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GOP Convention Wrap-Up: Friday’s Show (July 22, 2016)

The 2016 Republican National Convention concluded last night (July 21, 2016), with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us from Cleveland to discuss the Texas GOP delegation’s week. (Above: Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of the […]

Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (Photo: Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media)The 2016 Republican National Convention concluded last night (July 21, 2016), with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us from Cleveland to discuss the Texas GOP delegation’s week.

(Above: Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Photo: Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media)

Then: recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit.

We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. We explore why, in some cases, Houston really can’t be like another city, and we welcome any examples you have of other cities that, in some way, you wish Houston would emulate.

Also this hour:

San Jacinto Waste Pits Update

In 2005, Texas Parks and Wildlife discovered what became known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits in Pasadena, where Champion Paper Mill had once contracted with a company to dispose of industrial waste. That company chose to place that waste in pits along the San Jacinto river. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the pits a Superfund site. In 2011, a cap was installed to stem the flow of toxins from the pits to the river. Now, a settlement has been reached to fix it. We learn the latest from News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling, and Scott Jones, the director of advocacy for the Galveston Bay Foundation.

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 week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss: Gov. Greg Abbott calling for strengthening penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement, and a stiff sentence for the former St. Louis Cardinals employee who hacked the Astros. This week’s panel includes blogger and Androvett legal consultant Mary Flood, Off the Kuff political blogger Charles Kuffner, and Tamara Tabo, who writes about the law and politics at AboveTheLaw.com.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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