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Getting Rid Of Houston’s Highways (Aug. 9, 2021)

On Monday’s show: The latest on the COVID infection rate, a second special session begins, examining the idea of freeway removal, creating a more compassionate city, and an update on sports.

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On Monday’s Houston Matters: COVID infection rates in Greater Houston continue to rise. We talk with a critical care physician about what ERs saw over the weekend.

And a second special session of the Texas Legislature began Saturday without a quorum as Democrats stay out of the state in order to block a controversial GOP elections bill.

Also this hour: Instead of continually expanding and widening our state's highways, what if we removed them altogether? An investigation by The Texas Observer examines the idea of freeway removal.

Then, a local organization works to create a more Compassionate Houston, especially after a stressful, challenging 18 months.

And we get an update on local sports.

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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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