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Terminally Ill Teen Struggles to Reunite with Parents in Pakistan

Posted on · Every year, millions of people around the world apply for visas to visit the United States. But experts say national security concerns – like the terrorist attacks in Paris – have made that process much more difficult. Now, it may be blocking a final reunion between a terminally ill teenager in Houston and her parents […]

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Journalist Roundtable and Light Pollution: Wednesday’s Show (November 18, 2015)

Posted on · It’s been a busy stretch for those who cover the news. You may feel some media outlets have done well, and others not so much, while reporting on everything from the terrorist attacks in Paris to recent unrest on college campuses to this month’s election here in Houston. From time to time on the program […]

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Cramming for Election Day: Monday’s Show (November 2, 2015)

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. On this edition of Houston Matters, we help you cram for […]

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Regulators Make Safety Recommendations To DuPont After Deadly Leak

Posted on · It’s been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters€™ Maggie Martin discusses the report with News 88.7 reporter Syeda Hasan. Investigators with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board say flawed safety procedures, design problems and inadequate planning led to […]

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Industry and the Environment: Tuesday’s Show (October 6, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we examine a pair of developments involving industry and the environment in Houston. First, it’s been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin discusses the report with News […]

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Checking in On a Katrina Evacuee 10 Years After the Storm

Posted on · Among the many evacuees that ended up in Houston after Katrina was Terrance Veal. He and 22 relatives shared a two-bedroom apartment for six weeks. Not long after, Veal shared his story as part of the Survivor to Survivor Stories oral history project Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston. News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan caught up with […]

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Sandra Bland’s Sister Discusses Lawsuit; Law Enforcement Expert Weighs In

Posted on · On Tuesday, the family of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper, two jailers and the Waller County Jail in connection with Bland’s death while in jail custody following her July 10 arrest. Bland’s family say they still haven’t received enough answers about her death and autopsy. […]

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University Of Houston Hosts Wheelchair Rugby Summer Camp

Posted on · The sport of rugby is a physical game, and as if it weren’t challenging enough try doing it all from a wheelchair. Quadriplegic athletes from the around country did just that recently when they attended a Wheelchair Rugby Training Camp at the University of Houston. News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan has the story.

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Poll: Voters Don’t Want To Pay To Preserve Astrodome

Posted on · The last few days, we’ve been delving deeper into some of the specific issues and challenges addressed in the recent Houston Public Media/KHOU 11 voter poll. And today, we conclude by looking again at what Houston voters think should be done with the Astrodome. As News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan reports, most voters are still unwilling to […]

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City and County Contracts and Lawsuits: Monday’s Show (June 29, 2015)

Posted on · Negotiation and litigation are a part of life for city and county authorities here in Greater Houston. Unionized employees seek better pay and conditions; city and county residents seek court intervention when they believe government entities are acting improperly. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with — and about — some of the […]

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Majority Of African-Americans In Houston Feel Criminal Justice System Is Biased

Posted on · There’s been an ongoing national conversation about race, discrimination and justice sparked by the recent high profile killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Here in Houston, a majority of the African-American community feels that there’s a bias against them in the criminal justice system. That’s according to the latest survey […]

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Hazlewood Act, Missing Persons, and Chris Field: Tuesday’s show (February 3, 2015)

Posted on · The Hazlewood Act in Texas provides veterans (and some children of veterans) exemptions from some tuition and fee charges at public colleges and universities here. It’s awarded regardless of financial need. But historically, it has required the veteran to be a resident of Texas at enlistment. That wasn’t the case for Keith Harris. He enlisted before […]