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Candidate Interview With District Attorney Devon Anderson: Tuesday’s Show (September 27, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we’re devoting time to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Harris County District […]

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What Opiate Recovery Looks Like For Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf

Posted on · Ryan Leaf was a quarterback in the NFL for four seasons. He played with a handful of teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, but his short career was plagued with injuries and self-described bad-behavior. Leaf wasn’t long out of the game before he was introduced to opiates, and […]

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Medicaid Transformation Waiver: Tuesday’s Show (September 13, 2016)

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the impact on health care providers and […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 10, 2016

Posted on · On July 18, 2016, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros’ computer database. When the news broke reaction was swift – and surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for what he […]

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How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — and How Can Similar Instances Be Prevented?

Posted on · Last December (2015), a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not […]

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Jailed Witness and Domestic Abuse Housing: Tuesday’s Show (September 6, 2016)

Posted on · Last December, a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand. Now the woman is suing the […]

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Database Tracks Deaths Connected to Law Enforcement, Jails and Prisons

Posted on · There’s a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement — such as the use of deadly force — and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody – such as in jail or in prison. The database, called the Texas […]

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Will a Harris County Bail Lawsuit Go to the Supreme Court?

Posted on · Last Thursday (Aug. 18, 2016) the initial hearing on a lawsuit filed against Harris County over its bail system took place in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit alleges the county’s bail system is unconstitutional because it jails poor offenders for minor offenses who can’t make even small bail payments. Bail bondsmen, as you might imagine, […]

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From College to the Workplace: Tuesday’s Show (August 23, 2016)

Posted on · A new school year has begun at most area colleges and universities. Those schools, of course, seek to create a friendly, accommodating environment for students. But not all workplaces are so accommodating. As such, some recent graduates may find it challenging to transition from a college campus into the workplace. There’s always been a certain […]

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Why Does Houston Have So Many Mattress Stores?

Posted on · Houston-based company Mattress Firm was recently acquired by South African furniture retailer Steinhoff, a mattress supplier that already has a firm hold on the European market and was looking to get a foot into the American market. We thought this would be a good opportunity to revisit a piece producer Edel Howlin did last year (July […]

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Fetal Disposal, Oil and Gas Layoffs, and Blended Families: Thursday’s Show (August 18, 2016)

Posted on · New rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s Health and Human Services Commission would change the way fetal tissue is disposed of after medical procedures like abortions, requiring burials or cremation instead of long-standing procedures allowing disposal in sanitary landfills. But it would also apply to miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies terminated in […]

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Is It Possible to Forage for Food in Houston?

Posted on · Next Friday (Aug. 5, 2016) at 8:30 p.m., Café Brasil in Montrose will host a screening of a documentary about foraging for food called Weedeater. In conjunction with the screening we spoke with Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen, a local chemist by day, but on weekends, he adopts the persona of Merriwether, which is inspired by explorer Meriwether Lewis (Vorderbruggen spells […]

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Only In Houston and Health in Space: Thursday’s Show (July 28, 2016)

Posted on · Houston touts many wonderful qualities. There’s a variety of restaurants and cuisine, a high employment rate and diverse cultures. Of course, living in the fourth-largest city in the country has its drawbacks (the traffic and the humidity are probably high on everyone’s list). At some point — whether you’re originally from Houston or not — you’ve probably picked up on a […]

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Katy Prairie and Sugar Land Restaurants: Wednesday’s Show (July 6, 2016)

Posted on · Following our recent Houston Matters road trip to the newest stretch of the Grand Parkway, in which we learned how some nearby residents and businesses are being affected by the new leg of 99, we received an e-mail from a listener bemoaning how such development adds to the dissipation of prairies on the edges of Greater […]