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Why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its border initiative (July 7, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: City and county leaders plan to sue Union Pacific over alleged toxic pollution from the railroad’s Fifth Ward site. Plus, we learn why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its Operation Lone Star border initiative. And we discuss how the recent Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to an erosion of privacy rights.

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On Thursday’s show: Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner are planning to sue Union Pacific over alleged toxic pollution from the railroad’s Fifth Ward site. Menefee joins us to discuss how the pollution is affecting the health of residents nearby.

And we learn why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its Operation Lone Star border initiative.

Also this hour: We explore how the recent Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to an erosion of privacy rights.

Then, we discuss why many Texans are reluctant to buy electric vehicles – according to a Houston survey. And we learn how a proposed new state initiative aims to address those concerns. Public comment on the draft plan is still being accepted at txdot_nevi@txdot.gov.

And some NFL players return home to their Houston neighborhood to help aspiring football players improve their game.

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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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