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Social Security, Solar Energy, and Ulysses (Yes, Really): Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Posted on · Texas Congressman Kevin Brady wants to change a long-standing provision of Social Security to provide more benefits to some public sector employees who work second jobs. He’s pushing for passage of a bill called The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act to repeal and replace the Windfall Elimination Provision first passed back in the 1980s. On […]

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Housing in Houston, Political Roundtable, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Posted on · According to the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report, Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” next year. The ranking is based on factors like investment, development and homebuilding prospects. According to the ULI website, “Houston offers a significant amount of investment opportunity” for folks […]

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Take a Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright House For Sale in Houston

Posted on · Not many architects’ names summon automatic recognition — but Frank Lloyd Wright’s does however. Born after the end of the Civil War, he trained with Adler and Sullivan, a Chicago architecture firm. He built his first home in Oak Park, a suburb of the Windy City and the home was punctuated by Wright’s now signature […]

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Our Handymen Answer Your Home Repair Questions

Posted on · We answer your home maintenance questions — any questions you may have about home repair or maintenance of your single-family home will be welcome, from shutters to roofs, plumbing to insulating, building additions to addressing wear and tear. Our expert handymen are: Kyle Pentecost, owner of One Call Home Handyman, and Terry DiDonato, owner of Manly Made […]

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A Long Walk Home: Writer Walks from Galveston to Marfa

Posted on · There are a lot of transplants in Houston as of late. And in general these days people don’t often tend to stay in one place for long. So the decision to settle down for good – and choosing where – can be a weighty one. Such was the case for Texas writer Joshua Edwards who took […]

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More Houstonians Are Beating Traffic By Working From Home

Posted on · Sometimes the traffic in Houston just makes you want to stay home from work. Some companies are making it easier for employees to do just that by offering the option to telecommute. We learn about telecommuting in Houston and welcome your questions for Veronica Baxter-Lamb, Transportation Program Coordinator for the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Commute Solutions initiative, John […]

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What Are the Virtues of Alternative Education — Montessori, Homeschooling & Online?

Posted on · You may have heard that this is “School Choice Week” – it’s an awareness campaign to promote alternative education options. Some see that as code for school vouchers. For others, it represents a desire to highlight the fact there are lots of educational options out there. It’s with the latter in mind that we highlight […]

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Foster Home Shortage in Houston

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]

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Optimistic about Houston Home Sales

Posted on · Home sales in the Houston area fell again in July, but not as much as before. Experts point to the sale of foreclosed homes as the reason. Last month the decline was about half of what it was at the beginning of the year. One realtor says buyers are back out in the marketplace. Pat Hernandez has more.