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Immigration Reform and La Porte Chemical Leak Deaths: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds […]

Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds of politics in Washington, it’s more or less likely we’ll see genuine immigration reform of one kind or another in the next two years.

Also this hour: On Saturday, four workers died at a La Porte industrial plant about 30 miles east of Houston. The deaths, along with one injury, occurred at the DuPont plant during a toxic chemical leak. We discuss the accident, the plant and the ensuing investigation with Houston Public Media’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling.

Then: Are we losing our ability to turn a phrase? Will this continue as technology renders letter writing anachronistic? We talk it over with an area high school English teacher, a college faculty member and the director of the organization Writers in the Schools.

Plus: Last year, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation offered Houstonians an opportunity to purchase seats from the Astrodome. Matthew Murphy jumped at the chance. He even made a short film about it, called The Last Seat At The DomeHouston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Murphy about the film and his hopes for the Astrodome’s future.

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