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LNG and Outpatient Therapy: Wednesday’s Show (July 13, 2016)

Energy industry analysts say supply of liquefied natural gas could outpace demand in the coming decades, while others say demand could pick up as countries begin to reduce their reliance on coal. We take a look at the LNG scene in Houston — and where it’s headed in the future — on this edition of Houston Matters. Maggie Martin […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaEnergy industry analysts say supply of liquefied natural gas could outpace demand in the coming decades, while others say demand could pick up as countries begin to reduce their reliance on coal.

We take a look at the LNG scene in Houston — and where it’s headed in the future — on this edition of Houston Matters.

Maggie Martin discusses LNG, as well as the new North America clean power goal, with Richard Stubbe, the Houston bureau chief and editor on energy markets for Bloomberg News. 

Also this hour…

A Texas Court Battle Over Outpatient Therapy Funding Leaves Providers in Limbo

A court battle in Texas over Medicaid cuts for therapists providing outpatient services primarily for disabled and elderly Texans is leaving those therapists’ practices up in the air. As of this moment, the Texas Supreme Court has restored a lower court’s injunction halting cuts passed by the Texas legislature last session, which could have a significant impact on both providers and patients. We talk with Vicki Gilani, a speech/language pathologist, about what it means for her practice and the patients she treats. Then, we talk with Ken Janda, President and CEO of the nonprofit Houston managed care organization Community Health Choice, about the long and ongoing court battle.

Corporate Attitudes Towards Volunteerism

For several years, the Deloitte Volunteer Impact Research series has sought to measure corporate community engagement, like volunteering. Last month, the professional services firm published an “Impact Survey” based on interviews with corporate employees who have some hiring influence at their companies. The respondents hail from Houston and 12 other major metropolitan areas. According to the survey, 82 percent of them say they’re more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience. While 85 percent say they overlook other resumé flaws if volunteer work is listed. And yet most job seekers in Houston don’t list volunteer experience on their resumés, assuming prospective employers don’t care. Why the disconnect? We discuss the survey results, and its implications for volunteerism, employment and corporate culture in Houston with Anne Taylor, vice chairman and managing partner of the Deloitte Houston office.

The Butterfly Project Remembers Children Killed in the Holocaust

The Butterfly Project is a 20-year-long art initiative that started with a group of Houston teachers who wanted to commemorate the 1.5 million children whose were killed during the Holocaust. Maggie Martin visits the exhibit at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center with Dr. Kelly Zúñiga, executive director of the Holocaust Museum Houston.

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