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Improving Cyber Security for Houston Businesses

Posted on · We discuss cyber security in Houston. We’ll learn about a Greater Houston task force seeking to inform Houston area businesses and IT professionals about basic cyber security awareness and protection options. Task force members will lead a panel discussion on the subject at the Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown tomorrow.

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How to Talk Like a Texan

Posted on · Happy Halloween y’all! On today’s show we discuss how to talk like a Texan. Specifically, we’ll explore words, phrases, and dialects that are more common in Texas than elsewhere, and we’ll discuss variations on word usage and accents from one area of Texas to another. We welcome your questions for folklorist and UH English Professor Dr. […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs. Oct. 31, 2013

Posted on · Happy Halloween y’all! On today’s show…we discuss how to talk like a Texan. Specifically, we’ll explore words, phrases, and dialects that are more common in Texas than elsewhere, and we’ll discuss variations on word usage and accents from one area of Texas to another. We welcome your questions for folklorist and UH English Professor Dr. Carl […]

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New Technology Partnership Forming Between Houston and Russia

Posted on · Houston’s Technology Center is forming a new partnership with Russia. The HTC says its new program with Moscow’s Skolkovo Foundation will open up opportunities for Houston to exchange technological ideas with Russia. Officials say this means new jobs for Houston and a chance for small businesses in technology to promote themselves abroad. We’ll talk with […]

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Role of Conventions in Houston’s Economy

Posted on · The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau says Houston will host about two dozen major conventions this year – the most in five years. Officials estimate these conventions will bring some $430 million dollars into Houston’s economy. But there are some conventions Houston has been unable to snag. The city recently lost a bid to host the 2017 World Petroleum Congress […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 30, 2013

Posted on · The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau says Houston will host about two dozen major conventions this year – the most in five years. Officials estimate these conventions will bring some $430 million dollars into Houston’s economy. But there are some conventions Houston has been unable to snag. The city recently lost a bid to host the 2017 World […]

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Former Spy Valerie Plame Tries Her Hand at the Spy Novel

Posted on · In 2003, CIA operative Valerie Plame’s cover was blown by members of the Bush Administration after her husband critiqued the intelligence used to go to war in Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was later convicted of lying about his role in the leak. In 2007 Plame wrote a best-selling […]

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Who Should Regulate Greenhouse Gas? Texas Says Not the EPA

Posted on · The State of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. We’ll find out why the state of Texas is wading in, and consider the implications of the cases […]

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Provisions of Abortion Law Mired in Courts

Posted on · On Monday a federal judge struck down a portion of new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas legislature back in July. The provisions were to take effect today. District Judge Lee Yeakel says the provision requiring a doctor to obtain hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of a clinic where they perform abortions violates doctors’ rights […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 29, 2013

Posted on · The state of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over this question – and the state of […]

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Interview: Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall

Posted on · Two weeks ago, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Annise Parker and challenger Ben Hall have polled above single digits, so we reached out to those two campaigns, in the interests of giving you a chance to speak with the two candidates directly. Last […]