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Why the Supreme Court Punted on the HBU Birth Control Case

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court recently (May 16, 2016) sent Zubik v. Burwell back to lower courts. A ruling in the Texas case (which includes challenges from Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University) would have clarified whether an Obama Administration mandate for some employers to provide birth control benefits to employees runs afoul of […]

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Chris Bell Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s show (August 11, 2015)

Posted on · Starting today, and for the next several Tuesdays on Houston Matters, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We start on this edition with Chris Bell. He’s a former City Council Member and former U.S. Congressman. He’s also an […]

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Bill Would Allow Women to Sue Their Employers Over Equal Pay

Posted on · State Senator Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, has filed Senate Bill 65, which would allow Texas women to sue private businesses if they find out they’re not getting paid equally for similar jobs, regardless of when they learn about the salary discrepancy. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same concept covered in the federal Lily […]

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Juvenile Justice, Equal Pay and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s show (March 4, 2015)

Posted on · A federal civil rights investigation into law enforcement and criminal justice in Ferguson, Missouri will be released Wednesday. A law enforcement official familiar with the report tells NPR the investigation determined blacks were disproportionately targeted by police and the justice system, leading to – or reinforcing – a lack of trust in both police and the courts. […]

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Year Round School, Films, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 30, 2014

Posted on · School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students within Socorro ISD started attending class on Monday. They’re in what’s commonly referred to as “year-round” education. Instead of a long summer break – students get shorter […]