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Treasures of ‘Frost Town’ Unearthed Near Minute Maid Park

Posted on · The Texas Department of Transportation does more than build roads and paint yellow lines. TxDOT also preserves sensitive archaeological sites in the path of highways and bridges. The man in charge of that is Jason Barrett. He’s an environmental specialist in archaeological studies in TxDOT’s environmental affairs division. Lately, he’s been learning about one of […]

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‘I Make Things Blow Up’ — Meet the Pyrotechnician for the Astros

Posted on · We meet Richard Welch, the pyrotechnician who operates the fireworks at Minute Maid Park during Houston Astros games. During each game, he sits in a perch near the left field foul pole and waits for the Astros to hit a home run. Then he flips a switch and pulls a trigger. That fires a single […]

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TTIP, Reporter Roundtable, and Bob Ford: Friday’s Show (June 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership aims to streamline trade between the United States and the European Union. With so much international trade going through the Port of Houston, how will this deal affect the Greater Houston region? On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask the pro-business Greater Houston Partnership’s Horacio Licon. He’s the […]

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Astros Call Up Top Draft Pick Amidst Four-Game Skid

Posted on · When the Houston Astros take on the White Sox in Chicago today (6/8/15), they’ll have a new player in the dugout with them: top prospect Carlos Correa. The team announced his promotion to the majors Sunday night. In stops at Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno this season, the highly-touted infielder, whom the Astros drafted […]

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The Astrodome Revisited, Houston’s Other Old Ballparks, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Posted on · Last week, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Astrodome. Among the more recent developments – an application has been submitted seeking to designate the Dome as a "state antiquities landmark." The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic […]

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Houston and Mandela, Houston’s Performing Arts, and Facial Hair Clubs: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Posted on · Tributes continue to pour in around the world in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Houstonians are, of course, among those Mandela touched in his life. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll share what some have to say about the man, and what he said about how he […]