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Refugee Resettlement and Uncovering Frost Town: Houston Matters Weekend for October 29, 2016

Posted on · On Sept. 30, 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn't accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott's statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 22, 2016

Posted on · The NFL is working to curb domestic violence by partnering with an organization called A Call to Men, which teaches "healthy, respectful manhood." The group's CEO, Tony Porter, and Troy Vincent, a former NFL player and the league's executive vice president, are in town to talk about the program. On this edition of Houston Matters […]

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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the "most diverse city in America." And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that's correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7's Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask "why can't Houston be more like" a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city's planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 1, 2016

Posted on · NASA has quietly been taking crews of four on 713-day missions to explore an asteroid. Ok...well, not exactly. Actually, the asteroid is more like a simulated one located firmly on the ground inside a hangar at Johnson Space Center. Instead of real astronauts, the crews are made up of volunteers. And, instead of 700-day missions, […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 24, 2016

Posted on · Last December (2015), a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 17, 2016

Posted on · New rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s Health and Human Services Commission would change the way fetal tissue is disposed of after medical procedures like abortions, requiring burials or cremation instead of long-standing procedures allowing disposal in sanitary landfills. But it would also apply to miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies terminated in […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 10, 2016

Posted on · On July 18, 2016, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros' computer database. When the news broke reaction was swift – and surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for what […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for Saturday, September 3, 2016

Posted on · Everybody knows in Texas, you can't be the team with the losing record. But that's not the case with our state government's record suing the federal government — mostly for things like overreach. So why do we have such a contentious relationships with the feds? And are taxpayers getting anything out of these big lawsuits? […]