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What We’ve Learned From Chemical Fires In Recent Years (April 9, 2021)

On Friday’s show: Lessons Houston has learned from our rash of chemical fires over the past few years, helping Black-owned restaurants survive the pandemic, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, and The Voice contestant Zae Romeo.


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On Friday’s show: Houstonians saw smoke from yet another industrial fire Wednesday afternoon. The fire ignited at a chemical plant in Channelview operated by K-Solv, a Houston-based company specializing in environmental emergency responses. The blaze was contained in about four hours, but it calls to mind the dozens of chemical fires and explosions in recent years in the area, which is home to more than 2,500 chemical facilities. What did we learn from the last dozen fires, and how can we stop the pattern?

Also this hour: We learn about initiatives to help Black-owned restaurants in Greater Houston that have been hurt by the pandemic.

Then, from strong rhetoric for Houston-area leaders who oppose new voting bills to a Texas man running from Disneyland to Disney World, we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.

And we talk with singer and resident of The Woodlands Zae Romeo who’s currently a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. He shares his story of struggling with depression and anxiety and overcoming a complicated childhood to pursue music.

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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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