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Lingering benzene levels after the ITC fire (April 28, 2023)

On Friday’s show: We learn about new data from the 2019 ITC chemical fire, we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the week, and we learn about the City Nature Challenge.



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On Friday’s show: We talk with Erin Douglas of the Texas Tribune about an investigation into the aftermath of the 2019 ITC chemical fire in Deer Park.

Also this hour: From a massive blob of seaweed that could be coming to Galveston beaches soon, to the ingredients of a Houston Matters-themed pizza at Saint Arnold, our panel of “non-experts” weighs in on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

Then, five years ago, three police officers were implicated in an illegal gambling ring in Chinatown. Now, a native of that same neighborhood has made a movie about it using grant money from the city. And it stars an HPD officer. We talk with director Quoc Tan Ly Huynh, who goes by Q.T. Ly.

And, this weekend, Houston will participate in the City Nature Challenge, which involves residents using a mobile app to document and identify plants and animals in their neighborhoods.

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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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