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Gun buyback program, and a new Texas movie studio (July 18, 2022)

On Monday’s show: We get details about a gun buyback program from Harris County and the City of Houston. And we learn about plans to build a movie studio in Central Texas.


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On Monday’s show: We learn about a gun buyback program that will allow residents of Houston and Harris County to turn in their firearms for gift cards on July 30.

Also this hour: We learn about plans to build a huge movie studio in Central Texas. One of the co-founders of Hill Country Studios is from the Houston area. We discuss what this studio might mean for the future of the Texas film industry.

Plus: Over the weekend, the Harris Center became one of five Texas crisis centers answering calls to the new 988 hotline. It's the new number for a nationwide suicide prevention line. It's expected that this three-digit number will receive more calls than the previous 11-digit one. The change comes amid renewed focus on mental health in America. That topic was the reason actor Sean Astin came to Houston several years ago, and we revisit our 2018 conversation with the star of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Goonies, and Stranger Things.

And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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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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