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Denton Fracking Ban Passes & Then Is Immediately Challenged in Court

Posted on · Among the more intriguing results in Tuesday’s election was the approval by voters in Denton of a ban on fracking. The north Texas city is the first in Texas to approve such a ban. The Texas Oil and Gas Association has already asked for an injunction to stop the measure from being enforced. Attorney Tom […]

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Accidental Houstonians, Denton Fracking Ban, and Footloose: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Posted on · Many Houstonians were born here, but there are also many others who grew up someplace else and never really planned on living in Houston, but moved here for a job opportunity, or a life change. They are "accidental Houstonians." And we explore what has brought some of them here over the years, and how they’ll […]

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Will Denton’s Proposed Ban on Fracking Pass or Fail?

Posted on · On Election Day, voters in the north Texas town of Denton will cast ballots on a referendum that would ban hydraulic fracturing — or fracking. Houston Public Media’s Dave Fehling joins us to discuss whether the measure might pass or fail and to explain the arguments of those for and against the measure.

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Voter ID, Banning Fracking and Project Row Houses: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state's voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas […]

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What Makes the Buffalo Bayou Restoration Project So Controversial?

Posted on · We revisit a plan to restore a portion of Buffalo Bayou. The Memorial Park Demonstration Project is a controversial plan to eliminate vegetation and trees along the banks of a 1.5-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou, running from the southeast corner of Memorial Park to the eastern edge of River Oaks Country Club. We examined this […]

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Rainy Day Funds for Roads, and Bayou Restoration: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct.8, 2014

Posted on · Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general […]

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Does Fracking Really Contaminate Drinking Water?

Posted on · Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been a boom for Texas oil and gas companies. The process of pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground to break up shale allows oil and gas to flow to the surface. There are some who question fracking's impact on the environment and surrounding communities. One of […]

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Payday Lenders, Fracking Water and LibroFEST: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Posted on · You've seen them all over Greater Houston – and maybe you've even had to use one: payday or auto title loan centers. Customers short on cash can get a high-interest loan due at their next payday or they can borrow money with the title to their car as collateral. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Should We Trust Texas Companies to Self-Report Industrial Accidents?

Posted on · While government authorities are tasked with investigating industrial accidents, those efforts, particularly here in Texas, are often triggered by industry “self-reporting.” But how does that work exactly? And how far do we defer to and trust companies to report accidents? We talk about the concept of industry self-reporting, consider some recent examples, and welcome your […]

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Self-Reporting, Silver Alerts, and Symphony Broadcast Preview: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Posted on · While government authorities are tasked with investigating industrial accidents, those efforts, particularly here in Texas, are often triggered by industry "self-reporting." But how does that work exactly? And how far do we defer to and trust companies to report accidents? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the concept of industry self-reporting, and […]

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What Do New Houstonians Need to Know About Business, Energy and the Environment in Greater Houston?

Posted on · New to town? Want the lowdown on everything you need to know about Greater Houston? We begin by discussing business, energy and the environment with news 88.7’s business reporter Andrew Schneider, and Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, Dave Fehling.

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First Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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 […]

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Who’s Getting The Best Deals On Electricity In Texas?

Posted on · During a meeting of the Texas Public Utility Commission, its former chairman, Barry Smitherman, gave Texans one more reason to love their state and for others to envy it: low, low prices for electricity. “If you use the best available price in the market place from a retail electric provider Houston and Dallas have the […]

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Police Interaction, Electric Bills, Gardening, and The Purse Bearer: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The […]

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Are Companies at Risk when the CEO is in the Cockpit?

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 […]