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Full Show: Helping LGBTQ Veterans, And Digging For Dinosaurs In Texas (July 24, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Congress needs to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires July 31. A new study looks at a major cause for pedestrian accidents. We learn about new efforts to help Houston’s LGBTQ veterans. We go digging for dinosaurs in Texas. And we learn about Houston’s Afro-Latin Dance Fest.


On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Lawmakers in Washington could vote as early as today to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to lapse July 31. And a new study looks at one major cause for accidents between pedestrians and vehicles in Houston.

Also this hour: We learn about a new initiative to help Houston’s LGBTQ veterans. It’s a collaboration between the Montrose Center and the Lone Star Veterans Association.

Then, in the summer of 1993, the film Jurassic Park made waves not only in the movie industry, but also in the field of paleontology. Public interest in dinosaurs and the science of digging up and analyzing fossils had a huge surge after the film. Texas itself is a rich source of fossils. David Temple from the Houston Museum of Natural Science tells us about some of the ongoing work in Texas paleontology.

Plus: Houston’s Afro-Latin Dance Fest. now in its fifth year, celebrates Houston's diverse population and features workshops and live performances for dance styles like salsa, rumba, and others from Latin American and Africa. We learn more about the festival and its origins.

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