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How Do You Make Grand Juries in Harris County More Diverse?

Posted on · Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson wants to see a change in how grand juries are selected. Grand juries of 12 people determine whether enough evidence exists to formally charge a suspect with a crime. Currently in Texas, judges are tasked with impaneling them, but it’s a time-consuming process. So, some name friends as “grand […]

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Grand Jury System and Pet Care: Monday’s show (February 23, 2015)

Posted on · Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson wants to see a change in how grand juries are selected. Grand juries of 12 people determine whether enough evidence exists to formally charge a suspect with a crime. Currently in Texas, judges are tasked with impaneling them, but it’s a time-consuming process. So, some name friends as “grand […]

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What Do We Value More — Our Safety or Our Privacy?

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners Court is approving District Attorney Devon Anderson’s nearly $2 million plan to purchase hundreds of body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies. Calls to equip law enforcement with body cameras come in the wake of the police shootings in Missouri and Indiana. We discuss public safety measures that prompt […]

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Safety v. Privacy, College Suicide and The Flatlanders: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners Court is approving District Attorney Devon Anderson’s nearly $2 million plan to purchase hundreds of body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies. Calls to equip law enforcement with body cameras come in the wake of the police shootings in Missouri and Indiana. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Election Poll Reveals Where Houstonians Stand on Statewide and Local Races

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a new Houston PublicMedia/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures and decriminalizing marijuana. Rice University’s Bob Stein joins us to break down public opinion on these issues […]

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Election Poll Results, Pet Care and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a Houston Public Media/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures, decriminalizing marijuana and even what should be done with the Astrodome. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Troops to the Border, No Refusals & Houston’s First Parklet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Gov. Perry sending members of the National Guard to the Texas – Mexico border, to an expansion of Harris County’s “no refusal” DUI prevention weekends to Houston’s smallest park — its first so-called “parklet” — we parse the good, the bad and the ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts […]

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What’s Right and Wrong About Executions in Texas, and Are Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty Changing in the Lone Star State?

Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he’s developmentally disabled, according to testing results apparently […]