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Negotiating Firefighter Contracts: What Are the Sticking Points?

Posted on · Negotiation and litigation are a part of life for city and county authorities here in Greater Houston. Unionized employees seek better pay and conditions; city and county residents seek court intervention when they believe government entities are acting improperly. This includes Houston’s firefighters, who negotiate salaries and hiring with the city, and pensions with the state. […]

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A Year After Firefighter Deaths, What Were the Lessons Learned?

Posted on · Four Houston firefighters were killed while combating a motel fire in southwest Houston on May 31, 2013. It was the most catastrophic loss of life the Houston Fire Department had ever experienced in a single incident. More than a year later,  we talk with Terry Garrison, Chief of the Houston Fire Department, about lessons learned from […]

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Oil Traffic Deaths, Fire Chief, and Gangs in the Burbs: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Posted on · The revolution in oil and natural gas production has been a windfall for trucking companies and commercial drivers across the state. But it’s also led to a surge in fatal accidents on Texas highways. All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider and the Houston Chronicle’s Lise Olsen have collaborated in a series […]

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City Council Passes 2015 Budget

Posted on · The Houston City Council Wednesday passed a budget for 2015 which will, among other things, set aside more than ten million dollars for pothole repairs, add animal control officers, and hire an expert to investigate how best to staff the Houston Fire Department. (Firefighters and the city are currently at odds over a new contract […]

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Houston Budget Update, Louisiana Transplants, Public Defenders, and Astroworld Memories: Houston Matters for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Posted on · NOTE: Houston Matters was pre-empted at noon today by President Obama’s news conference. But you can hear the entire show here after 3pm, or on Houston Public Media news 88.7 tonight at 10. The Houston City Council Wednesday passed a budget for 2015 which will, among other things, set aside more than ten million dollars for pothole […]

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A Year After Firefighter Deaths, Colleagues and Family Members Are Still Dealing with the Tragedy

Posted on · A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them. An investigation into what happened that day will wrap […]

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Firefighter Anniversary, Civil Rights Act & Houston Hackathon: Houston Matters for Wed., May 28, 2014

Posted on · A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them. An investigation into what happened that day will […]