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Local Reaction To Gov. Abbott Ending The Texas Mask Mandate (March 3, 2021)

On Wednesday’s show: Houston leaders react to Gov. Abbott ending the state’s mask mandate, the week in politics, Houston’s best woman-owned restaurants, and the first Black conductor of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra.


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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We get local reaction to Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement that he's ending Texas' statewide mask mandate next week and will allow all businesses to open at full capacity. The change, which comes as the seven-day average of new coronavirus deaths remains above 200, will go into effect March 10.

And the CEO of Shell says oil production is on its final decline. Is Houston listening?

Also this hour: We discuss the governor's order and all the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

Then, local food writers discuss their favorite woman-owned restaurants in the latest installment of The Full Menu.

And we meet Clarence Frank, the first African American conductor of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra.

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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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