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Groundbreaking For Midtown’s New Innovation Hub, And State Leaders Urge Prosecutors To Enforce Marijuana Laws (July 19, 2019)
Jul 19 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the future site of The Ion – a property owned by Rice University that is set to be an innovation hub, where venture capital firms and accelerator programs can come together.…
Expanding Market-Based Parking, Echo Chambers, And Preserving Blues Artifacts (July 18, 2019)
Jul 18 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: You may, in the future, find fewer places to park in EaDo, Midtown, and the Near Northside. Houston City Council Wednesday voted to expand “market-based parking” into some portions of those neighborhoods. That means new…
Vote Delayed On Sewage Plan, Political Roundup, And Women’s Football In The ’70s (July 17, 2019)
Jul 17 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The Houston City Council is delaying a vote on an agreement with the EPA to curb sewage spills that violate the federal Clean Water Act. If approved, the agreement would cost $2 billion over 15 years. We get the latest from…
More Extreme Heat In Texas’ Future, And The Legacy Of Apollo 11 (July 16, 2019)
Jul 16 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A new report from the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists says that, without significant carbon emissions reductions globally, by the middle of the century Texas will see more than three times as many days a year…
Preventing HIV/AIDS, And How Air Conditioning Shaped Houston (July 15, 2019)
Jul 15 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: The head of the CDC is in Houston today in connection with a Trump administration initiative to dramatically reduce the rate of new HIV infections through more effective distribution of preventative drugs. We learn why Harris…
Complaints Against A Faith-Based Health Share Company, And The Rockets Land Russell Westbrook (July 12, 2019)
Jul 12 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: A faith-based health share plan is under fire after several consumer complaints, including one from a Woodlands woman who claims Aliera Healthcare is denying coverage for her chemotherapy treatments. Jenny Deam of the Houston…
Tropical Storm Barry Update, And Looming Immigration Raids (July 11, 2019)
Jul 11 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: As Tropical Storm Barry approaches, New Orleans received some eight inches of rain Wednesday causing street flooding. While Louisiana may have more stormy weather ahead, what about Houston? Meteorologist Jeff Evans from the…
What New Petrochemical Projects Mean For The Region, And Playing Cricket In Prairie View (July 10, 2019)
Jul 10 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Woodlands-based Chevron Phillips Chemical has signed a deal with Qatar Petroleum to develop an $8 billion petrochemical plant along the Gulf Coast that would make mostly plastics. And there are many other projects like…
Hurricane Season Preparedness, And One Architect’s Dream To Repurpose The Astrodome (July 9, 2019)
Jul 9 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We continue to monitor a storm system that has been developing over Georgia and the Florida panhandle over the last couple of days. It’s not a hurricane. It’s not a tropical storm. It’s not, at this moment, even a tropical…
Affordable Care Act Case In Texas, And Rerouting I-45 (July 8, 2019)
Jul 8 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Last year, a federal judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. State Republican leaders promised a plan to replace it. But, so far, there’s no such plan should an appeals court uphold that ruling this…
New Hemp Law, The Food Scene In Katy, And Broadway’s Aladdin (July 3, 2019)
Jul 3 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A new Texas law regarding hemp is having some unintended consequences for how marijuana cases are handled. Also this hour: From President Trump’s plans for a parade and rally along the Washington Mall on the Fourth of July,…
DUI Prevention, And Defining Patriotism (July 2, 2019)
Jul 2 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Drunken driving arrests are up nearly 75 percent in the first six months of the 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the Houston Police Department. But that doesn’t necessarily mean more drunk drivers are…
Vetting Sources In Breaking News, And Plans To Eliminate Student Debt (July 1, 2019)
Jul 1 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: A Texas Tribune investigation found a source many news organizations quoted related to the Santa Fe school shooting last year doesn’t exist. David Briscoe was quoted in articles by Time, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, but…
Father And Daughter Memorial At The Border, And HISD Budget Approved 5-1 (June 28, 2019)
Jun 28 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: News 88.7’s Immigration Reporter, Elizabeth Trovall, is reporting live from the border. She tells us about a memorial for Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 2-year-old daughter, Angie Valeria Martinez, who both drowned earlier…
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Final Decisions, And Last Night’s Democratic Presidential Debate Overview (June 27, 2019)
Jun 27 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its term today by releasing its final opinions, including one temporarily blocking a proposed citizenship question for the next U.S. Census, and another suggesting it’s not up to the…
Kinder Morgan Wins Texas Eminent Domain Challenge, And Wrongful Conviction Compensation Denied (June 26, 2019)
Jun 26 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A Travis County District Court ruled Tuesday that Kinder Morgan Inc. does not need to seek approval from the Texas Railroad Commission to build its proposed $2 billion natural gas pipeline. Landowners had challenged Kinder…
DA Ogg Requests Additional Funds To Hire Prosecutors, And Why We Are Emotionally Attached To Local Brands (June 25, 2019)
