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Deputies Sue Over Working Conditions In The Harris County Jail (Sept. 22, 2021)

On Wednesday’s show: Why deputies are suing the county over working conditions in the jail, the week in politics, and remembering an historic fine art exhibition in Houston 50 years ago.


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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The deputies who staff the Harris County Jail have filed a federal lawsuit over working conditions there. They claim they’re so understaffed that some officers have urinated in trash cans or soiled their clothes because they couldn't get a bathroom break. Houston Chronicle reporter gives us details.

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

Then, News 88.7’s Matt Harab talks with Dr. Hasan Gokal. The Harris County doctor was accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccine doses and was ultimately fired. He’s now suing the county's public health department for discrimination, asking for more than $1 million in damages.

And a new exhibit and documentary celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s first racially integrated fine art shows, which took place at The DeLuxe Theater in Houston’s Fifth Ward in 1971.

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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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