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Houston Matters for Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted on · Houston welcomes U.S. and Irish rugby teams to town this weekend, for a game that’s bound to be filled with scrums, knock-ons, mulligrubbers and falcons. Any idea what any of that means? Producer Edel Howlin visited with the Irish squad, and will share a little rugby 101 during today’s Houston Matters. Under the Voting Rights […]

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Statehouse reporters discuss this legislative session

Posted on · It’s been a busy legislative season in Austin. As the session nears its end, we’ll find out what lawmakers have accomplished, what they may yet seek to do in the coming days, and how it all impacts us here in Houston. We spoke to Harvey Kronberg, writer, editor, publisher of the Quorum Report. Ben Philpott, […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, May 17, 2013

Posted on · It’s the world’s first multi-purpose domed stadium.  It’s the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The Astrodome has been the site of a Nolan Ryan no-hitter, classic concerts by Elvis, Selena, Judy Garland and The Supremes, the famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and college basketball’s so-called “Game […]

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State Bill to Reduce Testing Passes Both Chambers

Posted on · Graduation is on the minds of legislators in Austin these days. Both houses of the Texas legislature have passed a bill to change standardized testing and other graduation requirements for high school students in Texas. The proposed legislation would reduce from 15 to 5 the number of standardized tests students need to pass in order […]

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Freedom of Expression? Using Religious Messages During Public School Games

Posted on · Kountze, Texas is 90 minutes northeast of Houston. The town of just over two thousand people has been at the center of a court case over the last year that pits first Amendment arguments against each other. It all started with the cheerleading squad at Kountze Independent School District. They decided to make and display […]

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Discussing the Latest Texting While Driving Bill in the Texas Legislature

Posted on · As the Texas Legislature again takes up a texting while driving ban, we want to know what you think – would such a ban statewide discourage you from texting? What about all the other distractions on the road? Joined by State Representative Tom Craddick who serves the 82nd district, which includes Midland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian […]

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How Immigration Reform will Affect Houston

Posted on · The so-called “Gang of Eight” in Congress seems poised to announce their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Houston last week to discuss it. And rallies calling for such reform took place across the country on Wednesday, including here in Houston, where participants and onlookers alike shared strong opinions […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, April 12, 2013

Posted on · The last day of Alex Brown’s life began like many others. The 17 year old Seagraves High School senior hopped in her truck, and began the drive to her Lubbock, Texas-area school. Along the way, she began texting, a distraction which led to her rolling her truck. She was ejected from the vehicle and died. […]

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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 […]

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How Early Voting Changes Elections

Posted on · With more and more people choosing to vote early instead of on Election Day — it raises Some philosophical questions about how we vote. Do people who vote early have the same set of facts as those who vote on Election Day? And will the boost to early voting change the way politicians campaign for votes?