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The New Space Race and Bobcat Goldthwait: Friday’s Show (September 25, 2015)

Posted on · During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a space race. In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The next year, in response, the U.S. established NASA and began the Mercury program. The Soviets put the first man in space. The U.S. was the […]

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Gambling, Spaceport Update, and Dog Park Visit: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Posted on · State Representative Carol Alvarado of Houston is sponsoring a measure during this legislative session that would create a Texas Gaming Commission. The commission could establish casino gambling in resort areas and in major cities, including Houston. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Harris County and the city of Houston have begun to tackle illegal gambling using […]

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Alcohol and Gun Sales, Free Airport Wi-Fi, and Anatomically Correct Sculptures: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · This week: gun rights groups and gun control groups agreed on something — that the TABC should not allow alcohol to be sold at some venues where gun sales take place, both Houston airports now have free Wi-Fi, ground was broken at the new SpaceX spaceport in Brownsville, and some folks are upset saying the […]

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What Will the New Spaceport in South Texas Mean for the Region?

Posted on · SpaceX made it official this week: as expected, it will build a new spaceport near Brownsville in South Texas. It’s been a well-known fact for some time that Brownsville was the lone finalist for the project. But now it’s official, pending some final legalities. To help us understand those final details – and to get […]

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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]

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Could Ellington Field Someday Serve As a Spaceport?

Posted on · Another proposed future transportation project would allow travelers to leave Houston…vertically. Houston Airport System officials say they’re going to turn Ellington Airport into a spaceport. Officials say they the spaceport could be up and running as early as 2017, which means sending passengers into space from Houston may not be too far off. HAS is […]

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High Speed Rail, Space Port, Crowdfunding, and the Ring Cycle: Houston Matters for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Posted on · Former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels is behind an effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. The mayors of those cities, late last month, expressed their unified support for the project. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build the rail line back […]