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Harris County Jail and World’s Largest Volcano: Tuesday’s Show (December 15, 2015)

Posted on · Throughout 2015, Houston Chronicle reporters have reviewed more than a thousand disciplinary reports at the Harris County Jail and found guards used excessive force or abused their authority more than 120 times. While in about half of the cases where jail staff were disciplined (ranging from 2010 to the spring of 2015) they've rarely been […]

Houston Matters

Government Extension Revives Hopes of Keeping St. Joseph Medical Center Open

Posted on · St. Joseph Medical Center downtown staved off possible closure last week (Nov. 24, 2015), after receiving an extension on a deadline from the federal government. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is giving St. Joseph until Jan. 15 to come up with a plan to correct some issues the agency says put patients in jeopardy. […]

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Traffic Stop Bias and Where to Eat Late: Wednesday’s Show (December 2, 2015)

Posted on · An analysis of Texas DPS data on traffic stops from 2003 to 2014 show black drivers in the Lone Star State are more likely to be searched than white drivers, and less likely to be let go with a warning. The Austin American-Statesman reported late last month (Nov. 22, 2015) researchers at the University of […]

Health & Science

Fighting Closure, St. Joseph Medical Center Will Submit ‘Improvement Plan’ To Feds

Posted on · Houston’s only downtown hospital will ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to continue reimbursements beyond a Dec. 3 threatened cut-off. The hospital is finalizing a “system improvement plan” after a series of failed federal inspections and the Aug. 27 shooting of an unarmed, combative patient.

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Preparing for Campus Carry: Friday’s Show (October 23, 2015)

Posted on · In August of next year (Aug. 1, 2016), the state’s new campus carry law takes effect. Passed in the legislative session this past spring, it will allow those with concealed handgun permits (who are required to be 21 and older) to carry concealed weapons on some college campuses. Private schools have the ability to opt […]

Houston Matters

Texas Moves To Remove Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program

Posted on · The State of Texas is removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, leaving the state’s low-income women on Medicaid unable to seek medical services there unrelated to abortion, including cervical cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The move comes in reaction to undercover videos released by the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical […]

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Planned Parenthood Dropped from Medicaid: Tuesday’s Show (October 20, 2015)

Posted on · The State of Texas is removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, leaving the state’s low-income women on Medicaid unable to seek medical services there unrelated to abortion, including cervical cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The move comes in reaction to undercover videos released by the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical […]

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Will Medicaid Cuts Force Some Agencies to Cuts Services?

Posted on · Last session, state lawmakers cut millions in Medicaid funding to home health agencies and outpatient clinics providing what are known as acute care therapy programs, like physical and speech therapy. The reason? To match payments in other states and through private insurers. Therapy providers, however, believe the cuts (reports estimate anywhere from $200-350 million, perhaps […]

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HISD Enrollment Caps and Historic Preservation: Monday’s Show (August 17, 2015)

Posted on · The first day of school for Houston Independent School District students is just a week away. Yet, some parents with elementary-age children in the district are confronting some uncertainty as to where their child will be going for the rest of the school year. That's because HISD is cracking down on class sizes in K-4 […]