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Why Houstonians And Texans Are Struggling More During The Pandemic (July 29, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: An analysis of Census Bureau data shows 54 percent of Houstonians saw a drop in employment since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s higher than the rest of the state — and the rest of the country.



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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We get an update on the fatal chemical leak at a LyondellBasell chemical plant in La Porte.

Also this hour: A new study shows Houstonians and Texans are struggling more during the pandemic than the rest of the nation. Why?

Then: Olympic track and field legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee reflects on her career – and on a particularly memorable race in Houston. She’s Eddie Robinson’s guest on I See U this weekend.

Plus: We visit the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Spring, which is displaying artwork from one of the nation's premier contemporary art collections, that of The Chaney Family. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 21.

And tackle football isn't just for the boys. We learn about the women's tackle football team, the Houston Power. On Saturday night, they host the Sun City Stealth of El Paso in the Big Heart Bowl at Houston Baptist University.


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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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