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Dealing with the BA.2 subvariant of COVID, and investigating parents for providing gender-affirming care (March 31, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: How local public health officials are dealing with the even more contagious BA.2 strain of the omicron variant of COVID-19, and what gets set into motion and what authority CPS has when it investigates parents for providing gender-affirming care.

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On Thursday’s show: The even more contagious BA.2 strain of the omicron variant of COVID-19 is now the most common strain of the virus in the United States. We learn about its presence in Houston.

Also this hour: Last month, when Gov. Greg Abbott directed Child Protective Services to investigate parents providing gender-affirming care for their kids as child abuse, the ACLU sued. A judge put a halt to such investigations for now. We talk with an ACLU attorney and an area reporter about what gets set in motion and what authority CPS has when it begins such investigations.

Then, environmental advocacy group Bayou City Waterkeeper alleges millions of gallons of waste from Baytown's sewer system leaked into neighboring communities. We learn how years of pollution affected the area.

And we learn about the Houston Power, our city’s women’s professional tackle football team. Their season begins April 9.

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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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