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A ‘Fourth Wave’ Of COVID-19 (July 26, 2021)

On Monday’s show: Public health officials deal with a “fourth wave” of COVID-19, and we begin a weeklong series exploring summer Olympic sports played here in the Houston area starting with a visit to a local table tennis academy.


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On Monday’s Houston Matters: Local hospitals are taking in more COVID-19 patients per day in what health leaders see as a "fourth wave" of the virus.

Also this hour: News 88.7’s Elizabeth Trovall tells us about a Houston student who may be forced to self-deport after spending most of his life in the United States – even though his father is here lawfully.

Then, we begin a weeklong series exploring summer Olympic sports played in Greater Houston. We begin with a visit to the Houston International Table Tennis Academy in Katy where some of the sport's best players train, including two-time Olympian and USA Table Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Butler.

And the NBA Draft is Thursday. Kelly Iko of The Athletic discusses who the Rockets might select with the second overall pick.

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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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