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Full Show: Sports Betting In Texas, And ‘How To Walk Away’ (May 15, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn how a major ruling on sports betting might affect Texas. Then, a new report says Houston can't expect all the oil jobs lost in the latest downturn to return. Plus, we get an update on transportation issues in the region. We learn about a summit addressing sexual harassment. And Houston writer Katherine Center discusses her new novel, How To Walk Away.

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No Historical Racing: Friday’s Show (March 4, 2016)

Posted on · Back in September (Sept. 11, 2015), we discussed the concept of  “historical racing.” It’s a practice at Texas racetracks where old horse races are replayed on a screen with no identifying traits that would allow you to recognize the race, the horse or the outcome. It allows players to bet on a simulation of a real race […]

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Could Gambling in Texas Be Legal in the Near Future?

Posted on · A recent survey says nearly 60 percent of voters in Texas are in favor of expanding legalized gambling in the state. We delve into the pros and cons of such expansion and discuss the past, present, and possible future of gambling in the state. We talk with State Rep. Carol Alvarado of Houston, Rob Kohler, consultant for the […]

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Expanding Gambling and Zelda Symphony: Wednesday’s Show (October 21, 2015)

Posted on · A recent survey says nearly 60 percent of voters in Texas are in favor of expanding legalized gambling in the state. We delve into the pros and cons of such expansion on this edition of Houston Matters. We also discuss the past, present, and possible future of gambling in the state.

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Grier Resignation, Race Tracks and Pops Concerts: Friday’s Show (September 11, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier will step down March 1. He made that announcement Thursday, saying “it’s time.” On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about reaction to Grier’s announcement, and his tenure leading the nation’s 7th largest school district (and the largest in Texas) from News 88.7 FM education reporter […]

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What Kinds of Gambling Are Legal in Greater Houston?

Posted on · State Representative Carol Alvarado of Houston is sponsoring a measure during this legislative session that would create a Texas Gaming Commission. The commission could establish casino gambling in resort areas and in major cities, including Houston. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Harris County and the city of Houston have begun to tackle illegal gambling using […]