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What the Civil War Can Teach Us About Treating Today’s Veterans

Posted on · A new book from Sam Houston State University Professor Brian Jordan examines the challenges Union veterans faced at the completion of the Civil War, and how those challenges continue for today's men and women in the armed forces. We talk with Dr. Jordan about his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War. […]

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Skip Your Freshman Year? Why Some Texas State Colleges Are Giving it a Try

Posted on · What if there was a way for incoming college students to pass tests for college credit to essentially bypass their Freshman year and save tuition? That’s the plan of Texas State University System (the system that oversees schools like Texas State University, Sam Houston State University, Lamar University and Sul Ross State University) where they’re […]

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Why Are Murder Rates Up in 2015?

Posted on · Back in March, following a stretch of several murders in just over a day, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department's homicide division told the Houston Chronicle he was expecting "a heavy summer" for homicides. That comment prompted the Houston Matters team to wonder how much murder rates correspond to the seasons here – are […]

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How Do We React to Impending Storms — Is it Appropriate or Too Much Hype?

Posted on · Whenever there's a storm headed our way, we respond in a number of ways. Many Houstonians heed warnings of public officials to shelter in place if the storm is particularly serious. Others flaunt such warnings and make up their own minds about how dangerous a coming storm may be. Some media seek to explain what's […]

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Sam Houston State Marks 50 Years as a Leader in Criminal Justice Studies

Posted on · Fifty years ago George Beto, the director of the Texas Department of Corrections and Arleigh Templeton, then president of Sam Houston State College, lobbied the Texas Legislature to establish an Institute of Contemporary Corrections and Behavioral Science. This program would aim to lead the nation in the study of criminology, corrections and behavioral research. Today, […]

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The Number of Millionaires in Houston is Growing — Is that Good or Bad?

Posted on · A study from New World Wealth reported Houston has the fastest growing community of multi-millionaires in the country. While that might sound good, does this mean our income divide is growing wider — or does a rising tide really raise all boats? And how did CEO compensation packages actually grow to this level, not to […]

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What’s the History of Smuggling Along the U.S.-Mexico Border?

Posted on · Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande examines at the history of smuggling back and forth between the Mexico and Texas border for the past 100 years. Author George Díaz, Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, spoke with Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps about his new book.

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Does Houston’s Economic Growth Have a Dark Side?

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping […]

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The Delanos: The Family Behind the Roosevelts

Posted on · Ken Burns’ latest documentary, The Roosevelts, premieres Sunday night on Houston Public Meda, TV 8, and continues all next week. Of course, one of the most famous Roosevelts was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But have you ever wondered where the name Delano comes from? Turns out, the Delano family, perhaps overshadowed by the Roosevelts, have their […]

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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 […]