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Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half of the cost for roads.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear from Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley about road funding. Then, we talk with TexPIRG Director Sara Smith, and Andrea French, executive director for the Houston Region of the Transportation Advocacy Group.

Also this hour: Paige Phelps talks with Captain Robert Manzo from the Houston Police Department about HPD’s recruitment efforts.

Then: Dare to step outside of your air-conditioned world, and you’ll find Houston offers a unique ecosystem, filled with interesting, creepy crawly things – insects of all manner of size and shape. Ever see one of our many-legged insect friends and wonder: “Just what is that thing?” We try to shed some entomological light with the assistance of Dr. Nancy Greig, entomologist and Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Plus: Laura Isensee talks with outgoing Spring Branch Superintendent Duncan Klussmann, and we preview this year’s Houston Hackathon.

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  • How Far Do Your Tax Dollars Go Toward Road Funding?

    Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half of the cost for roads.

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  • Is It Harder These Days to Recruit New Police Officers?

    From Ferguson to Baltimore, there have been a lot of stories lately about police and their practices. So that got us wondering: how hard is it these days to recruit new police officers in Greater Houston? Last fall, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland asked city leaders for millions of dollars to hire hundreds of new officers. And earlier this year,

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  • Answering Your Questions About Houston’s Bugs and Insects

    We welcome your questions about the wonderful and varied world of insects here in Houston. As the weather warms up, you might have spotted a few more creepy crawly creatures out and about — or on your windshield. Ever wondered “just what is that?” Well, we pose that — and all your bug-related questions — to entomologist Dr. Nancy Greig, Director

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  • Cirque La Vie: A Modern Circus for Houston

    We learn about Cirque La Vie, a Houston circus and acrobatic performance group.

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  • An Exit Interview With Outgoing Spring Branch Superintendent

    The Spring Branch Independent School District is preparing for a new superintendent and has picked a sole finalist for the job. It marks a major change. For the last 10 years, Superintendent Duncan Klussmann has led the district on the west side of Harris County and its 35,000 students. He announced his retirement late last year and is expected to step

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  • Third Houston Hackathon Brings Designers and Programmers Together to Improve Life in the City

    This weekend (May 16-17, 2015) programmers, graphic designers and other multimedia professionals will participate in the third City of Houston Hackathon. Now, the word “hack” might conjure something negative, but — as organizer Jeff Reichman tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty — the purpose is to bring together dozens of the city’s creative professionals to find ways to improve life in Greater

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Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager, to talk show host, reporter, news director, and producer. He's interviewed politicians, industry leaders, authors, newsmakers, and the occasional Muppet. Craig seeks to make the world a slightly better place every day, by informing, enlightening, and entertaining.View all posts by Craig Cohen →