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Refugee Resettlement and Uncovering Frost Town: Houston Matters Weekend for October 29, 2016

Posted on · On Sept. 30, 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on whether […]

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What’s Threatening the Monarch Butterfly?

Posted on · Former First Lady Laura Bush is calling on Texans to improve the habitat for monarch butterflies. Mrs. Bush founded a statewide initiative called Texan by Nature, a community-run conservation effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently studying the monarch to determine if it should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. By some estimates, […]

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Economic Opportunity and Student Debate Advice: Wednesday’s Show (September 21, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of […]

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Campus Carry, Halliburton Layoffs, and Saving Butterflies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the legislature taking up another measure that would allow licensed, concealed firearms on Texas college campuses, to 5,000-6,000 layoffs at Halliburton; and from re-imagining Houston’s bus routes to saving the endangered monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised this […]

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Happy Houston and WWII Love Letters: Friday’s show (February 13, 2015)

Posted on · It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed poverty, crime, guns, missing persons, the homeless – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a little break from the trials and tribulations of […]