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Former Mayoral Candidate Bill King Takes Issue With Potential Pension Reform Deal

Posted on · The Houston City Council this morning (Oct. 26, 2016) passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over 30 years. This, after the firefighters’ pension board Monday agreed to the plan which will, among other measures, lower the assumed […]

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Helping Firefighters Extinguish Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on · A new report released last week by the International Association of Fire Fighters says firefighters and paramedics experience post-traumatic stress disorder at rates comparable to combat veterans. To learn why PTSD is so prevalent in the firefighting community, we talk with Houston Fire Department staff psychologist Dr. Jana Tran. She worked at the Houston VA for five […]

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Ozone Standards Follow-up and Championship Quidditch: Thursday’s Show (August 25, 2016)

Posted on · Yeah. You’re looking at a Quidditch match above. More about that below. First, on Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies […]

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Project ETHAN: Reducing Unnecessary Trips to the Emergency Room

Posted on · Back in December 2014, all firehouses in the city of Houston began implementing an intervention program called Project ETHAN, or Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation. The goal: to direct non-emergency patients who call 911 to primary care clinics, instead of automatically taking them to the ER. We talk with Dr. Michael Gonzalez, program director of Project […]

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A Year After Firefighter Deaths, What Were the Lessons Learned?

Posted on · Four Houston firefighters were killed while combating a motel fire in southwest Houston on May 31, 2013. It was the most catastrophic loss of life the Houston Fire Department had ever experienced in a single incident. More than a year later,  we talk with Terry Garrison, Chief of the Houston Fire Department, about lessons learned from […]

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The Astrodome, Voter ID, and Fantasy Football: Houston Matters for Friday, September 5, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett met with the nonprofit Urban Land Institute to seek guidance on his idea for turning the Astrodome into the “world’s largest indoor park.” Judge Emmett has received a lot of feedback since unveiling his idea for the Dome last week, some good, some bad. “Yeah, I’ve had a lot […]

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A Year After Firefighter Deaths, Colleagues and Family Members Are Still Dealing with the Tragedy

Posted on · A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them. An investigation into what happened that day will wrap […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted on · Houston welcomes U.S. and Irish rugby teams to town this weekend, for a game that’s bound to be filled with scrums, knock-ons, mulligrubbers and falcons. Any idea what any of that means? Producer Edel Howlin visited with the Irish squad, and will share a little rugby 101 during today’s Houston Matters. Under the Voting Rights […]