StateImpact

Bill Would Stop Private Lawyers Who Help Counties Sue Polluters

Posted on · Sometimes, private lawyers can receive millions of dollars when they win big lawsuits that are filed on behalf of the government. Later this morning in Austin, a legislative committee is set to consider putting a stop to some of those "contingency fee" arrangements. But some county governments, who use those arrangements to sue companies for polluting the environment, say banning them would have a devastating effect.

Houston Matters

Houston Matters (really, it does)

Posted on · Greetings! And thanks for visiting Houston Matters’ website! What is Houston Matters, you ask? Well, first and foremost, it’s a radio program, which you can hear Fridays at noon on KUHF 88.7 FM in Houston. During each hour of Houston Matters, we investigate the issues and ideas, people and places that make Houston…well…Houston! We talk […]

Houston Matters

Welcome to Houston, newbie!

Posted on · If you feel like there are more people around the Bayou City these days – well, trust those feelings. The U.S. Census Bureau says the Houston metro area has seen greater population growth than any other U.S. metro area in the last decade…and last year, Harris County added more residents than any other U.S. county. […]

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An Unusual Search Warrant And What It Says About How Texas Regulates Drilling

Posted on · As drilling for oil and gas has surged in Texas, there has been concern over its threat to groundwater. We're taking a look at the state agency that's supposed to be a watchdog on the drilling industry — the oddly-named "Texas Railroad Commission." Critics have contended the railroad commission is far too friendly to the drilling industry, going easy even when it finds pollution violations.

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Environmental Justice And The EPA’s New Man In Texas

Posted on · It's on-going clash that pits Texas against a powerful federal agency: the EPA. Texas has had a rocky relationship with the environmental regulator, in some cases suing the EPA to stop it from enforcing federal regulations in Texas. Now, there's a new man heading the EPA's regional office. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into what this change-at-the-top might mean to Texas.

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Teed Up: Slicing Texas Tax Breaks

Posted on · Texas is struggling to find enough money to pay for education and other basic services. That's why some lawmakers are looking at tax breaks that are costing the state millions of dollars. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling begins his story at a golf course.