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Expert Helps Us Get a Grasp on Grammar

Posted on · Want to start an argument? Forget politics — just bring up the Oxford comma, or why there should be one or two spaces between sentences, or make the case that the word literally “literally” means figuratively. What is it about the English language and rules of style and grammar that get us so wound up […]

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How Further Reimbursement Cuts for Therapy Services Might Affect Patients

Posted on · New regulations concerning reimbursement rates for services like speech therapy take effect July 1. And some critics contend the cuts could push many providers out of business. Vicki Gilani, a speech-language pathologist in Houston, tells us what this might mean for her and her patients. During the 2015 legislative session, the budget committee voted to […]

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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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Abortion Lawsuit, Ethnic Studies Delay and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, August 4, 2014

Posted on · A federal trial is underway in Austin challenging the Constitutionality of abortion legislation which has effectively cut in half the number of abortion providers in the state of Texas. Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the reductions and the lawsuit. Also this hour: The Texas Board […]

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The State of Spanish-Language News in Houston

Posted on · A few weeks back, Spanish language newspaper Rumbo closed up shop here in Houston, publishing its last issue. Still, there are nearly two dozen Spanish language media outlets in Houston. It’s not just a Univision and Telemundo world anymore. But aside from the language itself, is the news that’s reported in Spanish different from the […]

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Organizations Aim to Improve Houston’s Literacy

Posted on · With Houston’s diversity and large immigrant population, it’s no surprise that illiteracy is a problem here. We meet representatives from two organizations working to improve literacy for both children and adults in Houston: Kathryn Bauchelle is a Program Director for Literacy Advance of Houston, which focuses on adult literacy challenges; and Robin Reagler is the Executive […]