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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it.

Dian Nostikasari and Kyle Shelton of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research have published their findings in a new report called Learning from Close Calls: A Glimpse Into Near-Miss Experiences. On today’s show, Joshua Zinn has more on what they found, and what exactly they mean by a “near-miss.”

Also this hour…

Legal Challenges Anticipated Over SB 4

Almost immediately after Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 4, the so-called “Sanctuary Cities” bill into law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a preemptive lawsuit asking a federal court to uphold its constitutionality. Shortly after that, the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit against the Governor and Attorney General alleging that the law is unconstitutional. This is only just the beginning in what may shape up to be a lengthy legal fight over the bill. Josh Blackman, associate professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston joins us to examine how else the bill might be challenged, and what we might learn from a previous immigration law tussle in Arizona.

Mental Health in Church

Dr. Rheeda Walker is a psychology professor at the University of Houston, and she’s the lead consultant for the Advancing Emotional Health initiative at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. She holds free workshops at a number of African American churches in Houston on mental health awareness. The World Health Organization estimates one in four people worldwide are affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. But Dr. Walker says African Americans are less likely to seek help for it. She believes churches are the key to reaching them. We find out why.

SPA 50th Anniversary

The Houston-based Society for the Performing Arts is somewhat unique in the region’s arts scene, because it features, well, a little bit of everything: SPA performances range from musical acts to puppetry shows to dance companies to appearances by authors. This year, SPA celebrates its 50th anniversary with a performance by Jessica Lang Dance (May 20, 2017) specifically commissioned by the organization. To talk about the dance performance — and the organization’s past 50 years — Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn speaks with June Christensen, SPA’s CEO, and Jordan Drum, director of operations.

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  • Study Examines How and Where ‘Near-Misses’ Happen on Houston Roads

    (Above: An illustration of some common “near-misses” Houston cyclists and pedestrians face on Houston roads. Images Courtesy: Kinder Institute for Urban Research.) We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads – moments where we just dodged an accident. It could be a host of things, from changing lanes and not realizing there was someone in your blind spot to a speeding

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  • The Mystery of the Missing Crosswalk

    (Above: A warning sign at a missing crosswalk in northwest Houston tells pedestrians not to cross. Photo: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media) A man in northwest Houston recently reached out to News 88.7 wanting to know why he has to go all the way around an intersection just to get across the street. The City of Houston says it may

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  • Numerous, Lengthy Legal Battles Expected Over Texas’ New ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law

    Almost immediately after Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a preemptive lawsuit asking a federal court to uphold its constitutionality. Shortly after that, the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit against the governor and attorney general alleging that the law is unconstitutional. This is

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  • Using Church as Mental Health Outreach

    Dr. Rheeda Walker is a psychology professor at the University of Houston, and she’s the lead consultant for the Advancing Emotional Health initiative at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. She holds free workshops at a number of African American churches in Houston on mental health awareness. The World Health Organization estimates one in four people worldwide are affected by a

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  • DiverseCity: Venezuelans Call Houston Suburb ‘Katy-zuela’

    We meet Houstonian Mariana Torrealba-Prado, who is originally from Venezuela. She says there are so many Venezuelans in the Katy area they call it “Katy-zuela.” She talks about the differences between culture in Houston and her native country and talks about what she loves — and doesn’t love — about life here. This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long initiative

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  • Society for the Performing Arts Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

    (Above: The interior of Houston’s Jones Hall. Image Courtesy: SPA Houston) The Houston-based Society for the Performing Arts is somewhat unique in the region’s arts scene because it features, well, a little bit of everything. SPA performances range from musical acts to puppetry shows to dance companies to appearances by authors. This year, SPA celebrates its 50th anniversary with a performance by Jessica

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