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Do Changes to Council Elections in Pasadena Disenfranchise Latinos?

Posted on · The City of Pasadena has changed the way it elects city council members. But the new approach has not been welcomed by some who believe the change has diluted the minority vote. We hear from an attorney representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city. We also talk over the legal implications of the change […]

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Voter ID Law Impact and Health Inspections: Wednesday’s Show (August 19, 2015)

Posted on · According to a joint study released this month by Rice University and the University of Houston, the state’s voter ID requirements might have impacted the outcome of a congressional race by keeping voters in an Hispanic-majority district — many of whom had proper ID — from going to the polls. On this edition of Houston […]

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Pasadena Schools Experiment with ‘Charlas’ To Help Students By Coaching Their Parents

Posted on · It’s a common refrain in education circles: kids will do better in school if their parents are engaged in the educational process. However, an experiment in Pasadena is putting that concept to the test, by coaching parents in informal sessions called “charlas.” We learn about them, and discuss their potential impact with Houston Public Media […]

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Mickey Gilley’s Long Road To Country Success Went Through Houston

Posted on · Country music artist Mickey Gilley grew up singing alongside his cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart in Louisiana. Music was always going to be a part of his life, but it took him some time to achieve the success of Lewis and Swaggart. After marrying and becoming a father at a young age, he found his […]

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Littering, Human Rights First, and Mickey Gilley: Houston Matters for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Posted on · If you’re relatively new to Texas, you may not be aware that the phrase “Don’t Mess with Texas” was originally a slogan used in ad campaigns in the 1980s to reduce littering on Texas roads. And it worked. In the late ’80s, there was a significant, noticeable decrease in trash on Texas highways. But as […]