Houston Matters

Texas Sues More School Districts Over Their Mask Policies (Sept. 16, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: The latest volley in the ongoing battle between state and local officials over mask mandates, how Houston shaped the legacy of Muhammad Ali, and a bird expert answers your questions.

Education News

Texas Sues 6 School Districts That Issued Mask Mandates In Defiance Of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Order

Posted on · Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have long threatened to sue school districts that defy Abbott’s ban on local mask mandates. On Friday, Paxton made good on that threat.

Houston Matters

Daily Hospitalizations Hit A New Record At The Medical Center (Aug. 18, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The head of the Texas Medical Center on the fourth wave of COVID-19, the week in politics, former astronaut Scott Kelly on spending a year in space, and a new film shot in Houston called Playing God.

Houston Matters

What The Texas Supreme Court Ruling Means For Harris County’s Mask Lawsuit (Aug. 16, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: What this weekend's temporary ruling from the state's highest court means in the battle over mask mandates, a new podcast examines the deadly power failure six months ago, how to disaster-proof new development in the city, and an update on local sports.

Politics

As COVID Cases Surge Again In Texas, State And Local Leaders Locked In Battle Over Masks

Posted on · Fighting among Texas officials over mask mandates has created muddled messaging, as the highly contagious delta variant is sending people to the hospital in numbers that rival the worst months of the pandemic.

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A Mask Mandate For Schools, And Vaccines For Pregnant Women (Aug. 13, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: We learn more about a mask mandate for schools and daycares, new guidance on COVID vaccines for pregnant women, a closer look at how the infrastructure bill just passed in the Senate would affect Greater Houston, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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Mask Mandates And The Battle Between State And Local Control (Aug. 12, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Harris County is joining other Texas municipalities in taking legal action against Gov. Abbott's executive orders banning mask and vaccine mandates, the latest salvo in a long-running battle over state and local control.

Politics

Harris County Leaders OK Legal Action Against Gov. Greg Abbott Over Mask Mandate Ban

Posted on · The vote gives County Attorney Christian Menefee the authority to challenge Abbott’s executive order either in a standalone lawsuit or in a friend of the court brief to a lawsuit filed by another jurisdiction.

Education News

With School Openings Near, Parents And Teachers Say State Leaders Have Stripped Them Of Weapons Against COVID-19

Posted on · Public health experts and medical professionals are sounding the alarm over the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19. The governor has stood firm on his ban against masking mandates in schools.