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Full Show: School Finance Bill Moves Forward, And St. Luke’s Drops Heart Transplant Funding Appeal (April 4, 2019)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A school finance bill moves forward in Austin, Baylor St. Luke’s drops it appeal of decision to suspend federal funding for its heart transplant program, a new social media site protects users’ data, and the annual CounterCurrent festival focuses on inclusiveness.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Texas House has passed a much anticipated bill reforming the way school districts receive state funds. But we’re only a step closer to those reforms becoming law as House Bill 3 now goes to the Senate. We learn what’s in the bill and discuss the potential sticking points as it moves forward.

Then, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was once known as a top hospital for heart transplants. But a Houston Chronicle investigation unveiled a troubling rise in complications within the program. That led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to suspend federal funding for heart transplants. Now, St. Luke’s has dropped its appeal to keep CMS funding. We learn more.

Also this hour: We take a closer look at a new Houston-based social media site called Social Chains, that aims to give users more control of how their data is used.

And we discuss the annual CounterCurrent art festival, which is focusing on inclusiveness this year.

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