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Houston City Council Bans Public Encampments For the Homeless

Posted on · The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tents and cooking devices that can be a fire hazard in public areas. Another ordinance on panhandling will prohibit people from blocking roadways or sidewalks. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz reports that police officers could make arrests after giving warnings, citations and consulting […]

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Many Factors Delayed Repair Of Hundreds of Ike-Damaged Roofs In Houston For Years

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. There are many factors causing delays on repairing these roofs. It’s a complicated issue. And some of […]

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Why Are Some Victims of Hurricane Ike Still Living Under a Blue Tarp?

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. Vallia Huff lived in one of the houses with blue tarps. Ike’s strong winds knocked over a […]

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Rice University President David Leebron, and Air Hockey: Monday’s Show (December 19, 2016)

Posted on · In October, Rice University President David Leebron became chair of the Association of American Universities Board of Directors, an organization focused on issues important to 62 public and private research-intensive universities. And along with that honor, Rice has garnered other critical praise this past year– the announcement of Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum as the first Houston scientist, […]

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Shooting in Southwest Houston: Monday’s Show (September 26, 2016)

Posted on · At least nine people were injured this morning in southwest Houston, when a shooter opened fire along Law Street near the corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet. Police reported the suspect was shot and killed by officers. The people who were shot were transported to area hospitals. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn the latest, […]

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Spring Resident Approaches Flood Recovery Process with Resolute Attitude

Posted on · Greater Houston continues to recover after last month’s massive flooding. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz visits with Spring resident Ellen Angel, who approaches repairs to her flooded home with a resolute attitude. “You could just sit and cry, and wallow, and all ‘I’ve lost this and my house is a mess’ but that doesn’t get things […]

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School Finance, Vaccine Exemptions, and Pets: Monday’s Show (May 16, 2016)

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court declared the state’s school finance system is constitutional. The ruling ends more than four years of legal battles in the state’s largest-ever school finance case, in which more than 600 school districts sued the state arguing funding was unfairly distributed between rich and poor districts. A district judge agreed. […]

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Houston Leads the Nation in Population Growth — Again

Posted on · Texas added more people last year than any other state, according to new population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last week (March 24, 2016). Overall, the state added nearly half a million people (490,000). Greater Houston had the largest gain of any metro area in the nation, adding about 159,000 people, according to data […]

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Opposition Brewing Over Proposed Low-Income Apartments Near The Galleria

Posted on · The Houston Housing Authority wants to build and apartment complex on the 2600 block of Fountain View Drive, a few blocks west of The Galleria. It would be located in the midst of high-end neighborhoods like Briargrove and Tanglewood. The complex would have 233 units, and most of the apartments would offer some sort of subsidy so […]