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Why Houston And Harris County Missed Out On The Latest Harvey Relief Funds (May 26, 2021)

On Wednesday’s show: Why Houston and Harris County received none of the $1.3 billion in recent Hurricane Harvey relief from the federal government, the week in politics, and Houston’s oldest hospital gets a makeover.

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On Wednesday’s show: Houston and Harris County received none of the $1.3 billion of federal funding recently allocated for Hurricane Harvey relief. Local officials are asking the government to stop distributing the funds and re-examine the criteria that passed over Houston and Harris County, which sustained $125 billion in damages, the nation’s most expensive disaster in 2017. News 88.7's Andrew Schneider explains what happened.

Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

Then, we learn about the $92 million renovation of Houston’s oldest hospital, downtown’s St. Joseph Medical Center.

And we find out how Houston artist Marissa Valdez exemplifies the message of Ambitious Girl, the children's book she illustrated.

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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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