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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today's Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the […]

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Health Care, Food Waste, Vision in Space, and Samurai Exhibit: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Posted on · A recent interim report from the state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services outlined a number of legislative recommendations to address some of the state's health care challenges. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about the findings in the report and look ahead to what lawmakers might consider during the upcoming 84th […]

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End of Year Tax Advice and Domestic Violence & Pro Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Posted on · Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. The meeting examined policies regarding domestic violence in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Committee members say the problem has come into focus since a video surfaced of pro-football player Ray Rice striking […]

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Keystone, Pumps and Pipes, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Posted on · In the coming months, Congress is expected to vote on pipeline expansion from Alberta to Kansas. If approved, this new section of the Keystone Pipeline which would bring heavy Canadian crude oil to refineries near Houston and Beaumont. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the pros and cons of the Keystone XL Pipeline. […]

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Orion Launch Scrubbed, Plagiarism, and Repticon: Houston Matters for Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Posted on · Space City watched closely this morning as, following several delays due in part to high winds and a sticky rocket valve, NASA scrubbed today’s launch of the Orion capsule aboard an unmanned Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA hopes to launch Orion tomorrow. Once launched, Orion will orbit the Earth from a height […]

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Kids and Mental Health, The Full Menu, and Kat Edmonson: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Posted on · According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as one in ten children between the ages of six and 12 experience the "persistent feelings of sadness" associated with depression. According to the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, more than one in ten children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention […]

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Interacting with Police, Trade with China, and Spongebob: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from the developments of recent months in Ferguson, Mo., is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. It’s a topic we explored on Houston Matters back in August. We discussed how, here in Houston, the Teen and Police Service or TAPS Academy seeks […]

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World AIDS Day, Charitable Giving and Cold Weather Gardening: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Posted on · Today is World AIDS Day, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of Harris Health System's Thomas Street Health Center, which meets the medical, psychological and social needs of Houstonians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Thomas Street was the nation's first free-standing HIV/AIDS treatment facility. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear about the challenges of […]

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Houston Authors Bill White, Lacy Johnson, David Berg and More: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we speak with authors either traveling through or living in Greater Houston. Some write about historical events, others tell personal stories, still others pen books reflecting on our life and times. On this special edition of the program, we listen back to some of our favorite author interviews. […]

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Ferguson, and What We’re Thankful For in Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Posted on · A number of Houston community organizations are planning a rally in MacGregor Park at 5 p.m. today, in response to a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown back in August. Officials in and around Greater Houston are calling for peaceful protest. Rep. […]

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Thanksgiving Travel and Cooking: Houston Matters for Monday, November 24, 2014

Posted on · Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving at home or plan to hit the road this week to visit family or friends, we have you covered on today’s Houston Matters: We discuss the rules of the road, developments at Houston's airports, and Houston chefs will offer advice for preparing Thanksgiving dinner. AAA Texas anticipates some 3.6 million Texans […]

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Immigration in Houston, Generational Divide, and Louis Gossett, Jr: Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Posted on · After six years of stalled discussion and debate with Congressional Republicans over U.S. immigration policy, President Obama addressed the nation last night and shared his decision to defer the deportation of more than four million immigrants who entered the country illegally. The president characterizes the move as accountability, not amnesty. Congressional Republicans call it an […]

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East End Development, Co-Ops, and Atheism: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Florian Martin has reported on development efforts in Houston’s East End. We discuss that development on this edition of Houston Matters. But first, we hear Florian’s report on how, as much of the industry has moved out, the East End is turning into a walkable, mixed-use community. […]

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“Winter” Weather and Moderates in Politics: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Posted on · The recent cold snap reminds us that, while summer months here can seem interminably hot and muggy, from October through April, Houston's weather can vary wildly. One day we're enjoying mild seasonal temperatures; the next we're fishing our coats out of the back of the closet, and being reminded to wrap our pipes and mind […]

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Immigration Reform and La Porte Chemical Leak Deaths: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds […]