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City Crime Lab Update

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner recently addressed a reported number of rape kits that have gone untested. This isn’t the first time there’s been such a backlog at the Houston Forensic Science Center. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Dr. Peter Stout, chief operating officer and vice president of the Houston Forensic Science Center about the backlog and discussions […]

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The State of Houston’s Environment: Thursday’s show (April 14, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in energy and the environment, with News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling.

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Board Members Overseeing Houston’s Crime Lab Discuss its Past, Present, and Future

Posted on · The Houston Forensic Science Center is a local corporation created in 2012 to provide independent forensic services to law enforcement agencies, primarily the Houston Police Department. In 2014, the independent forensic operation took over what were formerly HPD’s Crime Scene Unit, Crime Lab, and part of its Identification Division. The crime lab is governed by […]

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Crude Oil Export Ban and Biggio in Hall of Fame: Monday’s show (July 27, 2015)

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Houston’s City Council must either repeal the city’s equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. That ruling follows a state district judge ruling three months ago that opponents of the non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. The state […]

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Houston’s Crime Lab, the Supreme Court of Texas, & the Houston Aces: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Forensic Science Center – Houston’s crime lab – is being overseen these days by an independent board, which hired Dr. Daniel Garner to run it. Garner formerly managed the forensics lab for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Dr. Garner and chairman Scott Hochberg about […]

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Houston To Create Independent Crime Lab

Posted on · Houston officials are poised to create an independent crime lab separate from the Houston Police Department. Later this morning Houston councilmembers will vote to create a local government corporation to oversee the Houston Forensic Science Center.