Houston Matters

Adding more prosecutors, staying in flood-prone areas, and actor Kal Penn (Jan. 13, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: The case for more prosecutors at the DA's office, a new book follows several Houston families repeatedly rocked by flooding, and actor Kal Penn talks about his career and about changing the way Indian-Americans are depicted in TV and film.

City Hall

Mayor Turner’s handling of a development deal went unaddressed at a special council meeting that focused on the housing department’s budget

Posted on · The hearing revealed that a city housing program was millions overbudget under former housing Director Tom McCasland, but did not touch on any allegations that the mayor influenced an affordable housing process to favor a preferred developer.

The Harding Street Raid

Federal Judge In Houston Orders Review Of Harding Street Raid Evidence In Lawsuit

Posted on · The ruling came during the civil case filed by the family of Pecan Park residents Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nichols, who were shot and killed during a no-knock drug raid orchestrated by disgraced former Houston Police officer Gerald Goines.

Criminal Justice

Harris County Leaders Back Pardoning George Floyd For 2004 Drug Arrest

Posted on · The five members of Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the resolution in support of the pardon request, which was submitted last month to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Politics

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Blasts Harris County Judges, Leadership In Press Conference After Miami Job Announcement

Posted on · With violent crime increasing in the city, Acevedo called the current criminal justice system in Houston "a failure," blaming judges, the district attorney, and "people who run the county that don’t care enough to actually fight back.”