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Nurses, Colonias, and Lockpickers: Friday’s Show (March 20, 2015)

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we discuss intriguing developments in the week’s news with our rotating panel of “non-experts” who consider The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this edition of Houston Matters, “Native […]

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we discuss intriguing developments in the week’s news with our rotating panel of “non-experts” who consider The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all.

On this edition of Houston Matters, “Native Texan” Joe Holley, The Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis, and Androvett legal media consultant Mary Flood contemplate hazing allegations at the University of Houston, a halt to construction of a planned cultural heritage museum, a management change for The Alamo, and an alleged Sasquatch attack in Sam Houston National Forest.

Also this hour: Primary care physicians are in short supply. A study out earlier this month from the Association of American Medical Colleges indicates that by 2025 the deficit of doctors will be somewhere between 46,000 and 90,000. With more insured Americans, and an aging boomer population, the need for skilled medical care won’t decline anytime soon.

Enter nurse practitioners. In Texas, care they provide to patients must be approved by a supervising doctor. But that could change. Recently, Nebraska joined 18 other states in allowing nurse practitioners such “full practice authority.” Could Texas become state number 20? Edel Howlin talks it over with two area medical professionals.

Plus: All along the Texas/Mexico border – and the border of neighboring states—are residential areas that lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, or safe, sanitary housing. These make-shift towns that offer little more than third-world conditions inside the United States are called colonias. Producer Paige Phelps learns more.

And: Houston Matters' Maggie Martin visits Houston Locksport, a local meeting of lock pickers.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer...

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