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‘Sandra Bland’ Bill Aims to Protect Minorities in Police Interactions

Posted on · (Above: Sandra Bland’s booking photo at the Waller County Jail from July 2015. Photo: Waller County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat, has introduced House Bill 2702 at the Texas Legislature, what many are calling the “Sandra Bland bill.” It aims to protect minorities and the mentally ill during interactions […]

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Making Houston Feel Smaller, and the Sandra Bland Bill: Friday’s Show (March 24, 2017)

Posted on · Greater Houston is, of course, a sprawling community. The nine county metropolitan area made up of Houston, The Woodlands and Sugar Land covers more than 1,600 square miles. It has a population of 6.7 million – and growing. That’s a lot of of people stretched over long distances with concrete highways and distinctive towns and […]

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Why Are Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions on the Rise in Harris County?

Posted on · According to the Houston-based Immunization Partnership, which advocates for parents to vaccinate their children, the number of non-medical vaccine exemptions filed in Harris County has increased 79 percent over the past five years. Nearly one-third of Texans between the ages of 19 to 35 months did not complete the vaccination series to protect them from […]

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School Finance, Vaccine Exemptions, and Pets: Monday’s Show (May 16, 2016)

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court declared the state’s school finance system is constitutional. The ruling ends more than four years of legal battles in the state’s largest-ever school finance case, in which more than 600 school districts sued the state arguing funding was unfairly distributed between rich and poor districts. A district judge agreed. […]

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Who Was Dick Dowling And Should Dowling Street Be Renamed?

Posted on · Earlier this month, State Rep. Garnet Coleman announced the beginning of an effort to change the name of Houston’s Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue. Dowling Street was named after Richard “Dick” Dowling, who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. But who exactly was Dick Dowling? Dr. Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history at Rice […]

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TEA, Dowling Street, and the Dynamo Decade: Thursday’s Show (October 22, 2015)

Posted on · Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he’s stepping down at the end of the year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss his legacy and the challenges ahead for his successor. We welcome your questions and comments for Kiah Collier, who reports on public education for the Texas Tribune. Then: An update […]