Houston Matters

Mask Mandates And The Battle Between State And Local Control (Aug. 12, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Harris County is joining other Texas municipalities in taking legal action against Gov. Abbott's executive orders banning mask and vaccine mandates, the latest salvo in a long-running battle over state and local control.

Energy & Environment

After Texans Died During The Power Outages, Harris County Launches Investigation Into Agencies That Run The State’s Energy Grid

Posted on · Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee said operators should have been prepared after 2011’s hard freeze that exposed weaknesses in Texas’ electrical grid system.

Full Show

Gang Safety Zones and Muscles in Space: Friday’s Show (May 6, 2016)

Posted on · In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as […]