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Payday Lenders, Fracking Water and LibroFEST: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

You’ve seen them all over Greater Houston – and maybe you’ve even had to use one: payday or auto title loan centers. Customers short on cash can get a high-interest loan due at their next payday or they can borrow money with the title to their car as collateral. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

You've seen them all over Greater Houston – and maybe you've even had to use one: payday or auto title loan centers. Customers short on cash can get a high-interest loan due at their next payday or they can borrow money with the title to their car as collateral.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in on a new ordinance that aims to regulate the more than 360 payday lenders in Houston.

Then we discuss what happens to all that water used in the fracking process, which has been an economic boom for many areas of Texas but has many environmentalists concerned.

Plus: A new study by sociologists at Rice University indicates immigrant children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be sedentary than U.S.-born white children. We learn more about the study and discuss reasons why this might be the case.

And we take a look at LibroFEST, the annual celebration of Latino writers and literature happening Saturday in Houston’s East End.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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