Houston Matters

County plans to sue over allegations it was defunding the police (Aug. 31, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday’s show: We learn about the latest salvo in a battle over Harris County's budget and allegations from state officials that county officials are defunding the police. Then, we discuss that and other developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

Criminal Justice

Harris County Sheriff’s Office launches surveillance-sharing program to combat crime

Posted on · The sheriff's office says participation in the SafeCam program is free and voluntary and that participants will not be required to provided requested camera footage, but the setup raises questions about privacy and information control, according to two privacy rights advocacy organizations.

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Hidalgo staffers hope to disqualify DA Kim Ogg from prosecuting their case (June 3, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Two staffers for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo are asking that District Attorney Kim Ogg be disqualified from prosecuting their case, which involves a controversial COVID-19 outreach contract. We learn why. And the new Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Houston Field Office discusses his job and efforts to fight crime in the area.

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Solar power and grid resilience, and MacGyver the Musical (Feb. 11, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Possible missed opportunities for grid resilience, the challenges 3D printed guns create for law enforcement, and MacGyver the Musical makes its world premiere at Stages Houston.

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Can technology fill the void where more police officers are needed? (Dec. 15, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The city considers new technology that identifies where and when shots are fired and alerts police. Can it fill the void of additional law enforcement personnel the city can’t afford?

Immigration

Gonzalez’s nomination for ICE director, in limbo for months, could soon go back to square one

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez was nominated in April and approved by a Senate committee in August. The Senate has until the end of December to hold a floor vote before the entire process has to start over.