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How Houston Lost Track of Millions in Housing Funds

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of Information requests regarding a fund […]

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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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Problems with Houston’s Sewers Could Soon Lead to Higher Water Bills

Posted on · Problems with many of Houston’s aging sewer pipes could lead to higher water bills for many residents. Michael Hagerty talked with the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris to find out just how much – and what’s wrong with the city’s sewers in the first place. MORE: Massive City Sewer Struggles Will Mean Higher Water Bills (Houston […]

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How Effective Have Ethics Regulations Been at City Hall?

Posted on · Late Wednesday night (6/17/15), the Houston City Council approved a $5.1 billion budget for FY ’16. It came after hours of wide-ranging discussions about ongoing union talks, deed restrictions, and a number of amendments. It was a long night for City Hall reporters too — the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris among them. Nevertheless, he joins us […]

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City Hall, Synthetic Drugs & Lacrosse: Thursday’s Show (June 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late Wednesday night (6/17/15), the Houston City Council approved a $5.1 billion budget for FY ’16. It came after hours of wide-ranging discussions about ongoing union talks, deed restrictions, and a number of amendments. It was a long night for City Hall reporters too — the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris among them. Nevertheless, he joins us […]

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A Closer Look at Mayor Parker’s $5.1 Budget Budget Proposal

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker’s administration. We talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape a mayoral race whose candidates have […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker’s administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]

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What Will the New Memorial Park Look Like, Now that a Master Plan Has Been Approved?

Posted on · With warm weather finally here, many Houstonians are enjoying the outdoors at one of Houston’s premiere green spaces – Memorial Park. But the park might look markedly different in the next few years. Earlier this month, the Houston City Council approved a plan for the overhaul of Memorial Park – its new master plan. To […]

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OTC Preview and the Astros’ Streak: Monday’s Show (May 4, 2015)

Posted on · The 2015 Offshore Technology Conference kicks off today at NRG Park. More than 90,000 oil and gas professionals from 130-plus countries will converge to learn about the industry’s latest technology and equipment. Also high on the minds of OTC attendees: how the drop in oil prices is impacting the industry, and what the new Subsea […]

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Potential Changes To Houston City Charter Would Be Most Consequential In Decades

Posted on · Houston’s City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council’s meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city’s revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking a […]

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City Charter and NOAA Sea Turtle Farm: Friday’s Show (March 13, 2015)

Posted on · Houston’s City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council’s meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city’s revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking a […]

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What’s in Store for the Houston City Council in 2015?

Posted on · Last year, Houston’s City Council tackled some challenging issues, including passage of an equal rights ordinance, and folding app-based paid ride services into rules governing transportation in the city. We discuss what’s in store for the Houston City Council in 2015 with reporter Mike Morris, who covers City Hall for the Houston Chronicle.

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City Council Preview and Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Posted on · Last year, Houston’s City Council tackled some challenging issues, including passage of an equal rights ordinance, and folding app-based paid ride services into rules governing transportation in the city. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what’s in store for the Houston City Council in 2015 with reporter Mike Morris, who covers City Hall […]

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Have Payday Lenders Lost Business Since Houston’s New Regulations Went Into Effect?

Posted on · You’ve seen them all over Greater Houston – and maybe you’ve even had to use one: payday or auto title loan centers. Customers short on cash can get a high-interest loan due at their next payday or they can borrow money with the title to their car as collateral. There are about 360 payday and […]