On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Yesterday’s fire at Exxon Mobil’s plant in Baytown left a now-familiar plume of smoke in the skyline and 37 people injured. This is the fourth petrochemical fire in the region in the past eight months. Harris County has sued the company, saying the release of chemicals violates the Clean Air Act. Luke Metzger of the advocacy group Environment Texas discusses Exxon's history of violating regulations at that complex.
Also this hour: We learn more about the latest advancements in lung cancer detection and treatment as well as how changes to the culture of smoking are affecting the prevalence of the disease.
Plus, in August 1619, about 20 Africans who were kidnapped from their villages in present-day Angola arrived in Virginia. We discuss the magnitude of that event and the legacy of slavery 400 years later.
And local musician and educator Lauren Haley talks about her book Kids Aren't Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music.