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Friday’s Show: Battles Over Jurisdiction In A Pandemic, And Restaurants Start Reopening (May 1, 2020)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: The push and pull over governmental authority in a crisis, extraordinary measures as restaurants reopen, how social distancing has affected wildlife, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news, and retiring State Sen. Kirk Watson on training future leaders.

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On Monday’s Houston Matters: The see-saw between Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s order to wear masks in public and Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to gradually reopen Texas businesses is a reminder of the push and pull between state and local governments in Texas. We get a refresher on which entities have authority over what in a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

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Also this hour: We learn about some of the extraordinary measures some local restaurants have to take in order to reopen at 25 percent capacity starting today.

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Then, we learn how social distancing has affected wildlife in Greater Houston.

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Plus, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.

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And State Sen. Kirk Watson talks about what he wants to teach the next generation of policy makers. He’s leaving the Texas Senate to become the dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

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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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