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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]

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Is Houston a Good Place for Startup Companies to Thrive?

Posted on · The number of startup companies in Houston has exploded in recent years. While many of these startups focus on oil and gas and the medical industries, there’s also innovation happening in other areas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine startups in Houston and whether there’s life and industry beyond energy and healthcare. Are […]

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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Posted on · It's by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we'll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

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How Clean is Houston’s Drinking Water?

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, […]

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Water Quality, Recording Laws, and The Men of Moores: Houston Matters for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, […]

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League City’s Immigrant Ordinance and Life Like a Country Song: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the new resolution banning undocumented children from entering League City, to concern over pollution in and around Galena Park, to Texas being named the second-most state where “life is most like a country song” — it’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s rotating panel of non-experts […]

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Why Are Incidents at the Port of Houston Rarely Formally Investigated?

Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two […]

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Port of Houston Pilots, Chikungunya, Gangs, and The Princess Bride: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two […]