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The Long Term Unemployed & Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Mon. Jan. 13, 2014

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On the one hand, the long-term unemployed are likely to be those most at financial risk, and so most in need of help. They also could impact the economy for the rest […]

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Sleep & Sleep Disorders, Craig Biggio & the Hall of Fame, and Houston ‘Found Objects’: Houston Matters for Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school, at home, we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones – average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired, we’re inattentive, less productive, and it’s not good for us. On this edition of Houston Matters, how Houstonians sleep […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 9, 2013

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has passed, and Governor Perry has signed, a law which would require some Texans seeking unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. There are numerous questions about the law, including exactly who it covers, in which occupations, whether the state should actually have the right to require such testing, and whether it […]

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Will Higher Unemployment Taxes Lead To Higher Unemployment?

Posted on · Employers in Texas are facing a steep increase in the amount of unemployment insurance tax they'll have to pay next year. As David Pitman reports, once local observer who is closely involved in helping people find work doesn't believe the higher tax will result in employers laying off more workers.

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November Job Losses Highest in 34 Years

Posted on · Employers slashed over a half-million jobs from their payrolls in November. It is the worst decline since 1974, and a much bigger drop than economists had predicted. That means job prospects are even more difficult for those struggling for any kind of work. Pat Hernandez has more.