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George H.W. Bush Biographer, City Floods and ‘Prairie Home’ Host Chris Thile: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 4, 2017

Posted on · In his 2015 biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham explored how the nation’s 41st president has conducted himself throughout his life, through extensive interviews over a decade with the president, his family, friends, and colleagues. Meacham was also granted access to the former president’s audio diaries and […]

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Protecting Houston From Storm Surge and Flooding

Posted on · On Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2017), officials will gather to discuss protecting Houston from flooding and storm surge at a symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center. We get a preview from some of the panelists: Stephen Costello, the City of Houston’s Flood Czar, and Mary Anne Piacentini, executive director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

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Speeding Up the ‘Ike Dike’ Study, and the First African Americans at NASA: Tuesday’s Show (January 17, 2017)

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]

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What Ideas Does Houston’s New Flood Czar Have To Address Flooding?

Posted on · Greater Houston has experienced three major floods in less than 12 months. Following the latest “Tax Day Floods,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Steve Costello as “flood czar.” News 88.7’s Florian Martin sat down with the former Houston city council member and engineer at a cafe in Montrose. Costello says he was not expecting to be named to […]

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Steve Costello Answers Your Questions

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We continue on this edition with Houston City Council Member Steve Costello. Costello is a civil engineer, the co-founder and president of the engineering and surveying firm Costello Inc. […]

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Steve Costello Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 15, 2015)

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We continue on this edition with Houston City Council Member Steve Costello. Costello is a civil engineer, the co-founder and president of the engineering and surveying firm Costello Inc. […]

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Meet the 2015 Houston Mayoral Candidates

Posted on · Each Tuesday through September 22, Houston Matters offers you a chance to learn about the major candidates for Houston mayor and ask them your questions. SCHEDULE/AUDIO: Chris Bell (Aug. 11, 2015) LISTEN HERE Ben Hall (Aug. 18, 2015) LISTEN HERE Marty McVey (Aug. 25, 2015) LISTEN HERE Bill King (Sept. 1, 2015) LISTEN HERE Adrian […]

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How is Houston’s Mayoral Race Shaping Up?

Posted on · Last Wednesday, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his candidacy for Houston Mayor. He joins an increasingly crowded race with: former Congressman and former Council Member Chris Bell, Council Member Stephen Costello, 2013 mayoral candidate Ben Hall, former two term mayor of Kemah and Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King, businessman Marty McVey, and State Representative […]

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Houston Mayor’s Race: Tuesday’s Show (May 12, 2015)

Posted on · Last Wednesday, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his candidacy for Houston Mayor. He joins an increasingly crowded race with: former Congressman and former Council Member Chris Bell, Council Member Stephen Costello, 2013 mayoral candidate Ben Hall, former two term mayor of Kemah and Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King, businessman Marty McVey, and State Representative […]

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Councilman Costello Discusses New Role and Houston’s Transportation Needs

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He’s also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he’s just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the H-GAC’s eight county region. In those capacities, and as […]

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Costello on Transportation: Thursday’s show (February 12, 2015)

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He’s also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he’s just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the HGAC’s eight county region. In those capacities, and as […]