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A dispute over fire fighter staffing levels, and ask the veterinarian (Feb. 21, 2022)

On Monday’s show: A closer look at a dispute over staffing levels at the Houston Fire Department, the first new psychiatric hospital in over two decades opens in Houston, and veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your questions.


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On Monday’s show: Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña took the stand last week to update the city on staffing levels within the Houston Fire Department. According to Peña, HFD is short almost 250 firefighters, with only 67 new fire fighters being added between May of 2019 and August of 2020. But there’s some dispute about why. We learn more.

Also this hour: Texas just opened its first new psychiatric hospital in over two decades. We learn about the facility, which contains 264 beds for psychiatric patients and is part of the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center.

Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions.

And we get an update on Houston sports from writer Jesus Ortiz of Our Esquina.

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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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