Good, Bad and Ugly

New Rules for the Homeless, and Gov. Abbott’s Gang Plan: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Houston City Council Bans Public Encampments For the Homeless

Posted on · The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tents and cooking devices that can be a fire hazard in public areas. Another ordinance on panhandling will prohibit people from blocking roadways or sidewalks. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz reports that police officers could make arrests after giving warnings, citations and consulting […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Removing the Homeless from Houston’s Streets, and Harris County Opts out of 287(g): The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Comedy Concert Benefits Veterans and Their Service Dogs

Posted on · Some things in this world are incredibly complicated. Others are simple. Take military veterans and mental health. We don’t always know when a veteran is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some seek out help from the V.A. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) only to experience delays. Some struggle so much they end up homeless. Others […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for December 3, 2016

Posted on · Houston Matters was ground zero for the launch of Public Media’s year-long DiverseCity initiative, an ongoing look at the many was race effects our lives in Houston. We started with an hour-long town hall to talk about law enforcement and people of color intersect. We hear an excerpt of that dialogue. Our guests include: Harris County […]

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Helping the Homeless — Or Sanitizing Things for the Super Bowl?

Posted on · Addressing homelessness is an ongoing challenge in Greater Houston, but with the eyes of the nation on the Bayou City during the upcoming Super Bowl, are we likely to see increased attention paid to the city’s homeless initiatives? We ask Eva Thibaudeau, director of programs for Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless.

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Selling the Pension Plan, and Helping the Homeless: Thursday’s Show (November 10, 2016)

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago, the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the proposal will lower […]

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Touring a Housing Project for Houston’s Homeless Vets

Posted on · You may remember some initiatives we’ve covered aimed at addressing the city’s homelessness issue. In 2014, a goal was announced to end chronic homelessness for non-veterans by this year. But that effort may have been dwarfed a bit by the city’s declaration last year that veteran homelessness was “effectively over.” As we learned, that meant […]

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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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From Homeless Student To College Graduate

Posted on · For most students, school is place to learn and socialize with friends. But it can mean much more for kids who don’t have a home. In Texas, more than 65,000 students are considered homeless. By the time she was 17 years old, Crystal Lovings had bounced from her father to her grandmother to child protective services […]

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Oversight of City Jails and J.R. Richard: Tuesday’s Show (June 30, 2015)

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes; some years you’re up, others you’re down. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a roller coaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s, and […]