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Social Security, Solar Energy, and Ulysses (Yes, Really): Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Posted on · Texas Congressman Kevin Brady wants to change a long-standing provision of Social Security to provide more benefits to some public sector employees who work second jobs. He’s pushing for passage of a bill called The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act to repeal and replace the Windfall Elimination Provision first passed back in the 1980s. […]

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Winners and Losers of Low Fuel Prices: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Posted on · Oil prices Monday fell below 50 dollars a barrel for the first time since 2009. That’s a drop of more than 55 percent since June. Sure, gas prices are low, but in a city like Houston, where the oil and gas industry is such a strong economic driver, plunging oil prices are met with hand-wringing. […]

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City Council Preview and Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Posted on · Last year, Houston’s City Council tackled some challenging issues, including passage of an equal rights ordinance, and folding app-based paid ride services into rules governing transportation in the city. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what’s in store for the Houston City Council in 2015 with reporter Mike Morris, who covers City Hall […]

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Storm Surge Suppression, Colic, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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The Best of Our Conversations with Actors and Directors: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Posted on · One of the many pleasures of producing a program like Houston Matters is the opportunity to meet and talk with creative people, including – occasionally – notable actors and directors. Some are Houston natives; others are just passing through town. But each brings his or her unique experiences and perspectives to the work they do, […]

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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 […]