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Happy Houston and Finding Lost Pets: Friday’s Show (January 22, 2016)

It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed political power in Texas, campus carry, medical power of attorney – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. When faced with a cavalcade of such seriousness, we devote a portion of a show to […]

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It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed political power in Texas, campus carry, medical power of attorney – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing.

When faced with a cavalcade of such seriousness, we devote a portion of a show to discussing some good news — those things happening in your life and in your community that make you happy. We feel it’s time to do it again. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a break from the trials and tribulations of life in Greater Houston to accentuate the positive.

We welcome any uplifting news you have to share. It could be about your own life, or great news for a loved one. Or something in the news you’re really jazzed about. E-mail us now at talk@houstonmatters.org, and we’ll share the good news during today’s discussion about “Happy Houston.” We’ll also draw some positive vibes from Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse and Station Theater co-director Jessica Brown.

Also this hour: A lot can happen in a week — some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. To address intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” who parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. Today, panelists Joe Holley, Marcus Davis, and Natalie Arceneaux discuss the Supreme Court taking up Pres. Obama’s deferred action programs in U.S. v. Texas, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s new post at Harvard, and the University of Houston possibly shut out of hosting a GOP Presidential debate.

Plus: It’s one of every pet owner’s worst nightmares: your dog or cat goes missing. And in a city overwhelmed with cars, people and thousands of stray animals, losing a pet around Houston means the sooner you find them, the better. So what do you do if your pet goes missing? And what do you do when you find an animal? Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin reports.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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