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The Top Houston and Texas News Stories of 2014: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Posted on · As you prepare to ring in the New Year, we thought it would be a good time to revisit the old one. From the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, to the DuPont plant accident, to the fight over ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, 2014 was certainly a busy one for news stories. Some stories resonated with […]

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Conversations About Texas Politics: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Posted on · The GOP has had such a stranglehold on statewide offices here in Texas for so many years now that it's hard to remember a time when it was any different. Even Ann Richards seems very much like the Democratic exception to the Republican rule. On today’s special edition of Houston Matters, we devote the hour […]

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The Changing Face of Four Houston Areas: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Posted on · reater Houston is made up of communities large and small that have over time developed their own special identities. While, from one town to the next, there might be differences in culture, business, education and more, many of our communities reflect some trends common to the entire Greater Houston area — most notably dramatic population […]

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Bob Lanier, Homelessness, Cuba and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Affectionately known as "Mayor Bob," Lanier served as mayor from 1992 to 1998. Bill White served as Mayor of Houston from 2004 to 2010, and on this edition of Houston Matters he joins us to share his memories of Lanier. Then: According […]

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and The Nutcracker: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Posted on · From Sony’s decision to not release the movie The Interview after vague threats of violence after the studio was hacked, to the approval of body cameras on Harris County law enforcement, to a riot over sneakers: On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. […]

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Apathy About Police, Charlas, and Immunotherapy: Houston Matters for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Posted on · We learned this past summer about a Houston Police Department staffing study commissioned by the city, which indicated 15,000 burglaries and thefts, 3,000 hit-and-run crashes and 3,000 assaults in 2013 were set aside without follow-up. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, at the time, noted "There has never been a time that I have been employed […]

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Safety v. Privacy, College Suicide and The Flatlanders: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Posted on · Harris County Commissioners Court is approving District Attorney Devon Anderson's nearly $2 million plan to purchase hundreds of body cameras for Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff's deputies. Calls to equip law enforcement with body cameras come in the wake of the police shootings in Missouri and Indiana. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Performance Reviews, Job Burnout, and Robert Earl Keen: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Posted on · As we close in on the end of the calendar year, for some of us in the working world, it’s time for performance reviews. You may be the subject of one, or you may perform one. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Keith Wolf, Managing Director for the Houston-based staffing agency and […]

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More Houstonian Pet Peeves, Pet Care, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

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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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area's transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with […]

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Gentrification and Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 11, 2014

Posted on · Back in August of 2013, Houston Matters met with longtime residents of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood to discuss how their community had changed over the years. Among the major topics of discussion was gentrification. The residents noted how development had changed the personality and affordability of their neighborhood. But they didn’t necessarily see gentrification as a […]

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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 […]