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Should the Plan to Repurpose the Astrodome Be Put Up for a Vote?

Posted on · Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]

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Voting on the Astrodome Plan, and Houston’s New Drug Policy: Monday’s Show (Feb. 27, 2017)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]

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Checking in On Changes to the State’s Sex Offender Agency

Posted on · The state agency responsible for supervising, monitoring and providing treatment for the most violent sex offenders in Texas has been undergoing some sweeping changes in the past year. Among the challenges the revamped Office of Violent Sex Offender Management was facing included: a shortage of housing for offenders once released from prison, and a perception that the […]

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Grand Jury System and Pet Care: Monday’s show (February 23, 2015)

Posted on · Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson wants to see a change in how grand juries are selected. Grand juries of 12 people determine whether enough evidence exists to formally charge a suspect with a crime. Currently in Texas, judges are tasked with impaneling them, but it’s a time-consuming process. So, some name friends as “grand […]

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Is Truancy a Matter for Criminal Courts?

Posted on · Texas and Wyoming are the only U.S. states that will prosecute kids in adult criminal court for failing to attend school. Opponents of Texas’ truancy law characterize it not as a way to properly address truancy but rather the establishment of dropout courts. Lawmakers sought to change the system in 2013; Governor Perry vetoed legislation […]