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Full Show: Groundbreaking For Midtown’s New Innovation Hub, And State Leaders Urge Prosecutors To Enforce Marijuana Laws (July 19, 2019)

On Friday’s Houston Matters: We find out what The Ion, a new innovation hub in Midtown, will do, and hear from Houstonians who remember watching the live broadcast of the moon landing. Also, NASA’s astronaut Andrew Feustel talks with a student from the Mars generation, and we cover The Good, The Bad And The Ugly of the week.

On Friday’s Houston Matters: A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the future site of The Ion – a property owned by Rice University that is set to be an innovation hub, where venture capital firms and accelerator programs can come together. News 88.7’s Florian Martin reports on the morning’s events and discusses what this development will or will not do.

Then, Texas State leaders sent a joint letter to all Lone Star state district and county attorneys urging them to prosecute marijuana cases, even as a recent law establishing a definition for hemp may have unintentionally redefined how prosecutors should determine what constitutes marijuana. We talk with Ryan Poppe, State Capitol reporter for Texas Public Radio, about the letter.

Also this hour: As we celebrate 50 years since men first set foot on the moon, we look back with some of our fellow Houstonians who remember watching Apollo 11 moon landing’s live broadcast on July 20, 1969.

And, in the final installment of Houston Public Media’s series Moonwalk: NASA’s astronaut Andrew Feustel talks with a student from the Mars generation.

Plus: When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. 

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