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Houston Matters Weekend for Saturday, September 3, 2016

Posted on · Everybody knows in Texas, you can't be the team with the losing record. But that's not the case with our state government's record suing the federal government — mostly for things like overreach. So why do we have such a contentious relationships with the feds? And are taxpayers getting anything out of these big lawsuits? […]

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Why Are Black Mothers Less Likely to Breastfeed? Addressing the Racial Disparity

Posted on · Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth-annual Black Breastfeeding Week. The campaign was launched to raise awareness about racial disparities between white and black moms who breastfeed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black infants consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration from 2000 to 2008. […]

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Pensions and ADA Compliant Voting: Tuesday’s Show (August 16, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (August 9, 2016), Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting the current financial state of Houston's pensions. The report lays out why the city's unfunded liabilities are growing, and offers options for reform (though it does not make any recommendations about those options). On this edition of Houston Matters, […]


Protections for Breast-Feeding Mothers Face Opposition

Posted on · Patients wait to be seen at the People’s Community Clinic in Austin, which provides state-subsidized women’s health services to low-income women, in July 2014. photo by: Callie Richmond   When Anna Johnson-Smith started her fifth year as a kindergarten teacher at Marlin Elementary School in 2012, she didn’t plan to resign just a few weeks […]

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Breastfeeding in Public: What Are Your Rights?

Posted on · August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and thousands of Texas mothers choose to breastfeed their babies instead of using formula. It’s a practice that’s been going on for thousands of years, but only in the last few did breastfeeding in public become a social and legal issue. We hear the story of a Houston mom […]

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CEOs & Plane Crashes, Anger Management and Jazz: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Posted on · CEOs are dying in private plane crashes more often than you might think. Why? And what does it have to do with Houston? Well, the connection lies in the oil and gas industry, and industries like it, and how the personalities of CEOs which allow them to be calculated risk-takers also lead some of them […]