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Planned Parenthood Video Stingers Indicted: Tuesday’s Show (January 26, 2016)

In a surprising turn of events, a Harris County grand jury — convened to investigate whether Houston-based Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast sold fetal tissue — declined Monday to take any action against the women’s health service provider. Instead it indicted the undercover videographers behind those allegations. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with News […]

In a surprising turn of events, a Harris County grand jury — convened to investigate whether Houston-based Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast sold fetal tissue — declined Monday to take any action against the women’s health service provider. Instead it indicted the undercover videographers behind those allegations.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with News 88.7 health and science reporter Carrie Feibel about those allegations dismissed by the grand jury, and their impact on Planned Parenthood. We then discuss the indictments against the folks behind the sting videos recorded last April with former federal prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney Philip Hilder, founder of Hilder & Associates in Houston.

Also this hour: News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling examines the state budgetary implications of continued low oil prices.

Then: The One Bin For All recycling campaign seems to have stalled. The Parker administration issued a report in late December indicating no company has been found to handle sorting; the Turner administration does not appear to be focused on it. If the One Bin For All program seems destined to be shelved, what would be a better approach to recycling in Greater Houston? Maggie Martin talks with News 88.7’s Florian Martin about where the city’s recycling program stands now. Then we talk with Melanie Scruggs, Houston program director of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, about her group’s preferred approach to recycling in Houston.

Also: The Houston Symphony presents Garrison Keillor, the longtime host of A Prairie Home Companion, at Jones Hall on Wednesday night (Jan. 27, 2016). We talk with the famed public radio host about his decision to retire as host of Prairie Home in the coming months.

Plus: Later this year, Montgomery County plans to publish an illustrated photo journal focusing on the community’s economy, lifestyle and amenities. The proceeds will go toward historic preservation efforts in the county. Longtime Conroe resident, reporter and photographer Kimberly Sutton will put the book together. She discusses the book, and developments in Montgomery County, with Edel Howlin.

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