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Provisional ballots, and catalytic converter theft (Nov. 10, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: What’s the fate of many provisional ballots cast on Election Day after some Harris County polling places had delays in opening?

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On Thursday’s show: Many Harris County voters cast provisional ballots on Election Day because some polling places had delays in opening, and a court ordered them to stay open an extra hour. But then the Texas Supreme Court blocked that ruling, saying those provisional ballots should be set aside. Should those votes be counted? And should Texas voting laws be changed? We talk it over with a legal expert.

Also this hour: You’ve probably heard stories about the recent rash of catalytic converter thefts. What exactly is a catalytic converter, and why are so many people stealing them?

Then, an analysis of CDC data stuggests HIV positive Latinos experience high levels of discrimination. We discuss why and what can be done to address this issue.

And Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks about his work as a composer. Several of his works are being performed by the Texas New Music Ensemble tonight at Archway Gallery.

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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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