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Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discusses hurricanes, indigent health care and (yes) the Astrodome at Houston Skyline Rotary

June 3, 2015

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In a recent talk, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discussed being the chief emergency official in a highly urbanized county, the problems associated with taking care of mental health patients in the Harris County Jail and the fate of the Astrodome.

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Annise Parker discusses her Houston legacy, possible future plans at Skyline Rotary

May 17, 2015

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In a recent talk, Houston Mayor Annise Parker Annise Parker discussed some of the legacy issues of her time as mayor, but gave only the slightest hint of her intentions after leaving the office.

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The Common Good or An Age of Selfishness?

September 29, 2011

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How and whether American society can work toward the common good in an “age of selfishness” will be the core theme of the 2012 election, a leader of the progressive Christian movement told a Houston audience.

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Astrophysicist star Neil deGrasse Tyson calls for Mars mission

April 14, 2011

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If there’s a rock star among astrophysicists today, his name is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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EPA administrator addresses TCEQ fight in Houston event

January 19, 2011

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for the region which includes Texas told a Houston live and radio audience Wednesday that his agency is making great strides in improving the state’s environment, despite some “disagreements” with the state’s environmental regulation agency.

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Houston turns out for redistricting hearing

November 21, 2010

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Redistricting may seem a dry subject in high school civics class, but a large and passionate group of Houston-area folks turned out for a hearing Saturday morning to discuss just that.

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Parker discusses governor’s race, immigration at Rice talk

November 12, 2010

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Friday she uncomfortably found herself becoming part of the recent Texas gubernatorial race in which Republican incumbent Rick Perry handily defeated her predecessor, Democrat Bill White.

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TCEQ chairman defends state agency’s fight with EPA

November 4, 2010

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The chair of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Thursday defended the state agency’s position in its battle with the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the use of “flexible permits” for industrial facilities.

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Southeast Texans participate in Environmental Town Hall

November 2, 2010

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A state representative, joking that his remarks could put him in imminent harm from his colleagues, said Monday he expects the mission of the Texas Commisson on Environmental Quality will remain primarily focused on protecting economic interests more than the environment after next year’s legislative session.

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Houston “puts teeth” into historic preservation

October 13, 2010

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After months of political wrangling and heated public debate, Houston City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to amend its existing historic preservation ordinance, making it what Mayor Annise Parker called a “real no means no” law that would prevent residential property owners from tearing down homes in designated historic districts.

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