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Regulating Refineries and How to Be A Texan: Wednesday’s Show (March 9, 2016)

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]

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What Does One-Hour Delivery Mean For Houston’s Future?

Posted on · It’s Cyber Monday. And maybe you’re one of the millions of Americans who plan to do some holiday shopping while at work. As online retail sales continue to climb, delivering them in two hours or less is climbing along with it. And that could have a significant impact on Greater Houston, which is built around […]

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Engineer Sounds the Alarm on Houston’s Aging Water Infrastructure

Posted on · We’ve all experienced a power outage for one reason or another – whether it’s a few minutes or hours. And, unfortunately, being in hurricane country, some Houstonians have had to experience being without power for days or more after a big storm. But what if you had to do without running water for that long? […]

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The Future of Coal and Our Aging Water Infrastructure: Monday’s Show (September 28, 2015)

Posted on · It’s sort of overlooked here in Greater Houston amid a prominent oil and gas industry, but we do still have coal-fired power plants. And a recent report from the Sierra Club is singling out one such plant in Fort Bend County. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the Sierra Club about why […]

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Former Milwaukee Mayor Offers Outsider’s Look into Houston’s Urban Space

Posted on · John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, thinks Houston should get rid of the Pierce Elevated. Why should we care what he has to say? Well, he’s an author, a longtime proponent of removing freeways from urban centers, and he’ll speak about just that tonight (Sept. 22, 2015) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Norquist […]

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Texas Lyceum: Identifying the Next Generation of Texas Leaders

Posted on · Since 1980, the Texas Lyceum has sought to identify and develop the next generation of leaders in Texas. It’s a non-profit, non-partisan board of 96 people from all across the state. The association selects its own members, who seek to educate themselves on a variety of issues. The Lyceum conducts public forums, publishes a journal […]

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As Houston Grows, How Do City Services Manage to Keep Up?

Posted on · In the 1970s, the city of Houston faced a building boom coupled with an infrastructure inadequate to cover basic needs. The city’s only play at the time was to shut down development inside the loop. Now, decades later, as building in the loop is finally starting to catch up with growth outside the loop, how […]