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Political Roundup, and Financial Advice: Wednesday’s Show (April 26, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories — with an eye toward how they might affect Houston and Texas. This week, we discuss Congress coming back this week from its spring recess, the 100-day milestone of Donald Trump’s presidency, growing tensions with North Korea, and proposed […]

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End of Life Preparation, and Texans’ Financial Literacy: Thursday’s Show (January 12, 2017)

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to “face disease and frailty before you get there.” Let’s face it: while we know we’re all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It’s an inevitability we don’t really want to […]

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Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs Kids

Posted on · Eddie Goldsberry is a CPA and Beth Owens works with personal trusts at Bank of Texas. What do they both have in common? Well, they’ve tailored their practices to help families with special-needs children. They aim to help families find the right products, services and legal help to facilitate long-term financial planning– something they say not […]

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School Rankings, and Affordable Housing: Monday’s Show (June 6, 2016)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding, and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2016 report is […]

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The Legal Dispute Over Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (December 10, 2015)

Posted on · Nine more Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive here in Houston today, after U.S. District Judge David Godbey Wednesday denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request for an emergency order blocking them. Paxton submitted then withdrew a similar request last week. The Attorney General’s back-and-forth actions are not, of course, the only mixed messages coming […]

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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]

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Tax Prep and Accordion Throwdown: Thursday’s show (March 5, 2015)

Posted on ·   The April 15 tax deadline is just over a month away. Tax time always tends to add some stress to our lives. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, but Houston Matters is here to help! On this edition of the program, we welcome your questions for a pair of tax experts, who can address everything from new tax laws to eligible deductions […]

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Social Security, Solar Energy, and Ulysses (Yes, Really): Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Posted on · Texas Congressman Kevin Brady wants to change a long-standing provision of Social Security to provide more benefits to some public sector employees who work second jobs. He’s pushing for passage of a bill called The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act to repeal and replace the Windfall Elimination Provision first passed back in the 1980s. On […]

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Texas Mental Health Hospitals, Personal Finance, and Astros on the Rise: Houston Matters for Monday, June 9, 2014

Posted on · Last month, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which is tasked with identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in state government, released a critical report on the Texas Department of State Health Services. The report characterizes the state’s mental health hospital system as being “in crisis,” adding that “individuals waiting to enter the state mental health hospital system are at risk of not […]