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Costello on Transportation: Thursday’s show (February 12, 2015)

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He's also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he's just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the HGAC's eight county region. In those capacities, and […]

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Poverty, Health and Education: Wednesday’s show (February 11, 2015)

Posted on · According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 51 percent of America’s public school students were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 academic year. In Texas, that number rose to 60 percent. It was the first time a majority of students in our public schools met […]

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Super Bowl LI and Campus Carry: Tuesday’s Show (February 10, 2015)

Posted on · Last week's Super Bowl reminded us of a number of things: That despite off-the-field challenges, the NFL can put on a big show. That two great football teams playing to the best of their abilities can be exciting to watch. That depressing commercials might not be the best idea. And that it'll be Houston's turn […]

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Mayoral Race Preview, Truancy, and MUD Districts: Monday’s show (February 9, 2015)

Posted on · While D.C. watchers salivate over the developing 2016 Presidential campaign, Houstonians engaged in city politics are keeping an eye out for signals as to who might make a run in November to replace outgoing Houston Mayor Annise Parker next year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the likely candidates, and what they may […]

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Sheriff Garcia, Campaign Finance and Spacing Out: Friday’s show (February 6, 2015)

Posted on · A little under a year ago we spoke with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia about crime in Houston. We looked at how it's investigated, how it's monitored and some of the trends in crime locally. On Thursday (2/5/15), we revisited that conversation with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, and […]

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Chief McClelland, METRO and Air Station Houston: Thursday’s show (February 5, 2015)

Posted on · little under a year ago we spoke with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia about crime in Houston. We looked at how it's investigated, how it's monitored, what are some of the trends in crime that are on the rise and what trends seem to be declining. On this edition […]

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Prop 1 Projects, Air Quality, and Mel Chin: Wednesday’s show (February 4, 2015)

Posted on · Tuesday in Houston and Rosenberg, the Houston-Galveston Area Council presented public meetings to share details on the Greater Houston area state highway projects it wants to see funded this year through money voters allocated in November from the state’s rainy day fund. Proposition 1 allocates $1.7 billion this year. Some $288 million of that will […]

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Hazlewood Act, Missing Persons, and Chris Field: Tuesday’s show (February 3, 2015)

Posted on · The Hazlewood Act in Texas provides veterans (and some children of veterans) exemptions from some tuition and fee charges at public colleges and universities here. It’s awarded regardless of financial need. But historically, it has required the veteran to be a resident of Texas at enlistment. That wasn’t the case for Keith Harris. He enlisted […]

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Texas Legislature and Mental Health for Prisoners: Monday’s show (February 2, 2015)

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, […]

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Homeless Count, No Kill Animal Shelters, and Zola Jesus: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Posted on · Last night, more than 500 volunteers took to the streets throughout Houston as part of an annual homeless count undertaken by the Coalition for the Homeless, to collect hard data about the number and characteristics of the area’s homeless community. That data is expected to be released in a few months. On this edition of […]

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Gambling, Spaceport Update, and Dog Park Visit: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Posted on · State Representative Carol Alvarado of Houston is sponsoring a measure during this legislative session that would create a Texas Gaming Commission. The commission could establish casino gambling in resort areas and in major cities, including Houston. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Harris County and the city of Houston have begun to tackle illegal gambling using […]

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Water Quantity, The Full Menu, and Chase Untermeyer: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Posted on · On past programs, we’ve explored water quality in Greater Houston. On this edition of the program, we talk about water quantity, and efforts underway to ensure there will be enough water for a growing Greater Houston community in the years to come. We’ also learn about a debate in Montgomery County over groundwater access. Also […]

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Indigent Caseloads, Michael Morton, and Third Ward Mural: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Posted on · You’ve heard this part of the Miranda rights before (if not in person, then at least on TV crime dramas): “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you…” Well, a lot of defendants can’t afford attorneys. That’s where public defenders come in, and sometimes private […]

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Real Estate, Immigration, Pet Care, and Deflategate: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Posted on · As discussed previously on this program, the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper's "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report suggests Houston is the country's number one "market to watch" this year. So, Houston Matters will do just that, periodically, throughout 2015. It’s been a seller’s market in real estate here in Houston for […]

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HERO Trial, Cutting the Cable Cord, and the Houston Auto Show: Houston Matters for Friday, January 23, 2015

Posted on · Jury selection begins Monday, with opening statements to follow Tuesday, in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance trial in Harris County District Judge Robert Schaffer's courtroom. Opponents of the ordinance allege the city wrongly invalidated thousands of signatures on their petition for a referendum on the law. Last week, Judge Schaffer granted the plaintiff's request for […]