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Full Show: Heavy Rain And Flooding, And Synchronized Swimming (May 10, 2019)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We get an update on heavy rain and flooding, Controller Chris Brown discusses the city's next budget, we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news, and we learn about competitive synchronized swimming.

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Full Show: ITC Cleanup Continues, And City Controller Weighs In On Layoffs (March 25, 2019)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: The cleanup continues at ITC. The city controller weighs in on the potential for layoffs. A report says the housing crisis puts Houstonians at risk for future flooding. A local veterinarian answers your pet care questions. And we learn about the Cougars' trip to the Sweet 16.

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Full Show: Lessons For Houston From Superstorm Sandy (Sept. 22, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We find out what the city controller is learning from his counterpart in New York City about recovering from Hurricane Sandy. We compare FEMA's response to Sandy with what's happened so far following Harvey. And we learn the forgotten backstory of the Astros' iconic rainbow uniforms.

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Audit Finds Fire Department Building Safety Inspections and Record Keeping Inadequate

Posted on · (Above: Houston’s Fire Station No. 7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)Houston buildings aren’t being inspected for fire safety regularly, and the agency within the Houston Fire Department that’s tasked with the job has inflated its inspection numbers and keeps inadequate records. That’s all according to an audit of the Houston Fire Department Life Safety […]

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Inadequate Fire Safety Inspections, and Astronaut Candidates: Tuesday’s Show (June 20, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Houston’s Fire Station No. 7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)Houston buildings aren’t being inspected for fire safety regularly, and the agency within the Houston Fire Department that’s tasked with the job has inflated its inspection numbers and keeps inadequate records. That’s according to an audit of the Houston Fire Department Life Safety Bureau […]

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What Happens If a Pension Bill Doesn’t Pass This Legislative Session?

Posted on · There was a lot of hand-wringing last year when the major investment services downgraded the City of Houston’s credit rating, citing growing unfunded pension liabilities as a major reason for the move. Well, a year later, Mayor Sylvester Turner has secured an agreement with two of the city’s three classifications of city workers – municipal […]

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Houston’s Pension Bill, and Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Fahrenthold: Tuesday’s Show (April 18, 2017)

Posted on · There was a lot of hand-wringing last year when the major investment services downgraded the City of Houston’s credit rating, citing growing unfunded pension liabilities as a major reason for the move. Well, a year later, Mayor Sylvester Turner has secured an agreement with two of the city’s three classifications of city workers – municipal […]

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Houston Matters Highlights Conversations About Solving the City’s Pension Problems

Posted on · During this fundraising week, Houston Matters is highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, though, we turn our […]