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Drunk driving laws in Texas, and the labor shortage’s effect on Houston (Sept. 19, 2022)

On Monday’s show we consider whether drunk driving laws in Texas go far enough and how the nationwide labor shortage is affecting Houston.



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On Monday's show: Houston joins with much of the world as we observe Great Britain’s funeral for its late Queen. Also: Katy ISD is no longer blocking websites serving LGBTQ+ youth after complaints from students and activists.

Also this hour: We learned Friday that a second 14 year old has died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Galveston on September 2. The other driver had just been released from serving part of his sentence for a third DWI conviction. We discuss whether drunk driving laws in Texas are too lenient and whether there are better ways to deal with repeat offenders.

Then Patrick Jankowski of The Greater Houston Partnership helps us examine how the nationwide labor shortage is affecting our region.

And we talk with sports writer and podcaster Jeff Balke about some recent high-profile athletes announcing their retirement and how they know when it's time to do so.

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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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