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Taxis & Ride-Sharing Apps Jockey for Position on Houston Streets

Posted on · Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies. Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory Affairs on proposed changes to […]

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Understanding ERCOT — The Folks Who Manage Most of Texas’ Electric Flow

Posted on · You might not have heard about ERCOT — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas — but it affects your life, whether you’re aware of it or not. The agency manages electric flow for 23 million Texans — some 85 percent of the state’s electric load. Dave Fehling, KUHF’s StateImpact Reporter for energy and the environment, stops by 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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What Should Priorities Be for Future Growth in Greater Houston?

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council has opened public comment on Our Great Region 2040, a draft plan of priorities for growth and change in the region over the next few decades. We discuss what’s in the plan, what should be in it, and what you think our priorities should be as greater Houston-Galveston grow and change.

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Considering Term Limits

Posted on · City council term limits are likely to be on the November ballot in one form or another. Mayor Bill White wants voters to decide if a permanent commission should be created to examine term limits. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Houston Budget Fallout

Posted on · Houston's four-billion dollar budget goes into effect after councilmembers spent hours wrangling over the details. The budget includes what amounts to a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on the property tax rate. Only two people voted against the administration's fiscal plan for the city. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Gonzalez Makes Plans for District H

Posted on · After going months without direct representation, Houston Council District H has a councilmember-elect. Ed Gonzalez will be sworn into the seat on June 24th. Laurie Johnson sat down with him to get his thoughts and plans for the district.