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What The Texas Supreme Court Ruling Means For Harris County’s Mask Lawsuit (Aug. 16, 2021)

On Monday’s show: What this weekend’s temporary ruling from the state’s highest court means in the battle over mask mandates, a new podcast examines the deadly power failure six months ago, how to disaster-proof new development in the city, and an update on local sports.

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On Monday’s Houston Matters: On Sunday, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency stay that reinstates Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning local municipalities and officials from issuing mask mandates. Last week, Dallas, Bexar, and Harris Counties all secured temporary restraining orders from state judges blocking that executive order. The ruling is temporary with the court still to make a final ruling in the case. We learn what the ruling means for the state and for the lawsuit recently filed by Harris County.

Also this hour: This week marks six months since the deadly power failure that crippled Texas. Mose Buchele, energy and environment for KUT in Austin, discusses what led to that disaster and how it’s being addressed, which is the subject of his new podcast, The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout.

Then, according to a new study, more than half of all the buildings in the lower 48 states are in disaster hotspots, threatened by future storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes. But then, we knew that, right? Here in the Houston area, basically every building exists under such threat. We may not be able to do much about the already built environment, but what more can we do to ensure we protect new developments as much as possible?

And we get an update on Houston 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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