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Full Show: Foster Care Ruling, and Actor Barry Bostwick on Rocky Horror (Oct. 19, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn about a court ruling on the state's foster care system. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's. And actor Barry Bostwick talks about his role in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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What’s Next for the State’s Foster Care System?

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Judge Orders Revamp of Texas Foster Care System to Continue

Posted on · Last week (March 21, 2016), the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. That ruling leaves intact a December 2015 ruling by Judge Janis Graham Jack, who declared the system “broken” and unconstitutional. In ordering the overhaul, Judge Jack […]

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Foster Care, Zoning, and Allergies: Wednesday’s Show (March 30, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (March 21, 2016), the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the Sttate of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. That ruling leaves intact a December 2015 ruling by Judge Janis Graham Jack, who declared the system “broken” and unconstitutional. In ordering the overhaul, Judge Jack […]

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New Counselors Aim to Help Foster Care Children Make the Transition to College

Posted on · During the last legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to encourage each college and university in the state to have a Foster Care Liaison Officer. The idea is to create a smoother transition to higher education for foster care students who age out of the system. Alvin Community College recently appointed their first Foster Care Liaison […]

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Power Outages, Pet Care, and Texans Thumped: Monday’s Show (January 11, 2016)

Posted on · Some residents in the Greater Houston suburb of Sienna Plantation, southwest of Houston, are predicting their power will go off any day now. How do they know? They say it happens all the time. They also complain state regulators are not helping them. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7 energy and environment reporter […]

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Foster Care Numbers are Dropping in Harris County — Is That Good or Bad News?

Posted on · While the number of children in foster care has increased nationwide in the last five years — and the population of Harris County has increased since 2010 — the number of kids in foster care in the county over that time has dropped annually, based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count data and numbers from […]

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Foster Care and Test Scores: Monday’s Show (November 9, 2015)

Posted on · While the number of children in foster care has increased nationwide in the last five years — and the population of Harris County has increased since 2010 — the number of kids in foster care in the county over that time has dropped annually, based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count data and numbers from […]