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Full Show: Lesser Election Races to Watch, and a Victim’s Definition of Justice (Oct. 9, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We examine financial issues facing Crosby ISD. Then, we learn why oil and gas companies are flaring so much gas in West Texas. Plus, We learn about some of the less talked about local races in the 2018 midterm election. Then, Houston writer Lacy M. Johnson talks about her definition of justice. And we help you improve your public speaking.


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On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A Houston-area school district says a financial emergency is prompting layoffs. We learn more about Crosby ISD's mounting financial problems.

Then, companies are burning off a lot of gas in West Texas. News 88.7's Travis Bubenik explains why some companies say they'd rather not have to "flare" gas, as it's called.

Also this hour: Over the last couple of months, we've interviewed candidates in some key Congressional races in the region, but we don't have time between now and November to cover all the other races. So, we turn to a couple of experts to summarize some of them for us: News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider and political analyst Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media's Party Politics podcast.

Then, having survived rape and attempted murder, Houston writer Lacy M. Johnson meditates on what justice should look like — both for herself and for the world as a whole. She takes on the topic in her new book, The Reckonings.

And we get some pointers on how to improve your public speaking from a local world champion speaker and an area debate coach.

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