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Public Integrity Unit and a Mega Starbucks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a change in the state’s Public Integrity Unit, to doing time in jail for not mowing your lawn, to the opening of a so-called “mega” Starbucks in Houston: a lot happens in a week here in Houston. That's why we turn to our panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, the Bad, and the […]

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Your Questions for the Mayor: Friday’s Show (April 10, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on today’s Houston Matters. While she does so from time to time, this will be her first visit of 2015. Among the developments since her last appearance in November of 2014: The rejection of one Houston Equal Rights Ordinance petition challenge was heard in court, […]

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Ship Channel Collision, Daylight Saving Time and JJ Watt’s Cabin: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a collision in the Ship Channel to a call to end daylight saving time to J.J. Watt's definition of a minimalist log cabin, a lot happens in a week here in Houston. That's why we turn to our panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. This […]

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City Charter and NOAA Sea Turtle Farm: Friday’s Show (March 13, 2015)

Posted on · Houston's City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council's meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city's revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking […]

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Campus Carry, Halliburton Layoffs, and Saving Butterflies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the legislature taking up another measure that would allow licensed, concealed firearms on Texas college campuses, to 5,000-6,000 layoffs at Halliburton; and from re-imagining Houston’s bus routes to saving the endangered monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts […]

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Happy Houston and WWII Love Letters: Friday’s show (February 13, 2015)

Posted on · It's been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed poverty, crime, guns, missing persons, the homeless – all important issues, to be sure. But let's face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a little break from the trials and tribulations of […]

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3D Printed Guns and Mattress Mack’s Latest Bet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From making guns with a 3D printer, to Mattress Mack’s latest promotional bet, to a surprise awaiting some female patrons in the ladies’ room at a restaurant at Surfside Beach: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised this week of: Russ Capper, founder […]

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Monorail, Code Red Report, and Social Media Impact on Mental Health: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Posted on · Business is bustling in neighborhoods near and along Westheimer toward Post Oak Boulevard. A lot of people work and shop in the Uptown/Galleria area, River Oaks, and surrounding communities. That also means a lot of traffic. A variety of ideas have been floated over the years to address such traffic snarls, including the idea of […]

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Movie Theater Fear, Body Cameras and a Sneaker Riot: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Sony’s decision to not release the movie The Interview after vague threats of violence after the studio was hacked, to the approval of body cameras on Harris County law enforcement, to a riot over sneakers: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised […]

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and The Nutcracker: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Posted on · From Sony’s decision to not release the movie The Interview after vague threats of violence after the studio was hacked, to the approval of body cameras on Harris County law enforcement, to a riot over sneakers: On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. […]

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Oil Layoffs, Holiday Travel and BBQ Blunders: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From some potential layoffs in the Houston oil and gas industry, to a bustling holiday travel season getting underway, to a journalist’s errors in an article about Texas barbecue: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news (albeit a shortened holiday week). Our panel of non-experts this week includes: […]

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Ferguson, and What We’re Thankful For in Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Posted on · A number of Houston community organizations are planning a rally in MacGregor Park at 5 p.m. today, in response to a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown back in August. Officials in and around Greater Houston are calling for peaceful protest. Rep. […]

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Klineberg on Houston’s Hispanics and Comedian W. Kamau Bell: Houston Matters for Friday, November 7, 2014

Posted on · Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice Sociology Professor and founding director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, unveils a new report today titled "Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston." The report examines the educational and economic experiences of different Hispanic communities in and around Houston, and explores the implications for their future, and […]

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Giving to Panhandlers and Jadeveon Clowney’s Injury: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a proposal to outlaw the practice of giving money to panhandlers in San Antonio, to the injury of Texans draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, to the Art Car Parade moving to April: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” features: Houston Chronicle writer and […]

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Domestic Violence, Bilingual Teachers, and the Delanos: Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Posted on · This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act. The occasion comes the same week Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the surfacing of a second video showing him hitting his wife Janay (they were not married at the time of the […]