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Tuesday’s Show: How A State Takeover Of HISD Would Work, And Practicing Haitian Vodou (Dec. 3, 2019)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We examine the history of the Port Neches chemical plant where explosions and a fire occurred last week. An expert walks us through how the impending state takeover of the HISD board might work. A bug expert answers your questions. And we meet a local practitioner of the Haitian Vodou religion.

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A third tower fell early Monday morning at the Port Neches chemical plant where two explosions and a fire injured three people last week. The Houston-owned facility has been out of compliance with federal clean air laws for years. We learn more about the plant's history:

Also this hour: How will the impending state takeover of the HISD board work? How does the state choose who will replace the board members already elected – and what happens to them? Plus, when would the takeover end, and – perhaps most importantly – how will all this affect students and educators? Those are just some of the many questions that will have to be answered should the takeover proceed after some legal challenges are sorted out. Education expert Duncan Klussmann helps us understand how it all might work and answers your questions:

Then, Erin Mills from the Houston Museum of Natural Science answers your questions about bugs and insects in Greater Houston:

And we meet a local practitioner of the Haitian Vodou religion:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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