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Veterans Retreats and Street Harassment: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle. It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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Ship Channel Centennial, Trees, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, November 10, 2014

Posted on · 100 years ago today, the Houston Ship Channel officially opened. The Ship Channel is a part of the Port of Houston, one of America's busiest seaports. In fact, last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Port of Houston led the nation in the total tonnage it imported. The Port of Houston Authority claims […]

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Klineberg on Houston’s Hispanics and Comedian W. Kamau Bell: Houston Matters for Friday, November 7, 2014

Posted on · Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice Sociology Professor and founding director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, unveils a new report today titled "Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston." The report examines the educational and economic experiences of different Hispanic communities in and around Houston, and explores the implications for their future, and […]

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Accidental Houstonians, Denton Fracking Ban, and Footloose: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Posted on · Many Houstonians were born here, but there are also many others who grew up someplace else and never really planned on living in Houston, but moved here for a job opportunity, or a life change. They are "accidental Houstonians." And we explore what has brought some of them here over the years, and how they’ll […]

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Post-Election Analysis, The Full Menu, and NEA Chair: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Posted on · Republicans across Texas celebrated another sweep of statewide offices Tuesday night. Greg Abbott was elected Governor, and Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor. Sid Miller was elected Agriculture Commissioner, George P. Bush won his bid for General Land Office Commissioner, Glenn Hegar becomes the new Comptroller, and Ryan Sitton was elected Railroad Commissioner. U.S. Senator John Cornyn […]

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Election Day, School Funding, and Evolution of a Criminal: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Posted on · It’s Election Day! Polls are now open across Greater Houston, as voters cast ballots for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a number of other statewide offices, as well as for District Attorney in Harris County. There are also ballot initiatives, including Proposition 1, calling for money from the state’s rainy day fund to be diverted to […]

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Your Questions for the Mayor: Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 3, 2014

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on this edition of Houston Matters. Mayor Parker last joined us back in March. Since then, the Mayor and City Council have been busy. Council passed a $5.2 billion budget, as well as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (currently being challenged in court), and revised […]

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Technology, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and a Cemetery Tour: Houston Matters for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Posted on · Happy Halloween! On this edition of Houston Matters, Edel Howlin visits a Houston graveyard, we discuss the affordability of Halloween events in Houston, and we meet an actor from an area haunted house. We start, though, with the gadgets that haunt our world today. Technology is everywhere. So much so, in fact, that some really […]

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Lone Star Nation, Tough Talks with Kids, and André de Korvin: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Posted on · In his new book Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, Richard Parker examines how his native Texas has changed dramatically in the last 30 years – and how it’s in the midst of change right now and will continue to be so in the years to come. He notes how the suburbs of […]

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High Speed Rail, Chemo Brain, and Tomato Republic: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Posted on · What's the secret to community buy-in for a high-speed rail project? Location, location, location. Last spring, we spoke with former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels about his company's effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build […]

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Journalism Roundtable, Venture Capitalists, and the Face of Texas: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014

Posted on · From the response to cases of Ebola here in Texas and now in New York City, to the shooting and aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri, to the battle over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, and concerns about undocumented children crossing the border, the news media has had a lot of important stories to examine in recent months. […]

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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 […]