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Houston Under the Radar: Friday’s show (March 27, 2015)

Posted on · Houston's received a lot of positive press in recent years, for being the most diverse city in the nation, for our abundant and growing food and arts scenes, for our economic success, for being the city today that the rest of America may look like in the future. We still may not be used to […]

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Schlumberger’s Record Fine and Texting While Driving: Thursday’s show (March 26, 2015)

Posted on · Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, whose domestic offices are based here in Greater Houston, has agreed to pay more than $232 million for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan. The subsidiary Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Limited will also plead guilty to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act or IEEPA. Other […]

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Child Fatality Report and Competitive Cooking: Wednesday’s Show (March 25, 2015)

Posted on · Two state agencies have collaborated to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 to […]

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Ship Channel Collisions: Monday’s Show (March 23, 2015)

Posted on · A year ago Monday (3/23), a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Up to 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil spilled into the bay, and the Houston Ship Channel was closed for a few days between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Fast forward to two weeks ago – a foggy […]

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Nurses, Colonias, and Lockpickers: Friday’s Show (March 20, 2015)

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we discuss intriguing developments in the week’s news with our rotating panel of “non-experts” who consider The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this edition of Houston Matters, “Native […]

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Houston Import Project and The Other College Guide: Thursday’s show (March 19, 2015)

Posted on · With the dramatic population growth of recent years in Greater Houston comes the need to update and expand services ranging from public transportation to clean water to electricity. Does Greater Houston have enough electricity to meet growing demand? If not, how might we meet that demand in an economically viable way? One approach is the […]

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NRG Stadium Upgrades and Experimental Drugs: Wednesday’s Show (March 18, 2015)

Posted on · As we discussed last month on this program, Houston's NRG Stadium will host Super Bowl 51 in February of 2017. According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the NFL says it now wants around $50 million in renovations to the stadium before the big game. The Chronicle quotes Peter O'Reilly, the NFL's Senior Vice President […]

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Rice President and Grit: Tuesday’s Show (March 17, 2015)

Posted on · David Leebron has been President of Rice University, since 2004. (He’s just the seventh person to hold the post). Under his watch, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from important figures ranging from former President […]

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Houstonian Pet Peeves and the City’s General Plan: Monday’s Show (March 16, 2015)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It's your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw, that you […]

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City Charter and NOAA Sea Turtle Farm: Friday’s Show (March 13, 2015)

Posted on · Houston's City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council's meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city's revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking […]

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The Houston Post, Cancer Costs, and Swing Dancing: Thursday’s show (March 12, 2015)

Posted on · As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post's demise. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back at the history and […]

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Tesla in Texas: Wednesday’s show (March 11, 2015)

Posted on · Elon Musk’s auto company Tesla Motors sells electric cars directly to the public through self-owned stores, not dealers. It’s a shift in approach for the auto industry, which has operated for a century with dealerships serving as the middle man between automakers and consumers. But Tesla can’t open stores in Texas, or four other U.S. […]

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Property Tax Cuts, Parks, and ‘Once’ on Stage: Tuesday’s Show (March 10, 2015)

Posted on ·   Tyler Republican State Sen. Kevin Eltife is working to build support for a combination of bills he believes will provide both a property tax cut and set a path to spend money on deferred road maintenance and paying off some pension liabilities, among other state needs. Eltife argues that while the state is unusually […]

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Sex Offender Management, Higher Ed Issues, and Pet Care: Monday’s show (March 9, 2015)

Posted on · The state agency responsible for supervising, monitoring and providing treatment for the most violent sex offenders in the state is undergoing some sweeping changes. Among the problems faced by the recently revamped Office of Violent Sex Offender Management: a shortage of housing for sex offenders released from prison and a perception that the state’s civil […]