reporter Gail Delaughter has examined the impact on people who rely on transit and the effort to attract new passengers. We hear her expanded report on Rerouting Houston Buses on today’s Houston Matters.

Also this hour: Earlier this week, David Ray Conley was charged with three counts of capital murder, after he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend Valerie Jackson, her husband, and six children Saturday inside a home north of Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Tim Cannon said the motive seems to be a dispute between the suspect and his ex-girlfriend, coupled with Conley’s personal problems. Conley is being held without bail at the Harris County Jail. It’s not Conley’s first brush with the law. According to the Houston Chronicle, Jackson filed assault charges against Conley in 2000 but later recanted and then accused an ex-boyfriend of the crime. The Chronicle also reports Child Protective Services allegations dating as far back as four years in connection with Jackson, her husband Dwayne Jackson and her ex-boyfriend, Conley.

With Conley and the victims on the radar of both law enforcement and CPS over the years, could these deaths have been prevented? When it comes to domestic violence, do the systems and laws in place do enough to spot the warning signs and prevent a potentially volatile family member from committing acts of domestic violence? We talk it over with Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

Then: We discuss ocean acidification and what it means for the Gulf of Mexico, with Paul Montagna, Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at Texas A&M.

Plus: On Aug. 20, Houston Press will host its annual music awards, which highlight local artist’s albums, songs, and videos, among other categories. We learn more from Chris Gray, the music editor for the Houston Press.

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