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Report: Texas CPS is Failing to Protect the State’s Most Vulnerable Children

Posted on · Kristopher Sharp entered the foster care system in Texas when he was 10 years old. Until he aged out of the system at 18, he was placed in 20 different foster homes, mostly group homes. Along the way, he suffered abuse. He says face-to-face visits with Child Protective Services caseworkers were rare. We talk with […]

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Child Protective Services and Texas Hill Country Wineries: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Posted on · Kristopher Sharp entered the foster care system in Texas when he was 10 years old. Until he aged out of the system at 18, he was placed in 20 different foster homes, mostly group homes. Along the way, he suffered abuse. He says face-to-face visits with Child Protective Services caseworkers were rare. On this edition […]

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Why Are Incidents at the Port of Houston Rarely Formally Investigated?

Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two other Ship Channel accidents. On this edition of […]

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Largely Invisible Tank Cleaning Industry Awash in Risk

Posted on · Rail cars, tanks and barges are routinely used to ship chemicals. These chemicals are key to the manufacture of all manner of everyday materials, from plastics to paint. Eventually, these cars, tankers and barges have to be cleaned, a procedure that is largely unregulated and raises health and safety concerns. As the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday, […]

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Teachers Cheating and The Astros Get a Zero Rating: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From recognition of online transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s office, to HISD’s findings in an investigation into cheating by teachers on high-stakes testing, to a recent Houston Astros’ TV broadcast garnering a 0.0 rating, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of Houston news, with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” Joining us today: Business Makers radio host Russ Capper, Texas Leftist blogger […]

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What’s Being Done to Address and Prevent Crime in Houston?

Posted on · When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; nearly […]

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Death & Injury: The Hidden Cost of Houston’s Oil Boom

Posted on · On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reported on some of the negative consequences of Greater Houston’s oil boom. While regulations have been strengthened in recent years for off-shore oil drilling – in particular following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill – on-shore drilling remains, as one Houston attorney puts it: “the wild west.” We talk […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 16, 2013

Posted on · Houston is a city constantly in flux, redefining itself, rethinking itself. In a community and – let’s face it – a society constantly on the move, we can sometimes lose historical and cultural experiences along the way. From Astroworld’s carousel (left) to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store, from homes and offices to hotels, stores, and […]