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The State of Houston Business, and Reducing Poverty in the Fifth Ward: Tuesday’s Show (May 2, 2017)

Posted on · Today on Houston Matters we continue our 3rd annual State of Houston series with a look at the state of business and the economy in Greater Houston with the help of News 88.7 business reporter Florian Martin. Also this hour…

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Raising a Transgender Son, and the 80’s Oil Bust: Houston Matters Weekend for January 14, 2017

Posted on · LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country, with battles waging inside the legislature and courts of North Carolina making news. Now Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate Bill 6 has been filed and mimics the very language that has cost North Carolina millions of dollars thus far. The bill isn’t that […]

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Third-Annual Newcomers’ Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (December 29, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third-annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you're new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on […]

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Cabinet Appointments and the Year in Business and Energy: Wednesday’s Show (December 14, 2016)

Posted on · President-elect Donald Trump named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. The announcement comes on the heels of another appointment — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State for the Trump administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what these appointments could mean for Texas and the […]

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Transparency in Mental Health, and New Houston Chiefs

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient's suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals. We talk with Mike Hixenbaugh with The Houston Chronicle about his report The week before Thanksgiving, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his choices to head […]

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New Police and Fire Chiefs In Houston, Pearl Harbor, and Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (December 7, 2016)

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient's suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals. We talk with Mike Hixenbaugh with The Houston Chronicle about his report Also this hour…

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Only African American-Owned Bank in Texas Sees Jump in Business in the Months Following Police Shootings

Posted on · Black-owned banks have been in the news this year. It started when a rapper who goes by the name "Killer Mike" called on people to open accounts at a bank in Atlanta after police shootings of African-American men. There is only one black-owned bank in Texas, and it's Unity National Bank in Houston's Third Ward. […]

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Harris County Jail Issues Loom Large In Race For Sheriff

Posted on · In the race for Harris County Sheriff, both the incumbent, Sheriff Ron Hickman, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, agree there are serious problems with the Harris County Jail. But they differ on how to address them. Much is being said about what's wrong with the local lockup, so News 88.7’s Florian Martin decided to take […]

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How Shell Oil’s Departure Might Affect Downtown Houston

Posted on · Recently (Sept. 20, 2016), Shell Oil announced plans to vacate most of its downtown offices. Thousands of employees are expected to move to the company's Woodcreek Complex on I-10 and North Dairy Ashford and to the Shell Technology Center on State Highway 6. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2017. Shell said, […]

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Third Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 1, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you're new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown […]

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Pearland Mom of Transgender Child Describes Journey to Acceptance

Posted on · LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country. The platform at this week's Republican convention in Cleveland includes language opposing gay marriage and bathroom use based on gender identity. A couple of months ago, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick publicly urged the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District to resign […]

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Hidden Beneath Houston — Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Opens to the Public

Posted on · The folks behind Buffalo Bayou Park have opened another attraction — and this time it's subterranean. What used to be an 87,500-square foot drinking water cistern built in 1926 has been brought up to code to allow the public to view the space and learn about Houston history. The cistern is a 90-year-old underground drinking […]

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What Ideas Does Houston’s New Flood Czar Have To Address Flooding?

Posted on · Greater Houston has experienced three major floods in less than 12 months. Following the latest "Tax Day Floods," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Steve Costello as "flood czar." News 88.7's Florian Martin sat down with the former Houston city council member and engineer at a cafe in Montrose. Costello says he was not expecting to […]

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What Happened To Houston’s ‘One Bin For All’ Program?

Posted on · The One Bin For All recycling campaign seems to have stalled. The Parker administration issued a report in late December indicating no company has been found to handle sorting; the Turner administration does not appear to be focused on it. If the One Bin For All program seems destined to be shelved, what would be […]