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Our Expert Answers Your Insurance Questions

Posted on · The more complicated your life gets, chances are the more types of insurance you’ll need — from life to car and house coverage. But how much do you really need and how often should you change providers. We put those questions to John Lopez, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.

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Oil Layoffs: Where Are the Jobs Being Lost?

Posted on · With low oil prices, we’ve all heard about the thousands of jobs being lost. But what jobs are they and where were they? We talk with Adam Perdue, an economist at the University of Houston’s Institute for Regional Forecasting at the Bauer School of Business and Parker Harvey, senior regional economist with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and […]

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Low Oil Prices on Minds as Offshore Technology Conference Begins

Posted on · The 2015 Offshore Technology Conference kicks off today at NRG Park. More than 90,000 oil and gas professionals from 130-plus countries will converge to learn about the industry’s latest technology and equipment. Also high on the minds of OTC attendees: how the drop in oil prices is impacting the industry, and what the new Subsea […]

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Blue Bell Recall: What Will it Mean for the Beloved Texas Brand?

Posted on · Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily pulling all of its products off store shelves after more samples tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at Blue Bell facilities. In a statement from company CEO and President Paul Kruse, he […]

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Is the Houston Real Estate Market Slowing Down, Stopping or Just Pausing?

Posted on · As the Greater Houston regions continues to gauge just what kind of impact dropping oil prices will have on the economy, many in the real estate industry say the market here isn’t slowing down or in a downturn. The term that’s floating around is “pause.” To discuss just what that means and how a so-called […]

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Who Are the Winners and Losers When Fuel Prices Drop?

Posted on · Oil prices Monday fell below 50 dollars a barrel for the first time since 2009. That’s a drop of more than 55 percent since June. Sure, gas prices are low, but in a city like Houston, where the oil and gas industry is such a strong economic driver, plunging oil prices are met with hand-wringing. If […]

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Social Consumerism and Politics in Houston and Galveston’s Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Friday, February 21, 2014

Posted on · There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

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The Long Term Unemployed & Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Mon. Jan. 13, 2014

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On the one hand, the long-term unemployed are likely to be those most at financial risk, and so most in need of help. They also could impact the economy for the rest […]