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Houston Matters For Friday, June 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore why Texas leads the way in executions, and what it says about us. Also, the energy industry is a key component of Houston’s economy. We’ll talk with author Michael Leviabout his new book The Power Surge, which calls for a “most of the above” approach to America’s energy policy. Plus, an Astrodome update, and a […]

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Juneteenth at Emancipation Park

Posted on · The world’s oldest Juneteenth parade and festival takes place once again this year, where it began, at Emancipation Park in Houston. The 141st annual celebration commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. That announcement came some two and half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect in the North. […]

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“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” in Houston News This Week

Posted on · We premiere a new occasional segment on Houston Matters. It’s called “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” We ask three panelists to place stories in the week’s news into one of those three categories. Our inaugural panel features political blogger Charles Kuffner, Houston Chronicle Columnist Lisa Falkenberg, and attorney and host of “Partisan Gridlock” […]

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Improving the Houston Daily Commute (part 1)

Posted on · Traffic can be brutal, at times, in Houston. Never more so during “peak” hours. What once may have been referred to as “rush hours” are really solid three hour stretches each weekday morning and evening, as commuters travel to and from work. What can we do to improve the daily commute? We ask KUHF’s transportation […]

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Why A Houston Area Church Gym is Filled with Jugglers

Posted on · Saturday is World Juggling Day. (Yeah, we don’t know how we missed that on the calendar, either). To celebrate, juggler extraordinaire Jim Mackenzie will debut a new show entitled “Stage Flight” at the Frenetic Theater Friday and Saturday. We talk with Jim about his show (which he stresses is not just juggling – there’s sword swallowing, whips, unicycles […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 14, 2013

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses all […]

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What Houston Students and Educators REALLY Learned This School Year

Posted on · Another school year is ending for area K through 12ers. K-U-H-F’s Education Reporter Laura Isensee asked Houston-area students and educators what they really learned this year. She produced this audio postcard. Devin Guevara, 10, Neff Elementary Paige Fernandez, teacher, Neff Elementary Janeth Salanic, 10, Neff Elementary Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District Alexandria Jones, […]

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Why the Irish Rugby Team is in Houston

Posted on · And now, heeeere’s the pitch…no, no, not that kind of pitch. Not even that sport. You see, it’s not just baseball season, it’s rugby season. And in rugby, the pitch is the field. Saturday night, the USA Men’s National Rugby Team will take on Ireland’s national team at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin […]

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How Redistricting in Texas Affects Your Houston Neighborhood

Posted on · The federal Voting Rights Act requires Texas and several other states to get approval from the federal government whenever they change their election laws. That includes the redrawing of legislative and Congressional maps. And so it was in 2011, that Texas lawmakers redrew the maps, only to have them rejected by a federal court, because […]

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Summer Road Trips in and Around Houston

Posted on · Summer is nearly upon us. You may be tempted to hit the road, and leave Houston behind for a day at the beach, or a weekend in Austin – or maybe you’ve found a hidden treasure somewhere off the beaten path, well outside the loop, that you’d like to clue us all in on To […]

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Memorial for Houston’s Four Fallen Firefighters

Posted on · On Wednesday, thousands filed into Reliant Stadium to attend a memorial service for four Houston firefighters killed while combatting a motel fire in southwest Houston on May 31. It was the most catastrophic loss of life the Houston Fire Department had ever experienced in a single incident.

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 7, 2013

Posted on · Houston welcomes U.S. and Irish rugby teams to town this weekend, for a game that’s bound to be filled with scrums, knock-ons, mulligrubbers and falcons. Any idea what any of that means? Producer Edel Howlin visited with the Irish squad, and will share a little rugby 101 during today’s Houston Matters. Under the Voting Rights […]