Jun 25 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg wants money to hire additional prosecutors and investigators. Harris County Commissioners Court is considering her request. Ogg joins us to explain exactly what she wants to do. And,…
Houston Reactions To “Postponed” ICE Raids, And Paying For Education Without Breaking The Bank (June 24, 2019)
Jun 24 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: On Saturday (June 22) President Trump “postponed” his threat of ICE raids across 10 major cities in the nation, including Houston. News 88.7’s immigration reporter Elizabeth Trovall tells us why immigrant families are…
Police Seek Katy Man In Connection With David Ortiz Shooting, And EPA And Local Partners Discuss Lead Dust (June 21, 2019)
Jun 21 • 51 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: Police in the Dominican Republic say 43-year-old Víctor Hugo Gómez, whose last known address was in Katy, is wanted in the mistaken shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz on June 9, 2019. Gómez, an associate of Mexico’s…
TxDOT’s Largest Road Project Raises Questions About Driver Safety, And The History And Legacy Of Houston’s Pride Festival (June 20, 2019)
Jun 20 • 50 min
Thursday’s Houston Matters: A chunk of concrete fell off I-45 Thursday morning as Houstonians made their morning commutes. No one was injured, but the incident has prompted questions about highway safety. We address those safety issues with TxDOT Houston…
Harris Co. Judge Hidalgo Addresses Residents’ Concerns, And Our Complicated Relationship With Plastics (June 19, 2019)
Jun 19 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discusses some of the issues county residents are concerned about — such as disaster preparation, transportation, and air quality — as indicated in a survey the judge conducted since taking…
Texas Voter Poll, And The Separation Of Church And State (June 18, 2019)
Jun 18 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A new poll finds Democrats and Republicans in Texas are sharply divided over, well, pretty much everything. No surprise there. But independents in the Lone Star State are starting to sing a slightly different tune – and that…
HISD’s New State Funds, And Writer Elliot Ackerman (June 17, 2019)
Jun 17 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: As Texas rolls out new school finance rules, the Houston Federation of Teachers has ideas for how HISD should spend some additional state funding. We discuss what the teacher’s union is saying about $135 million headed to the…
Possible Changes To Sex Ed, And Writer Tembi Locke (June 14, 2019)
Jun 14 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: State officials are recommending changes to sex education in schools. We talk with an expert from UTHealth about what this could mean for the state. Also this hour: The benefits of technology seem pretty numerous these days,…
Global Trade, Kosher Business, And Weird Al (June 13, 2019)
Jun 13 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Greater Houston Partnership has revealed findings of a report on Houston’s economic place in the world. The GHP’s 2019 Global Houston report focuses on foreign investment, immigration, and trade, showing growth in all…
Ranking Texas Health Care, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (June 12, 2019)
Jun 12 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: New rankings from The Commonwealth Fund put Texas at the bottom of the list for health care access and affordability. We take a look at health care in Texas — where it’s improving and where it hasn’t. Also this hour: In our…
Southern Baptist Convention, And Inside The School Finance Reform Bill (June 11, 2019)
Jun 11 • 48 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: As the Southern Baptist Convention begins in Alabama, church leaders say addressing sexual abuse within Southern Baptist churches is one of their top priorities. The meeting follows a Houston Chronicle investigation examining…
Sex Abuse And The Church, And Protecting Seniors From Scams (June 10, 2019)
Jun 10 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Religious leaders are holding key meetings this week amid newly-uncovered allegations about sexual abuse and misconduct and how they’ve been addressed in their churches. First, the Southern Baptist Convention holds its annual…
Carbon Neutral Oil, And Highway Construction Updates (June 7, 2019)
Jun 7 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: Some oil producers are touting efforts to pursue ways to simultaneously scrub carbon dioxide from the air while producing more oil. If they get the balance right, the resulting fuel would theoretically be “carbon neutral.” If…
Migrant Detention Upsurge, And Answers To Your Questions About Sleep (June, 6, 2019)
Jun 6 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics released Wednesday indicate more than 144,000 migrants were taken into custody in May. That’s 32 percent more than in April — and also the highest arrest total overall in 13…
Pressing For Disaster Relief Funds, Political Roundup, And Musician Pete Yorn (June 5, 2019)
Jun 5 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We get an update from the National Weather Service on the heavy rain that’s been affecting the region. And, since Hurricane Harvey made landfall nearly two years ago, we’ve heard more and more about how Houston’s concrete…
Petrochemical Industry Emergency Response Efforts, And NASA’s Twins Studies (June 4, 2019)
Jun 4 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We look back on the morning of March 17, 2019 when a tank fire broke out at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, sending a black plume of smoke into the air that could be seen from miles away. That fire raised…
Children At Risk Release School Report Card, And Southern Baptist Missionary Abuse Uncovered (June 3, 2019)
Jun 3 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Children at Risk president Dr. Robert Sanborn joins us to discuss their 2019 report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Then, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has a feature on the Houston…
Preparing For Hurricane Season, And Issues Facing Texas Teachers (May 31, 2019)
