Houston Matters

Partnership Unites the Many Organizations that Help Houston’s Homeless

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner launched an initiative that encourages giving to organizations that assist the homeless — instead of giving to panhandlers. With downtown Houston as a backdrop, the mayor unveiled a billboard for a campaign called “Meaningful Change – Not Spare Change.” As News 88.7’s Florian Martin reported, the mayor said while Houstonians […]

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Pumping Away Rainwater, and Actress Kate Shindle of ‘Fun Home’ — Friday’s Show (May 19, 2017)

Posted on · What are some new ways we could deal with excess rain water in Greater Houston after we have severe weather? For one, Harris County is studying the possibility of using high-powered pumps to move excess water into aquifers – or even old oil wells. The water would be preserved for later if – and when […]

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Houston City Council Bans Public Encampments For the Homeless

Posted on · The Houston City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tents and cooking devices that can be a fire hazard in public areas. Another ordinance on panhandling will prohibit people from blocking roadways or sidewalks. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz reports that police officers could make arrests after giving warnings, citations and consulting […]

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Panhandling, Kai Ryssdal, Men’s Health and Ronnie Milsap: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Posted on · The police chief in San Antonio made headlines earlier this month by proposing a city ordinance making it illegal to give to panhandlers. Panhandling itself is already illegal in many places and scenarios in the city, but the ordinance — should it pass — would make it a Class C misdemeanor to hand money out […]

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Giving to Panhandlers and Jadeveon Clowney’s Injury: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a proposal to outlaw the practice of giving money to panhandlers in San Antonio, to the injury of Texans draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, to the Art Car Parade moving to April: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” features: Houston Chronicle writer and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell […]

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Domestic Violence, Bilingual Teachers, and the Delanos: Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Posted on · This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act. The occasion comes the same week Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the surfacing of a second video showing him hitting his wife Janay (they were not married at the time of the incident; […]