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What is ICE and How Does the Agency Handle Immigration Issues?

Posted on · Last week, Houston police helped rescue 115 undocumented immigrants stuffed inside a small stash house. 17 children were among them. Five men suspected of running the human trafficking operation were detained at the scene in southeast Houston. Houston police say the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – or ICE – is taking over the […]

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Texas Oil Spill Tracked With New High-tech Buoy

Posted on · And now, the latest on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Galveston Island. The heavy and thick “fuel oil” leaked out after a barge collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel this past weekend. Dave Fehling is Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment. […]

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What’s Being Done to Address and Prevent Crime in Houston?

Posted on · When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; nearly […]

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Crime, Oil Spill Update, ICE, & Kayaking Buffalo Bayou: Houston Matters for Wed., March 26, 2014

Posted on · When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; nearly […]

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What Should the Soundtrack for Houston Sound Like?

Posted on · When you think of a song connected with Houston, what song comes to mind? Is it country? Is it hip hop? Or do you struggle to pinpoint the sound of the Bayou City? Well, perhaps that struggle is now over thanks to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (or GHCVB) and a collaboration with the Houston […]

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How Does News Coverage Affect Our Perception of Crime in Houston?

Posted on · If you watch a local newscast in Houston, plenty of the half-hour will surely be devoted to crime. And that’s pretty typical in a major city. But how crime is covered by media here affects our perceptions of crime. We’ll discuss that with Mike O’Neill, an Executive Producer at KHOU CBS 11, Wayne Dolcefino, a […]

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How Do Magnet Schools Stack Up Against Other Houston Schools?

Posted on · On past programs, we’ve explored a variety of alternative forms of education, from Montessori schools to dual language programs. We’ve talked about efforts to focus education on preparing students for STEM careers – jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Many public schools throughout Greater Houston offer specialized curriculum. They’re what are known as magnet […]

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Magnet Programs, Media’s Coverage of Crime, and a Song for Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Posted on · On past programs, we’ve explored a variety of alternative forms of education, from Montessori schools to dual language programs. We’ve talked about efforts to focus education on preparing students for STEM careers – jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Many public schools throughout Greater Houston offer specialized curriculum. They’re what are known as magnet […]

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Sports Monday: Texans QB Moves Overshadow Rockets’ Rebound

Posted on · The Houston Rockets rebounded nicely from last week’s three game losing streak – they won three in a row last week, at home against the Jazz and T-Wolves, then on the road in Cleveland. And yet – they, and the NCAA tournament, were upstaged here in Houston by a sports team not playing right now […]

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Is Houston the Starting Point for the Next Great American Writers?

Posted on · The University of Houston’s MFA program in creative writing is one of the more prestigious programs in the country. And that may be just one of several reasons Houston might be an attractive starting point for the next generation of American writers. To discuss whether Houston plays a role in shepherding young writers, we’re joined […]

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Mental Illness Presents Major Challenges for Houstonians

Posted on · For a number of years, the Texas Department of State Health Services surveyed Texans to determine their own perception of their mental health. They wanted to know how many respondents reported five or more days out of the year that they felt they were in poor mental health. Between 2000 and 2010, that percentage hovered […]

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What’s the Effect of the Oil Spill on Galveston Bay?

Posted on · On Saturday, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. While the barge was carrying a million gallons of marine fuel oil, officials believe just one tank was breached, which would suggest no more than 168,000 gallons spilled into the bay. As crews skimmed oil from the water, and containment booms were […]

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Oil Spill Latest, Mental Health, & the Literary Scene: Houston Matters for Monday, March 24, 2014

Posted on · On Saturday, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. While the barge was carrying a million gallons of marine fuel oil, officials believe just one tank was breached, which would suggest no more than 168,000 gallons spilled into the bay. As crews skimmed oil from the water, and containment booms […]

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Chess: The Competition is Fierce But You Wouldn’t Know It From the Sound

Posted on · The game of chess is played everywhere, of course. In public parks, in schools — you might even come across a couple of folks hunched over a chess board at your favorite coffee shop. Last month, we sent Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton to the Houston Scholastic Open – a chess tournament for kids in elementary […]

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Injured Veterans to Cycle 490 Miles from Houston to Arlington

Posted on · We learn about the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, where some 200 wounded veterans and their supporters will ride bikes 490 miles from Houston to Arlington over seven days. The ride starts Sunday, March 23. The cyclists will ride through central Texas with overnight stops in College Station, Georgetown, Fort Hood, Waco and Cleburne. The […]