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That Abandoned Lot in Your Neighborhood — It’s More Than Just an Eyesore

Posted on · Also this hour: Just a few months ago, the City of Houston rolled out its Mow-Down program – a pilot program to address overgrown abandoned lots in Houston neighborhoods. Officials say they’re eyesores which raise public safety concerns. We talk with the head of the program, Landon Taylor.

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City & State Pensions, Cleaning Up Abandoned Lots & Broadway’s Betty Buckley: Houston Matters for Tues., Jan. 7, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker has called Houston’s pensions “unsustainable.” Following her recent inauguration, Mayor Parker says she wants to tackle the problem and create a more sustainable retirement for current employees. The Mayor and other officials have said there’s a growing need for pension reform. But what changes can be made without impacting benefits already promised to […]

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Banning Native American Mascots, Charity Scams & City Council Runoffs: Houston Matters for Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013

Posted on · HISD today may take its first steps towards a policy prohibiting the use of certain Native American mascots and symbols some deem offensive or culturally insensitive. While some consider such representations offensive, others characterize them as symbols of respect. Still others see such labels as political correctness run amok. We’ll discuss. Also: ‘Tis the season of giving. […]

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Interview: Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall

Posted on · Two weeks ago, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Annise Parker and challenger Ben Hall have polled above single digits, so we reached out to those two campaigns, in the interests of giving you a chance to speak with the two candidates directly. Last […]

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Welcome to Houston, newbie!

Posted on · If you feel like there are more people around the Bayou City these days – well, trust those feelings. The U.S. Census Bureau says the Houston metro area has seen greater population growth than any other U.S. metro area in the last decade…and last year, Harris County added more residents than any other U.S. county. […]

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Controller Concerned about Red Ink

Posted on · Houston City Controller Annise Parker has good news and bad news when it comes to revenue. In her monthly report to City Council, parker says her office is projecting an operating shortfall of 38-million dollars. The good news...that's about 14-million dollars better than the month before. Pat Hernandez has more.

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City Gets Tough on Red Light Runners

Posted on · Houston red light runners, beware. If you're caught on camera running a red light, and don't pay the ticket you won't be able to register your vehicle until it's paid. The Houston City Council approved the new ordinance today. Bill Stamps has details.