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Are Unregulated Drilling Waste Pits A Threat To Texas Groundwater?

Posted on · Not since the oil boom of the 1980s have so many wells been drilled in Texas. Last year the total number of “holes drilled” for oil & gas topped 24,000 state-wide according to Texas regulators. But there’s concern that Texas isn’t doing enough to make sure that all that drilling doesn’t end-up polluting precious groundwater. We […]

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Reserve Pits, Houston’s Health, Indie Bookstores & Birding: Houston Matters for Wed., April 2, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, about concerns related to what are known as “reserve pits” on drilling sites. These pits are dug on the site of a drilling rig and filled with waste that comes out of oil wells […]

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Exploring Golf Culture in H-Town

Posted on · Golfing in Greater Houston has been in the news recently – there’s the ongoing question over what to do with the historic Gus Wortham golf course. And this weekend, Red Stone Golf Club in Humble will once again be the site of the one and only PGA Tour stop in Greater Houston, the Shell Houston […]

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Walk for the Woods Project Takes Houstonians Through Historic East End

Posted on · The Walk for the Woods Project is a 5K through Houston’s historic East End. All proceeds go towards low-income students participating in The Woods Project, an organization that teaches life skills to low-income kids by getting them out into nature. We learn more from the program’s founder, Steve Rosencranz.

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Will Traffic on 290 Ever Be Better?

Posted on · You can experience some fairly intense traffic jams on many of Greater Houston’s main arteries. But there’s a special rarefied air set aside for U.S. 290, the Northwest Freeway. Exploding population growth in the area, combined with a massive ongoing construction project, makes this one of the most frequently jammed up traffic areas in Greater […]

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What Keeps Solar Energy from Taking Off in Texas?

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters will explore efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, those that might someday dramatically reduce carbon emissions. In future weeks, we’ll explore wind energy, hydrogen, and biofuels. We start today with solar energy. We discuss efforts to expand the use of solar energy […]

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Solar Energy, 290 Construction & Golf: Houston Matters for Tues., April 1, 2014

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters will explore efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, those that might someday dramatically reduce carbon emissions. In future weeks, we’ll explore wind energy, hydrogen, and biofuels. We start today with solar energy. We discuss efforts to expand the use of solar energy […]

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Sports Monday: The Astros Are Tied for First Place

Posted on · Also this hour: the Houston Rockets must forge ahead without injured guard Patrick Beverley, rumors swirl around the Texans and whether they’re trying to trade their first overall draft pick, and it’s opening day in Major League Baseball, which means the Houston Astros are tied for first, as they prepare to take on the New […]

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Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to maintain. […]

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Open Line with Mayor Parker & Sports: Houston Matters for Mon., March 31, 2014

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to maintain. […]

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How Winning the Spelling Bee Changed One Houstonian’s Life

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee takes place tomorrow (March 29, 2014). The bee features the top 55 young spellers from more than a thousand schools from East Texas to Austin. They’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Greater Houston in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. It’s great fun watching these […]

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Event Hosts Community Members to Highlight Domestic Violence

Posted on · Vox Culture is a cultural/arts/social service organization established here in Houston to help bring attention to social causes in the Houston area in creative ways. March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they’re addressing the issue of domestic violence with an event called “Breaking Silence.” The event will feature a panel of leaders and […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Oil Spill, Montrose Fire & BARC: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the oil spill, to the fire in Montrose, to BARC’s new authority, to Zipcar’s expansion, it’s been a busy week in Houston news. We consider “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of these events with our rotating “non-expert” panel. This week, we’re joined by the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Falkenberg, ComedySportz Houston’s Dianah Dulany, […]

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How to Have Fun in Houston on the Cheap

Posted on · No doubt about it: There’s lots to do in Greater Houston. But some of it can be pretty darned expensive. A nice dinner out, a show, a little shopping, parking – if you’re not careful, you can spend a lot of scratch in just one night on the town. But you don’t have to. There […]