Whats Next For Houstons Ambitious Bike Trail Project

first_imgListen – / 3The Bayou Greenways project will create a continuous bike trail system along nine Houston waterways.Beth White with the Houston Parks Board says it’s currently one of the biggest recreation projects in the country. “When we’re finished in 2020, we’ll have over 150 miles of trail system in the fourth-largest city in the United States,” says White.The newest trail to open is a two-mile section along White Oak Bayou in the Heights.  As for what happens next, White says they’re focusing on segments that connect existing trails, so cyclists can travel farther without having to mingle with cars.“You’ll see ribbon-cuttings over the next six months where we’re ready to put shovels in the ground,” adds White.The Bayou Greenways project is costing about $220 million. About $100 million comes from a bond issue voters approved in 2012. There’s also been an extensive fundraising campaign. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /00:55last_img read more

For The Human Mind Is There Anything Beyond Comprehension

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X The human mind is pretty amazing – the things it can do, the things it can comprehend run circles around its closest competitor. But can it understand everything?For example, take the number ten. Humans understand the concept, but dogs do not. That’s because our brains are larger and are wired differently. So, with that logic, isn’t it possible there are some things that our brains just aren’t big and complex enough to understand?Dr. Andy Boyd attempts, himself, to make sense of that question in his book Beyond Comprehension: A Scientific Look at the Challenge of Knowing Everything. News 88.7 listeners know Boyd from his contributions to Engines of Ingenuity. He’s also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston.He tells Craig Cohen about his book and what he discovered about the limits of human cognitive capabilities. 00:00 /04:36center_img Pixabay Sharelast_img read more

Man Killed By FBI Agent In Conroe Raid Was Kidnap Victim

first_imgThese are the people charged in the kidnapping of a Conroe man. He was killed during an FBI recovery raid. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/OqetObjS2G— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) January 25, 2018 Photo via Twitter @FrankoPolo Police said the men broke into a home in Conroe and abducted the man. His 12-year-old son called police, who called the FBI for assistance.A kidnapping victim accidentally shot and killed by an FBI agent Thursday has been identified as Ulises Villadares.FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza said the agent shot the man shortly before 4 a.m. during an “operation” at the home. The man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, died later at a hospital.Police in Conroe, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Houston, confirmed the man had been kidnapped and held for ransom.“The system failed. Whether it was accidental or not, the man is not going home to his family,” Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis said.Two men and one woman are charged with aggravated kidnapping, police said. The men also are charged with aggravated robbery.Police said the men broke into a home in Conroe and abducted the man. His 12-year-old son called police, who called the FBI for assistance.The FBI followed cellphone signals to a motel near Houston, where two suspects — both of them men — were found. The suspects directed FBI agents and police officers to a house where another suspect — a woman — was located along with the man who was being held captive. Other people, including children, also were at the home, according to authorities.It’s unclear what led to the gunfire. Garza said the agent who fired the fatal shot is on administrative leave pending an investigation.New court documents show Conroe kidnapping victim Ulises Villadares’s hands were still bound with duck tape when he was shot and killed by an FBI agent. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/J42BzlgoMY— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) January 26, 2018 In a twist revealed late Thursday, court documents show the Conroe kidnapping victim, who was killed during an FBI raid, was related to the wife of one of the suspects. https://t.co/6IiwrZl7ga pic.twitter.com/OW4XKB69s6— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 26, 2018 Fatal #Conroe kidnapping case started here. #ABC13 pic.twitter.com/XKKVaaswKu— Jessica Willey (@ImJessicaWilley) January 26, 2018center_img Share “THE SYSTEM FAILED” – That is how Conroe PD describes the moment a kidnapping victim was killed when FBI agents moved in on the home where the victim was being held. https://t.co/0k10ivLxZx pic.twitter.com/xLTWRwzJNO— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 25, 2018last_img read more

WATCH How Did The Texas Primary Elections Shake Down

first_imgRed, White and Blue hosts focus on the Texas primary runoff election results, including the marquee races for the year as the general elections begin in earnest. With Dr. Jon Taylor, Professor of Political Science, University of St. Thomas; and Dr. Mark P. Jones, Professor of Political Science, Rice University. Original air date: June 1, 2018.Watch more episodes of Red White and Blue Sharelast_img

Homelessness Down 5 In Houston

first_img X The dip comes after the homeless population grew in 2018 following Harvey, which was the first time in seven years that Houston saw an increase in their homeless population. The coalition’s CEO Mike Nichols told Houston Matters, though Harvey is still a factor in some homelessness, there are systematic problems at play. “The child welfare systems, the educational systems, racism, the criminal justice system, all of those systems leave an open pipeline for people who are homeless. The biggest one, of course, is our mental health system that needs so much support,” said Nichols. “Texas is 47th in the nation in spending in mental health, and although we have great people in Harris County who work on these programs, we need more dollars on those programs,” he said.Since 2011, homelessness has decreased 54% in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Nichols attributes that decrease to supportive housing and support from organizations that help the homeless population.For its size, Houston homeless count is relatively small compared to other major cities like New York City, which has some 63,000 homeless people.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /05:55 Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHomeless people moved across the street from the Highway 59 bridge downtown, while workers cleaned the homeless encampment, on November 16th, 2017.Homelessness in Houston decreased 5% compared to last year, according to the 2019 homeless count by the Coalition for the Homeless. They counted some 2,300 people living in shelters and 1,600 living on the streets.center_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

2YearOld Boy Fatally Shot In Spring During Robbery Attempt

first_img Share Sheriff’s officials say two gunmen who were demanding money shot and killed a 2-year-old boy and seriously wounded his father at a residential complex north of Houston.Harris County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Minchew says the boy, his father and a friend of the father were sitting in an open garage late Tuesday in Spring when they were approached by the suspects.It’s not clear what led to the gunfire but the child was shot and died at the scene. His father was shot multiple times and airlifted to a hospital. The friend was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.Minchew says the child’s mother came outside after hearing what she thought were fireworks and was accosted by one of the suspects who demanded money from her.She said she didn’t have any and the suspects fled.This story will be updated as more details become available.last_img read more