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Full Show: Maternal Mortality Rates, And New Year’s Resolutions For Houston (Jan. 4, 2018)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We take a closer look at some discrepancies in maternal mortality numbers in Texas. Plus, we discuss what our collective New Year’s resolutions should be for Houston. Then, we find out how some of Houston’s major transportation decisions were made over the years. And we learn about Houston’s downtown tunnels.


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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new study casts doubt on previously reported maternal mortality rates in Texas. Researchers say inaccurate data has provided an unclear picture, and that those rates may not be as high as previously thought. We learn more from one of the researchers involved and talk with two local experts about pregnancy-related deaths to understand what causes them and how to reduce the numbers.

Also this hour: A new year means, of course, New Year's resolutions. But what should we, as Houstonians, resolve to change in 2018? What changes would we like to see in the city, and how should we try to improve our community? We get your suggestions.

Plus: A new book addresses a lot of the history behind how Houston's transportation decisions were made over the years and how those decisions shaped the city. And we revisit Craig Cohen’s 2014 conversation with Sandra Lord about the history of Houston’s downtown tunnel system.

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