Houston Matters

Do Supreme Court of Texas Justices Disclose Enough About Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest?

Posted on · The nonprofit investigative journalism organization the Center for Public Integrity last month gave failing grades to 42 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to their rules regarding financial disclosures. That’s the  information judges are required to publish regarding gifts they receive or their own financial situations — things that could be conflicts […]

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Houston’s Crime Lab, the Supreme Court of Texas, & the Houston Aces: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Forensic Science Center – Houston’s crime lab – is being overseen these days by an independent board, which hired Dr. Daniel Garner to run it. Garner formerly managed the forensics lab for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Dr. Garner and chairman Scott Hochberg about […]

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Broadway Singer & Actress Betty Buckley Reflects on Career

Posted on · We hear from Broadway singer and actress Betty Buckley, a 2012 inductee into the American Theater Hall of Fame. The Texas native is performing a concert Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wortham Center. Buckley is a Texas native whom New York Magazine called “The Voice of Broadway.” She rose to fame in 1982, starring as Grizabella […]

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That Abandoned Lot in Your Neighborhood — It’s More Than Just an Eyesore

Posted on · Also this hour: Just a few months ago, the City of Houston rolled out its Mow-Down program – a pilot program to address overgrown abandoned lots in Houston neighborhoods. Officials say they’re eyesores which raise public safety concerns. We talk with the head of the program, Landon Taylor.

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City & State Pensions, Cleaning Up Abandoned Lots & Broadway’s Betty Buckley: Houston Matters for Tues., Jan. 7, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker has called Houston’s pensions “unsustainable.” Following her recent inauguration, Mayor Parker says she wants to tackle the problem and create a more sustainable retirement for current employees. The Mayor and other officials have said there’s a growing need for pension reform. But what changes can be made without impacting benefits already promised to […]

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Nation’s Cold Snap Felt Even in Normally Balmy Houston

Posted on · As you’re well aware — it’s cold in Houston. And it’s supposed to be in January, but today we’re a good 20 to 25 degrees below normal temps. And while it all pales in comparison to the winter storms and dangerous below zero conditions felt in other parts of the country, it’s enough for us to […]

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Houston’s Cold Snap, Teacher Supply & Demand, Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, January 6, 2014

Posted on · You may have heard – it’s cold out there in Houston today. We’re not expected to rise above forty degrees, and we can expect another bitterly cold night. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll welcome your questions about Houston’s coldest days, and all other things meteorological in nature for Frank Billingsley, KPRC’s Chief Meteorologist. […]

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Familiar Family Drama at the Heart of ‘August: Osage County’

Posted on · Well, we made it through the holidays. And for some Houstonians, that’s no small feat. If you’re lucky, you had a great time with family and friends. If you’re not so lucky, well, maybe there was an awkward conversation with the fam over dinner, an argument, a crisis, a showdown, someone had too much to […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Houston Diversity, Closing Recycling Centers & New Texans Coach: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · New census data tell us one in four people in Harris County is originally from another country; recycling centers are closing because more people are getting their big green bins; and the Texans hire a man well-versed in righting a troubled football ship in Bill O’Brien: It’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Houston […]