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Littering, Human Rights First, and Mickey Gilley: Houston Matters for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Posted on · If you’re relatively new to Texas, you may not be aware that the phrase “Don’t Mess with Texas” was originally a slogan used in ad campaigns in the 1980s to reduce littering on Texas roads. And it worked. In the late ’80s, there was a significant, noticeable decrease in trash on Texas highways. But as […]

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Unaccompanied Minors Crossing the Border: Houston Matters for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Posted on · Vast numbers of often unaccompanied young children continue to cross into south Texas from Mexico. The White House says they're fleeing violence in Central America. That's why the Obama administration has begun to provide these minors seeking asylum with lawyers to assist them as they navigate our immigration courts. It's not common practice for those […]

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Texas Tenors Combine Classical Music and Country

Posted on · Don’t feel like taking a road trip up to Fort Worth to see the Texas Tenors perform in concert Friday night? No worries, Houston Public Media TV 8 has you covered, with a new special called “You Should Dream,” featuring the Texas Tenors airing Monday at 7 p.m. And tenor JC Fisher will be live […]

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Day Trips, Good Bad and Ugly, and Texas Tenors: Houston Matters for Friday, June 6, 2014

Posted on · Day trips are a great way to get out and explore areas near Houston without packing a full bag. On this edition of Houston Matters, from smaller towns to national parks, we talk about some of the trips Houstonians can fit into a day. We welcome your suggestions, as we talk with Kristin Finan, author […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Passes, Car Break-ins, and Homelessness: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 29, 2014

Posted on · Houston's City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. […]

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Death Penalty, Affordable Care Act in Houston, and Crawfish: Houston Matters for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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 […]

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Houston’s Budget, Arts and Culture, Street Names, and Life Histories: Houston Matters for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker last week unveiled her proposed FY 2015 budget for the city of Houston. It includes covering a significant rise in pension obligations, calls for funding to add animal control officers and address pothole repairs – all of which the mayor believes can be accomplished in the next year without a tax increase, […]

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One Year of Houston Matters: What Have We Gotten Right? What Can We Do Better?

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should […]

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Houston Matters’ Anniversary, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and an iFest Preview: Houston Matters for Friday, April 25, 2014

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should […]

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More Houstonian Pet Peeves and the Irish in Houston: Houston Matters for Monday, March 17, 2014

Posted on · Every six months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in […]

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Singer Steve Tyrell Returns Home, Talks About His Influences

Posted on · Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell has spent over four decades in the music business, achieving success as a performer, producer, songwriter and music supervisor. Tyrell has produced hits for Grammy-winning Artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross. Steve himself has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained […]

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The 28th Amendment, Healthcare Enrollment & Steve Tyrell: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 13, 2014

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 other 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 […]

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The New Houstonians, Kids and Technology, and Bats: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 25, 2014

Posted on · In a typical year, more than 60,000 people move to the Houston region. They tend to be young (the median age in Harris County is just under 33). In many cases, they’re here to start or advance their careers, because this is where the jobs are. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what […]

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The Hispanic Vote, Curling & Valentine’s Day Angst: Houston Matters for Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014

Posted on · A new Gallup poll calls into question the conventional wisdom that changing demographics in Texas might lead to a change in statewide political power. The concept goes like this: more and more Hispanics are in Texas every year. Historically, they’re a voting bloc that leans heavily Democratic. Therefore, changing demographics in Texas suggest Democrats might […]