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Traffic Laws, Parenting, and Oysters: Friday’s Show (July 1, 2016)

According to AAA, Âthe upcoming three-day Independence Day weekend will see the highest Fourth of July traffic volume on record. Some 43 million Americans are expected to take to the roads. We want all Houstonians to be safe while traveling this weekend. In that spirit, we welcome your questions forÂTrooper Richard Standifer from the Texas […]

Gail Delaughter, Houston Public MediaAccording to AAA, Âthe upcoming three-day Independence Day weekend will see the highest Fourth of July traffic volume on record. Some 43 million Americans are expected to take to the roads. We want all Houstonians to be safe while traveling this weekend. In that spirit, we welcome your questions forÂTrooper Richard Standifer from the Texas Department of Public Safety, andÂOfficer Salvador Corral from the DWI Task Force with the Houston Police Department. Anything you’d like to know about traffic laws in Texas is welcome at talk@houstonmatters.org.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. Today: Kyrie O’Connor, Russ Capper, and Amber Ambrose discuss the Supreme Court striking down HB 2’s provisions for doctors and clinics that provide abortions, and a lawsuit filed by a former Houstonian against the city, police officers, and St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was Tasered and shot amid a mental health crisis. They also discuss the suspension of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal after he and two Commissioners were indicted for violating the Texas Open Meetings Act. And our panel discusses a charge of trademark infringement by the University of Houston Law Center against the newly renamed Houston College of Law (formerly the South Texas College of Law).

Parenting Challenges in Houston

Parenting’s hard work. But how does parenting in one area of Houston compare to raising kids in another? Houston parents discuss the challenges of raising kids in different parts of the city,

Galveston Bay’s Oyster Industry Struggles

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a disaster declaration for Galveston Bay’s oyster industry, after a second-consecutive year of crops being devastated by freshwater runoff from excessive rains. The declaration is the first step in helping oyster business owners – and the fishermen who work for them – get financial assistance from the state and federal government.ÂBut after a long sequence of disasters – like Hurricane Ike, algae, red tide and drought – will the industry survive? Paige Phelps visits Galveston and San Leon to find out.

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