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Grading the Response to Houston’s Flood

Posted on · It’s been a week since a dramatic and major storm over Houston dumped nearly a foot of rain in a matter of hours, leading to widespread flooding, several deaths, damage in the millions and at least temporary disruption in one form or another for most of Greater Houston. Now that we have a little bit […]

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Flooding and the Waning Days of the Legislature: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From heavy flooding across Greater Houston, to a scramble to pass bills in the waning hours of the Texas Legislature, to a fight over who owns access to the social media accounts of a sold business: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” includes […]

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Houston Flood Waters Contain Hidden Health Dangers

Posted on · The floodwaters have mostly receded from our roadways, but they still remain in some areas around Greater Houston. As cleanup continues, we talk with Dr. Scott Lea, Associate Professor and Infectious Diseases Clinic Director, in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at UTMB, about what lurks in those muddy puddles left behind, and why you probably […]

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Flooding and Public Health, and Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Thursday’s show (May 28, 2015)

Posted on · The floodwaters have mostly receded from our roadways, but they still remain in some areas around Greater Houston. As cleanup continues, we talk with Dr. Scott Lea, Associate Professor and Infectious Diseases Clinic Director, in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at UTMB, about what lurks in those muddy puddles left behind, and why you probably […]

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Flooding Update: Recovery Efforts Continue With Rain Still Falling in Some Areas

Posted on · We have the latest on this week’s flooding in and around Houston. We lead off with representatives from Harris County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. We learn what cleanup and recovery efforts are underway, and what more we can expect in terms of storms and potential additional flooding the rest of the week. MORE:  […]

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Flooded Streets and Highways: Tuesday’s Show (May 26, 2015)

Posted on · Severe weather this weekend, combined with strong sustained thunderstorms overnight, led to widespread flooding across Greater Houston. Officials throughout the day asked Houstonians to stay home until the water recedes. Many schools are closed, and many roads remain impassible. On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in with News 88.7’s transportation reporter Gail Delaughter, who spoke this […]

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State of the Union and Early Literacy: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance…or […]

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Is Houston Prepared to Handle Flooding?

Posted on · It seems like every time there’s even moderately heavy rain here in Houston, we experience some measure of flooding. That’s to be expected when you live in a very flat city that’s only 43 feet above sea level. Still, while flooding may not be preventable, there may be steps to take to mitigate it. Today […]