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Full Show: Benzene Levels Around Deer Park, And Combatting Antibiotic Resistance (March 21, 2019)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The latest on benzene levels detected around Deer Park, new ways to combat antibiotic resistance, the effect of immigration policy on the construction workforce, and writer Kathi Appelt.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Elevated benzene levels detected in Deer Park around the site of the extinguished ITC chemical facility fire have led to shelter-in-place alerts there and in Galena Park. Several school districts have canceled classes, and highways have been closed. Health officials say the levels are low enough they shouldn’t cause symptoms outside of the immediate area, but they issued the shelter-in-place out of caution. We learn the latest.

Also this hour: The World Health Organization has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the top public health threats facing the world. We discuss what steps are being used to limit the impact of growing antibiotic resistance here in Houston.

Then, we learn about the impact of current immigration policies on the construction labor force in Houston. Plus, writer Kathi Appelt discusses her young adult novel, Angel Thieves.

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