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An EPA Ozone Rule’s Impact on Deer Park: Monday’s Show (February 15, 2016)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on a new EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. That ruling may have dwarfed another environmental discussion taking place here in Houston at the annual Hot Air Topics Conference hosted by the Gulf Coast Air and Waste Management Association. There, […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Listeners Weigh in on Planned Parenthood and Open Carry Discussions

Posted on · And now, some of your recent comments: Planned Parenthood Teresa wrote us following our panel’s discussion on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly about a Harris County grand jury’s decision not to indict Planned Parenthood, but rather to indict the anti-abortion activists who sought to trap the organization in an undercover video sting. She […]

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Sheriff Hickman and the Harris County Jail: Wednesday’s Show (February 10, 2016)

Posted on · Sheriff Ron Hickman was recently criticized for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad at the Harris County Jail. The Harris County Sheriff’s office has said that these changes could actually speed up investigations, and the reassignment of inspectors will put more responsibility on first-line jail supervisors. And these are just a […]

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Solving Houston’s Pensions: Tuesday’s Show (February 9, 2016)

Posted on · The problem is well-documented by now. The City of Houston has growing and unfunded pension obligations to meet but is limited by state control and a revenue cap. Back in September, the Houston-based nonprofit Laura and John Arnold Foundation laid out this challenge facing the city in a report entitled “Swamped: How Pension Debt is […]

Houston Matters

Report: States that Expanded Medicaid Saw Significant Drop in Uninsured Workers

Posted on · A new report from the nonprofit healthcare interest group Families USA notes how the number of workers who were uninsured in 2014 declined significantly more in states that expanded Medicaid than in states that did not. Texas is one of 19 states that declined Medicaid funding made available through the Affordable Care Act. We learn […]