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Watson settles lawsuits, the week in politics, and the loss of the Shamrock Hotel (June 22, 2022)

On Wednesday’s show: Former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is settling 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits women have filed accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. Also we discuss the week in politics and reflect on how the loss of the Shamrock Hotel changed historic preservation in Houston.

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On Wednesday’s show: Former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has reached an agreement to settle 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits that had been filed by women who accused him of sexual assault and harassment, an attorney for the women said.

And we discuss why TxDoT is going forward on demolition of the Ballpark Lofts for the expansion of I-45, despite a federal pause on the project.

Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

Then, we reflect on the significance of the Shamrock Hotel 35 years after it was demolished and how its loss changed preservation in Houston.

And, while the Shamrock is long gone, a new book called Oldest Houston surveys some of the most storied local establishments that have managed to stick around.

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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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