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Architecture Tour Gives Houstonians Close Up Look at the City’s Most Notable Designs

Posted on · The 38th Annual Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour will take place from 1 1o 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Titled “Additionally,” this spring’s tour brings members and their guests to eight Houston residences, dating from 1885 to 1964, that have been given substantial additions in recent years by local architecture […]

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Trash Bash Removes 49 Tons of Garbage from Area Watershed

Posted on · We learn about the Bayou Preservation Association‘s annual Trash Bash Saturday, March 29. It’s the largest waterway clean-up event in Texas. Volunteers clean up some 49 tons of trash along the Galveston Bay Watershed — everything from toilet seats to TVs to refrigerators. Executive Director Kathy Lord talks about the event and its mission.

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Houston Sun Founder Discusses How Community Newspapers Have Changed in 30 Years

Posted on · The Houston Sun will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in December. The community newspaper targets the African American demographic in Houston. We talk with its founder and publisher, Dorris Ellis, about the history of the paper and the changing role of the community newspaper in an evolving media age.

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What’s Being Done to Deal with Houston’s Stray Animal Problem?

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston City Council passed an animal control measure by a 15 to 1 vote (with one council member absent). The measure sets into motion policy changes designed to help Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) better address our ongoing challenges with dangerous animals. Currently, the department doesn’t have enough officers […]

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Strays, The Houston Sun, & the Bayou City Arts Fest: Houston Matters for Thurs., March 27, 2014

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston City Council passed an animal control measure by a 15 to 1 vote (with one council member absent). The measure sets into motion policy changes designed to help Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) better address our ongoing challenges with dangerous animals. Currently, the department doesn’t have enough officers […]

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Traffic in Houston Is Not So Bad…At Least if You’re Kayaking

Posted on · On the heels of our recent discussion about what's on your Houston "bucket list," Houston Public Media Director of Content Capella Tucker and Houston Matters host Craig Cohen knock one item off the list, as they kayak along Buffalo Bayou, courtesy of Bayou City Adventures. More: Bayou City Adventures Kayaking Schedule Map of the Houston […]

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20th Annual Paws in the Park Kicks Off in Pearland

Posted on · Pup Squad Animal Rescue and the City of Pearland Parks and Recreation are kicking off the 20th annual Paws in the Park. In addition to a Dock Diving competition, Paws in the Park will host teams from across the nation competing in the US Dog Disc Nationals. There are several demonstrations planned throughout the weekend […]

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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; […]

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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, HPDÂ says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; […]

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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 […]

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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 […]