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Blue Bell and Texas Mutual Investigations: Wednesday’s Show (September 16, 2015)

Posted on · Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle ran an investigative report examining long-term safety and sanitation issues at Blue Bell ice cream’s flagship Brehnam plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tainted Blue Bell products have sickened at least 13 people since 2010. Among them, three died after being hospitalized with other illnesses. Chronicle investigative […]

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METRO Addresses Spike In Accidents Along Light Rail Lines

Posted on · On Monday, a METRORail train collided with a minivan near the Texas Medical Center at the intersection of Fannin and Dryden, according to KPRC Channel 2. Unfortunately, such accidents aren’t unheard of. In June, for example, METRO investigated 17 accidents on its light rail lines. The accidents involved cars, pedestrians and a bike. Two of […]

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How is the City of Houston Making Biking and Walking Safer?

Posted on · Over the past couple of days, we’ve talked with advocates for cyclists and pedestrians about ongoing concerns over accidents and fatalities involving Houstonians walking or riding bikes around town, and a general feeling that Houston is still not a particularly easy place to get around on foot or on a bicycle. Jay Blazek Crossley, a policy […]

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HPD Chief McClelland Discusses Crime and Policing in Houston

Posted on · A little under a year ago we spoke with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia about crime in Houston. We looked at how it’s investigated, how it’s monitored, what are some of the trends in crime that are on the rise and what trends seem to be declining. Today it’s time […]

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What Do We Value More — Our Safety or Our Privacy?

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners Court is approving District Attorney Devon Anderson’s nearly $2 million plan to purchase hundreds of body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies. Calls to equip law enforcement with body cameras come in the wake of the police shootings in Missouri and Indiana. We discuss public safety measures that prompt […]

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Safety v. Privacy, College Suicide and The Flatlanders: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners Court is approving District Attorney Devon Anderson’s nearly $2 million plan to purchase hundreds of body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies. Calls to equip law enforcement with body cameras come in the wake of the police shootings in Missouri and Indiana. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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National Safety Council Chief Discusses Texting and Driving and Workplace Safety

Posted on · Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, who stopped by Houston recently. The non-profit safety advocate is focusing on efforts to encourage safe driving, as well as workplace safety. Hersman explains why Texas is of specific interest to the NSC.

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Silver Alerts Help Locate Missing and Endangered Seniors

Posted on · We’ve all seen the Silver Alert notifications on billboards as we drive around the Greater Houston region indicating a senior is missing, perhaps disoriented or impaired in some way, and might be at risk to themselves or to others. We learn what triggers those alerts, how the system works, and what we can do to try to prevent such situations.

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Is Houston a Safe Place to Live and Work?

Posted on · How do you determine where Houston is a safe place to live, work or walk around? A 2013 poll conducted by Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index said that 63 percent of Houstonians feel safe. That’s lower than the national average of 72 percent. And according to the Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey, crime as a number one […]