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Marketing to Hispanics and Joe Leydon on Roger Ebert: Houston Matters for Friday, July 25, 2014

Posted on · According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, about 20 percent of Hispanics in Harris County are 16 to 31 years old. It’s a group of key importance to marketing agencies. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alex Lopez Negrete, CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications, a Houston-based Hispanic marketing agency about […]

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Drunk Driving, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and The Full Menu: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 3, 2014

Posted on · Many Texans will travel and party on Independence Day Friday, and through the weekend. So, naturally, law enforcement will also be active, stepping up efforts to crack down on drunk driving. Officials here in Harris County — where we routinely lead the nation in fatal accidents involving intoxicated drivers, and just in the last two weeks saw […]

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Pursuing Creative Careers, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Music Education: Houston Matters for Friday, June 13, 2014

Posted on · As we embark on our careers, we often receive conflicting advice: Pursue your passions, but have something to fall back on. Follow your dreams, but make sure you can pay the bills. Do what makes you happy, but you may have to sacrifice that happiness when it’s practical. Some career paths can lead to those […]

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Cultural History and the Bayou City Food and Film Festival: Houston Matters for Friday, May 2, 2014

Posted on · Last month, the Houston school board voted unanimously to support teaching Mexican-American history and culture to more high school students. The resolution means the state’s largest school district wants the Texas Education Agency to include this kind of cultural class in the state’s new graduation plan. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement that in […]

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A Rodeo Preview and The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 28, 2014

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off next week, is a lot of things. The month-long celebration at Reliant Park promotes livestock and farm products, offers a venue for research and education within the livestock industry, a wide variety of 4-H events, includes the largest rodeo in the world, and a month […]

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Diabetes in Houston, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company: Houston Matters for Friday, February 7, 2014

Posted on · It’s hard to know for sure just how many Americans are diabetic – that’s because millions of us don’t know that we are. Various sources suggest anywhere from 22 to 26 million Americans have diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program pegs the number at just shy of 26 million diabetics; 15.8 million who have been […]

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Is Houston on the A-List? Plus Rod Rice Retires & The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, January 17, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we take up the notion of Houston as an “A-list” city, in terms of concerts and performing arts, the sports world, and among foodies. As a city “up there” with other major cities in those specific worlds. Do the top performers make a point of touring here? Do we present […]

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New Light Rail, Payday Loans & Giant Chocolate Santa: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Houston has a new light rail line opening. The city passed new restrictions on payday lending. And a local restaurant displays an enormous, 2.5-million calorie chocolate Santa statue. We examine The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston news with our panel of decided non-experts: Frederick J. Goodall, author of parenting blog MochaDad.com; Lisa Falkenberg, columnist […]

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Houston Matters for Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Posted on · The Texans. Houston’s restaurant scene. Affordability. Diversity. The arts. Depending on your own opinion, these things aren’t getting enough attention here in Houston. Or…they’re receiving too much. On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask you: what’s overrated and underrated in Houston, and why? It can be anything! Sports, food, entertainment, museums – whatever you […]