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Housing projects face backlash (Feb. 16, 2023)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We discuss a number of proposed low-income housing projects identified by the city's housing department and concerns regarding them. And we talk about what it would actually mean if the state takes over HISD.

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The African-American Community’s Relationship with Law-Enforcement: A Live Houston Matters Town Hall

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we devote our entire hour to exploring the relationship between Greater Houston police and Houston's black community with a number of guests in front of a live audience at Houston Public Media. Our guests include: Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden […]

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Should Police, Teachers and Others Be Paid More to Live in the Areas They Serve?

Posted on · Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live […]

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Change to Death Records Law Aims to Help Families of Immigrants

Posted on · Legislation signed into law in June makes death records of unidentified people in Texas public information after a year. Previously, all death records were confidential for 25 years. The change only applies to unidentified remains. Human rights advocates say the measure is a good start to addressing a bigger issue, especially for border counties in […]