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Housing in Houston, Political Roundtable, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Posted on · According to the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper's "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report, Houston is the country's number one "market to watch" next year. The ranking is based on factors like investment, development and homebuilding prospects. According to the ULI website, "Houston offers a significant amount of investment opportunity" for folks […]

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Sexual Assault on Campus, Foreign Exchange Students, and the Tontons: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Posted on · Two former University of Houston students are suing the school claiming they were denied due process after being expelled following an investigation in connection with an alleged sexual assault on campus. In November 2011, Ryan McConnell's girlfriend Natalie Plummer recorded video of him cheating on her with another female student. Both McConnell and the other […]

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Voter ID, Banning Fracking and Project Row Houses: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state's voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas […]

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Human Trafficking, Spotting Domestic Violence and Houston’s Punk Rock Scene: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Posted on · Human trafficking is a type of modern day slavery. It can take on many forms, including labor trafficking. But one of the most common and prevalent forms in the U.S. is sex trafficking of domestic victims. On this edition of Houston Matters: Texas is a hub for human trafficking, and Houston in particular is a […]

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Election Poll Results, Pet Care and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Posted on · With Election Day 2014 just a little over two weeks away, a Houston Public Media/KHOU poll examines what Houstonians and Texans think about things like the Governor’s race, the Lt. Governor’s race, the Harris County District Attorney’s race, ballot measures, decriminalizing marijuana and even what should be done with the Astrodome. On this edition of […]

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Back in My Day, and Craft Beer 101: Houston Matters for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Posted on · We've all heard someone say it. Maybe we've even been the one saying it. "Back in my day..." What comes next is usually a lament that implies things were better then in some way. But were they? On this edition of Houston Matters it's your chance to channel your inner Grandpa Simpson. Tell us how […]

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Private Prisons, Veterans Court, and Ship Channel Stories: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 16, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at a South Texas detention center for mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The Karnes City facility is run by a private, for-profit operator based in Florida, which strongly denies the allegations. The claims come four months after the ACLU issued a report […]

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Abortion and CSN Houston in Court, The “Divortex” and Hunting: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Posted on · The back and forth legal wrangling over Texas’ controversial 2013 abortion law continued Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from enforcing a key provision of the law, which had effectively closed all but a handful of health clinics in Texas providing abortions. The Justices granted a request to suspend a ruling by the […]

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Smoking in Houston, John Hofmeister, and Women in Space: Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, the City of Houston expanded its no smoking policy to all public pedestrian plazas. It’s just the latest in many ongoing policies nationwide to discourage smoking in general, and specifically reduce second-hand smoke in public. Some smokers feel unreasonably persecuted. Some non-smokers feel current policies don’t go far enough. On this edition […]

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Red State, Public Beaches, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Oct. 13, 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 imagine a time when it was any different. Sure, Ann Richards was Governor of Texas for a while there, but she seems very much like the Democratic exception to the Republican rule. How […]

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Houston v. Dallas and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Posted on · This week former Houston Rocket — and current Dallas Maverick — Chandler Parsons in a post-game interview following a preseason loss to the Rockets dissed Houston’s downtown, saying: “It’s cleaner (in Dallas). It’s a much, it’s just like a nicer, cleaner city than Houston. In downtown (Houston) there’s not much to do. It’s just businesses […]

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders, and Your Feedback: Houston Matters for Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school, at home, we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That's a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we're not just tired, we're inattentive, less productive, and it's not good for us. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your […]

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Rainy Day Funds for Roads, and Bayou Restoration: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct.8, 2014

Posted on · Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general […]

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Texans on Transportation, and Print vs. Digital Research: Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Posted on · The Texas A&M Transportation Institute's policy research center recently completed its first Texas Transportation Poll. Researchers wanted to understand the attitudes and behaviors of Texans towards transportation. Some results won't surprise you: three out of four respondents say there's too much traffic in their neighborhoods. While 90 percent of Texans own or lease a vehicle. […]