May 31 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: Harris County will raise property appraisals significantly for homes that were given a tax break last year after Harvey. We discuss what this year’s appraised value would be based on the value of the property before the damage…
Safety Measures At Sporting Events, And What We Know About CBD (May 30, 2019)
May 30 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A young child was hospitalized last night after being struck by a foul ball during the fourth inning of the Astros game at Minute Maid Park. Sadly, sometimes at events like this fans get injured – and in rare cases even…
Immigration Plans From Texas Presidential Candidates, And The Week In Politics (May 29, 2019)
May 29 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Texas presidential candidates Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke have both unveiled their plans for immigration should either be elected. We learn how they’d manage the country’s immigration system. Also this hour: From…
Legislature Wrap-Up, And Improving Houston Parking (May 28, 2019)
May 28 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: After the marathon of 140 days, the 2019 Texas Legislature has ended. From the state budget, to health care, to education policies, we discuss the accomplishments and failures of the session. Also this hour: A national expert…
Houston’s Future Transportation Needs, And The Effect Of Freestanding ERs (May 24, 2019)
May 24 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: The Houston-Galveston Area Council is considering the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, which identifies the region’s transportation needs, goals, and policies over the next 25 years, when the region is projected to have some…
Harvey Bill Heads To The Governor, And Homebuying Is Overrated (May 23, 2019)
May 23 • 49 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A sweeping flood projects bill heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Legislature passed the measure establishing new funds for grants and loans to local governments, now almost two years out from Hurricane Harvey.…
Raising The Age For Tobacco, And The Lost Galveston Hurricane Statue (May 22, 2019)
May 22 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Assuming Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bill passed by state lawmakers, you may soon need to be 21 to buy tobacco products in Texas. We discuss what this bill might accomplish, and what else is being done to try to curb tobacco…
Generational Differences Among Texas Voters, And The China Trade War’s Affect On Houston (May 21, 2019)
May 21 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: While many Texas voters tend to agree on limiting property taxes and opposing a higher sales tax, there are sharp differences of opinion between older and younger Texans when it comes to other issues. That’s according to new…
Accountability For Environmental Incidents, And Hearing From All Sides (May 20, 2019)
May 20 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: It’s been just over two months since a fire broke out at the ITC chemical facility in Deer Park, sending a plume of black smoke over much of Houston. The incident is just the latest of several in recent memory that have…
The Human Toll Of Santa Fe, One Year Later (May 17, 2019)
May 17 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: Tomorrow marks one year since the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed ten people and injured 13 others. The school is holding a day of remembrance today to honor the victims. During the past year, News…
Prop B Ruled Unconstitutional, And Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad (May 16, 2019)
May 16 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: With the ruling yesterday that Proposition B violates the Texas constitution, which the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association plans to appeal, we take a closer look at where the saga goes next and how it will affect…
Homelessness In Houston, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (May 15, 2019)
May 15 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We learn more about the annual homeless count from The Coalition for the Homeless. In 2018, for the first time, the count showed a spike in the unsheltered population by 18 percent. The Coalition says that was mostly due to…
Bayport Chemical Spill, And Hosting The World Cup (May 14, 2019)
May 14 • 50 min
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Hundreds of fish have reportedly washed up on shore in Kemah. And state health officials have suspended oyster harvesting and are urging the public not to eat fish caught in a certain part of Galveston Bay. That’s after an…
Annual Survey Reveals What Concerns Houstonians (May 13, 2019)
May 13 • 50 min
On Monday’s Houston Matters: The latest Houston Area Survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is being revealed at a luncheon today. It’s the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life…
Heavy Rain And Flooding, And Synchronized Swimming (May 10, 2019)
May 10 • 50 min
On Friday’s Houston Matters: More heavy rain is expected tonight and this weekend as Houston deals with some of the heaviest rainfall it’s seen since Hurricane Harvey. We get the latest forecast and learn how the area’s creeks and bayous have handled the…
Saving Historic Texas Dance Halls, Jared Diamond, And Actor Wilmer Valderrama (May 9, 2019)
May 9 • 50 min
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Environmental Integrity Project says air quality data reveals concerning levels of sulfur dioxide tied to oil and gas production in the Texas Permian Basin. The group is calling on the EPA and TCEQ to bring more rigorous…
Report On Surge Flooding, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (May 8, 2019)
May 8 • 50 min
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Recent torrential rains have created pockets of flooding throughout the city, which is a reminder that such surge flooding poses a significant threat to the economic security of the Houston area. A new report from Rice…