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Lost Oil Jobs and Invisible Cyclists: Thursday’s Show (October 29, 2015)

The effect of low oil prices continues to ripple through the Houston community. Just this week, the Houston Business Journal reported that Houston-based Deepwater Drilling Inc, announced 135 job cuts due to a plant closure in the Gulf of Mexico. The one thing the company didn’t mention was which positions were being cut. Announcements from […]

The effect of low oil prices continues to ripple through the Houston community. Just this week, the Houston Business Journal reported that Houston-based Deepwater Drilling Inc, announced 135 job cuts due to a plant closure in the Gulf of Mexico. The one thing the company didn’t mention was which positions were being cut. Announcements from multi-national firms like Schlumberger and BP often don’t even mention where in the world those cuts are happening. This can leave oil and gas workers worrying, will I be next? We learn why that information isn’t shared and what, if anything, workers can do about it on today’s Houston Matters.

Also: we take a look at a report from the folks who want to build the high-speed rail line from Houston to Dallas. They estimate the economic impact of the train over 25 years will be about $36 million. News 88.7’s transportation reporter Gail Delaughter will walk us through the numbers and discuss other developments with the train.

Then: When it comes to bikes in Houston, we’re used to hearing from those who choose to ride for health, recreational or environmental reasons. But what about those who have no other choice but bikes to get around? We learn about these so-called “invisible cyclists.”

And this year marks forty years of business for Cactus Music, an independent music store on Portsmouth Street near Montrose. The store first opened its doors on the corner of West Alabama and South Shepherd in 1975. We talk with the store’s owner Quinn Bishop about staying relevant in an age of digital downloads.

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