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Houston Matters for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2013

Posted on · We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians also point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Sept. 18, 2013

Posted on · Houston is growing and changing like few places in the nation. But is it growing in a way that the community can support over the long haul? The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University is poised to release its 3rd report on Houston Sustainability Performance this week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, September 13, 2013

Posted on · Five years ago today the most costly hurricane in Texas history made landfall. Ike came ashore in Galveston on September 13th, 2008. The Category Two hurricane brought with it sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour, and a 22 foot storm surge. Ike was blamed for more than a hundred deaths in the […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, September 12, 2013

Posted on · Food trucks continue to grow in popularity in Houston. Some food truck operators have been so successful, they’ve opened up more trucks, or their own bricks-and-mortar restaurant. But there are also questions about whether efforts to change the rules that apply to food trucks could threaten traditional restaurants, creating unfair competition. Others raise health concerns, […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Sept. 11, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we offer Houstonians an opportunity to share thoughts about a possible U.S. response in Syria. We also learn more about the situation there, and why it's important to us here in Houston, as we talk with Edward Djerejian, former U.S. Ambassador to both Syria and Israel, and founding director […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 6th, 2013

Posted on · Last week, a new class of eight astronauts-in-training reported to Johnson Space Center to begin two years of training. But training for what, exactly? The shuttle program’s retired – in fact, while the astronauts train, a space shuttle replica currently on display at Space Center Houston will be joined by the shuttle carrier aircraft to […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Posted on · Earlier this year we looked at a lawsuit brought against a high school 90 minutes northeast of Houston. Kountze I-S-D was sued by its very own cheerleaders who were displaying religious messages on their banners during football games. A Hardin County Judge Steven Thomas ruled it was ok for the cheerleaders to continue with their […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 30, 2013

Posted on · Harris County Judge Ed Emmett this week announced he would not put a measure on the ballot this November that would have asked voters to approve or reject a proposed tax to benefit an early childhood education program known as the Early to Rise campaign. It's run by the nonprofit Harris County School Readiness Corporation, […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 29, 2013

Posted on · This week’s festivities marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washingtongot us thinking: what would cause Houstonians to march? Sure, we have our share of marches, rallies, and protests. But not as many, it would seem, as other big cities, and usually not with the turnout you may find elsewhere. It would seem we’re […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 23, 2013

Posted on · It's sort of a running gag. There's no zoning in Houston. That's why the pawn shop is next to the taqueria which is next to the high rise which is next to the gas station which is next to the other pawn shop. Without question, Houston is business-friendly, and encourages growth through limited regulations. But […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 22, 2013

Posted on · A common characteristic of low-income areas in Houston is a shortage of grocery stores. The USDA’s Economic Research Service says 20% of households in Harris County live without cars, and are more than half a mile from a supermarket. That can make shopping for fresh food a challenge. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 16, 2013

Posted on · Retailers in Texas encourage Governor Perry to veto a Texas version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bad actors in the energy industry do environmental harm that might possibly have been avoided in a state with more stringent regulations. In general, business is booming in Texas – especially here in Houston – but does […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 15, 2013

Posted on · Starting next month, the “Move Over/Slow Down” law on Texas roads will apply to TXDOT crews as well as police, emergency responders, and tow trucks. It’s one of many traffic laws that, sadly, too many drivers seem to ignore. We’ll welcome your examples of common sense traffic laws – and driving habits – we should […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 9, 2013

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has passed, and Governor Perry has signed, a law which would require some Texans seeking unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. There are numerous questions about the law, including exactly who it covers, in which occupations, whether the state should actually have the right to require such testing, and whether it […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Posted on · Major League Baseball this week suspended New York Yankees third baseman – and former Texas Ranger – Alex Rodriguez 211 games for his alleged repeated use of performance-enhancing drugs, and for obstructing baseball’s probe into the Biogenesis of America Anti-Aging Clinic. “A-Rod” continues to play and is appealing the suspension, while thirteen other players, including […]