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Should White Officers Patrol Black Neighborhoods: Monday’s Show (July 11, 2016)

Last week, following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaLast week, following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for officers. But it was another suggestion that some might find more controversial: removing white officers from predominantly black neighborhoods. Is that really the answer? Is it viable? Is it appropriate?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask him. We also welcome your questions and comments for Robert Muhammad.

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Oil Trains

Last month, two freight trains collided head-on and erupted in flames near Amarillo. And this month is the anniversary of a far worse train catastrophe in Canada. The accidents are why some community groups say more needs to be done in Houston to make railways safer, especially when it comes to the transport of one product in particular: crude oil. News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling tells us more.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly — Monday Edition

Since we devoted Friday’s program entirely to the sniper attack on police in Dallas at a protest over last week’s fatal police shootings, we didn’t bring you our regular Friday installment of The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Instead, we spoke with panelists Marcus Davis, Natalie Arceneaux and Joe Holley about the violence and their reactions to it. But we also spoke with them, off air, about a number of other stories in the week’s news, and so today, we bring you what would have been Friday’s edition of The Good the Bad and the Ugly.

The Astros Surge Into the All-Star Break

The Houston Astros have gone 19-and-7 in 26 games over the last 30 days. That strong surge has catapulted the club into playoff contention heading into this week’s All-Star break. With an overall record of 48-and-41, the Astros trail the Texas Rangers by just 5.5 games in the American League West, and trail Toronto and Boston by just two games in the hunt for an AL Wild Card slot. We talk with Jeff Balke about the Astros’ first half, preview the second half, and discuss the Astros’ representatives at Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

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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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