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HISD Proposals and William Fitzsimmons: Friday’s Show (June 12, 2015)

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote […]

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New Sheriff, New Beer & New Flights: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a new sheriff in town, to a new beer in town, and to soon-to-be new flights in town: we discuss The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of rotating “non-experts” includes: Aurora Losada, editor of La Voz de Houston; Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for the Houston Chronicle; […]

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Toll Roads and the Grand Parkway: Friday’s Show (May 15, 2015)

Posted on · Chances are, at some point, you’ve used some of the 132 miles of toll roads operated by the Harris County Toll Road Authority, from the Westpark Tollway, to the Katy managed lanes, the Sam Houston, and now a toll road to Tomball. There’s more either under construction or in the works. On this edition of […]

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HCC Restructuring and Matthew McConaughey’s Price Tag: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of non-experts to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Today: Aurora Losada of La Voz […]

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Hazing, the Alamo and a Sasquatch Attack: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of non-experts to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Today: Mary Flood, a Houston attorney […]

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Nurses, Colonias, and Lockpickers: Friday’s Show (March 20, 2015)

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we discuss intriguing developments in the week’s news with our rotating panel of “non-experts” who consider The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this edition of Houston Matters, “Native […]

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HERO Trial, Student Records and Houston at the Oscars: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of non-experts to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Today: Aurora Losada of La Voz […]

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Senate Rule Change, HERO Trial, and Oil Layoffs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From rule changes in the Texas Senate to the beginning of a trial over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, and from layoffs in the oil and gas industry to a temporary stoppage of work to remove bricks from a street in Freedmen’s Town: our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston […]

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HERO Trial, Cutting the Cable Cord, and the Houston Auto Show: Houston Matters for Friday, January 23, 2015

Posted on · Jury selection begins Monday, with opening statements to follow Tuesday, in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance trial in Harris County District Judge Robert Schaffer’s courtroom. Opponents of the ordinance allege the city wrongly invalidated thousands of signatures on their petition for a referendum on the law. Last week, Judge Schaffer granted the plaintiff’s request for […]

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Same Sex Marriage Appeal and Science Envoys: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Posted on · The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Friday in cases involving same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Last February, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the Lone Star state’s same sex marriage ban unconstitutional, saying it deprives citizens equal protection under the law. But he also elected to delay the effect of his […]

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Textbooks, Ebola, and Perry in Court: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Texas State Board of Education approving new social studies textbooks this week, to a brief Ebola scare at a Houston emergency room, to legal wrangling over a technicality in Governor Perry’s criminal case: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” include: […]

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Immigration in Houston, Generational Divide, and Louis Gossett, Jr: Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Posted on · After six years of stalled discussion and debate with Congressional Republicans over U.S. immigration policy, President Obama addressed the nation last night and shared his decision to defer the deportation of more than four million immigrants who entered the country illegally. The president characterizes the move as accountability, not amnesty. Congressional Republicans call it an […]