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Primary Election Analysis, Kids & Nutrition, Service Dogs & Bagpipes: Houston Matters for Wed., March 5, 2014

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst placed a distant second in Tuesday’s GOP primary. He will have to make up ground to defeat State Senator Dan Patrick in a runoff election on May 27th, just to be his own party’s nominee for re-election to his current post come November. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst placed a distant second in Tuesday’s GOP primary. He will have to make up ground to defeat State Senator Dan Patrick in a runoff election on May 27th, just to be his own party’s nominee for re-election to his current post come November.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss this and other results from Tuesday’s primary, with Mark Jones, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University.

Also, we discuss efforts to develop healthier eating habits among Houston’s children, as we talk with Gracie Cavnar, Founder and CEO of the Houston-based Recipe for Success Foundation. We learn about the foundation’s nutrition education efforts, and discuss ways to make our youngest Houstonians smarter food consumers. And we welcome your questions about how obesity impacts a child’s health, as we talk with pediatrician Dr. Sarah Barlow, Director of the Center for Childhood Obesity at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Plus: Last September, a new law went into effect that makes it easier for someone with a disability to bring a service dog into a restaurant or business. It also gives more authority to local police officers to enforce that law and establishes significant penalties for those who violate it. But some issues surrounding service dogs in Texas still loom. For instance, fake service dog vests and badges can easily be obtained online for dogs that don’t have the proper training. We learn more from Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and a Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the UT Health Science Center here in Houston. Frieden also directs the Southwest ADA Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

And: The sound of bagpipes will fill Jones Hall next week, as students from St. Thomas Episcopal School perform in the 50th annual Sounds of Scotland concert, featuring Scottish music and dance. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin stopped by a recent rehearsal and will tell us about the school’s legacy with the Scottish Arts.

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