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New Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: Tuesday’s Show (January 10, 2017)

Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Art Acevedo as Houston’s new police chief in November. Chief Acevedo has spent over 30 years with law enforcement, including 20 with the California Highway Patrol and most recently ten on Austin’s police force. Now he has become the chief of the country’s fifth-largest police force. Acevedo faces numerous challenges at the […]

Art Acevedo at Houston Matters - MHagerty3Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Art Acevedo as Houston’s new police chief in November. Chief Acevedo has spent over 30 years with law enforcement, including 20 with the California Highway Patrol and most recently ten on Austin’s police force. Now he has become the chief of the country’s fifth-largest police force.

Acevedo faces numerous challenges at the helm of the Houston Police Department, including body cameras on officers, improving relations between police and the communities they patrol, and reducing violent crime.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the new chief about his plans and what he thinks he can bring to his new role.

(Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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What the Civil War Can Teach Us About Treating Today’s Veterans:

A book from Sam Houston State University Professor Brian Jordan examines the challenges Union veterans faced at the completion of the Civil War and how those challenges continue for today’s men and women in the Armed Forces. We talk with Dr. Jordan about his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil WarHe explains how he’d like it to serve in today’s dialogue about veterans issues.

Husband and Wife Team Capture Texas’ Backroads and Birds

Husband-and-wife duo Gary Clark and Kathy Adams Clark both work to chronicle nature in Texas — but in different ways. Gary uses words, and Kathy uses photographs. Together, they provide both a visual and linguistic glimpse into the beauty of the Lone Star State. Their collaboration has yielded a couple of recent books: Backroads of Texas and Book of Texas Birds. Maggie Martin talks to them about their work.

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