Posted on · Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]
Posted on · We continue Houston Matters' annual guide for newcomers by discussing everything new Houstonians need to know about health and science and arts & culture in Greater Houston, with News 88.7's health and science reporter Carrie Feibel, and Houston Public Media's St. John Flynn.
Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our first annual “newcomers guide to Houston.” Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in H-town, this will be a must listen. We’ll cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on […]
Posted on · A trial is set to begin today in an Austin federal court over a lawsuit that seeks to block further implementation of the abortion legislation that passed in a special session of the Texas Legislature last year. Part of the law took effect last November, which reduced the number of places in Texas that can […]
Posted on · A federal trial is underway in Austin challenging the Constitutionality of abortion legislation which has effectively cut in half the number of abortion providers in the state of Texas. Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel tells Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty about the reductions and the lawsuit. Also this hour: The Texas Board […]
Posted on · Because of the Affordable Care Act, some Houstonians are getting health insurance either for the first time or for the first time in a long time. But that doesn’t mean they’re actually gettingÂ timely healthcare. In her series,Â Â âObamacare Odysseys,âÂ Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel explains why. We talk with […]
Posted on · New Houstonians and renters whose leases are up in the fall may be apartment hunting these days. While demand is consistently high here, there are lots of apartment developments to explore. The real challenge – finding an apartment with the amenities you want, at the price you want, in the location you want, when you […]
Posted on · A man near Austin was recently diagnosed with the state’s first case of a mosquito-borne illness called chikungunya. We learn more about the illness, as Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel talks with Scott Weaver, Director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at The University of Texas Medical Branch at […]
Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two […]
Posted on · Houston Public Media's Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel is producing a new series on the impact the Affordable Care Act is having on Houstonians. It’s called “Obamacare Odysseys.” She’ll tell us about it, and share some of what she’s heard so far from your fellow Houstonians.
Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he's developmentally disabled, according to […]
Posted on · It’s worth noting thatÂ more thanÂ 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United […]
Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The otherÂ seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for […]
Posted on · It's been said there are two Houstons. One is inside the loop: urban, with skyscrapers, universities, recycling, museums, buses. The other is outside the loop: suburban, with strip malls, sprawl, U-turn lanes, Kroger. Some Houstonians live in one, and work in the other. Some make a point of visiting one while devoting most of their […]
Posted on · The Houston City Councilâs back in session but, aside from Mayor Parker, there areÂ just two women on the council, the fewest in 15 years. Itâs also the first time in a quarter century that a minority woman does not have a seat on the city council. What, if anything, do we make of this? […]