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Gun rights for those under indictment, the week in politics, and Debbie Allen (Sept. 21, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We examine a court ruling regarding the Second Amendment rights of those under felony indictment. Then, we discuss the latest developments in politics. And Houston native Debbie Allen reflects on her career and how Houston fostered her artistic sensibilities.

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Walkout at Commissioners Court, and whether bail reform measures are working (Sept. 14, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn why two GOP members of Harris County Commissioners Court boycotted a vote on the county budget. Then, we discuss the latest developments in politics. And new research examines whether Harris County's bail reform measures are working.

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Addressing violent crime, and Houston’s best food halls (Sept. 7, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Some local members of law enforcement, politicians, and some candidates for office speak out about the need to address violent crime in the area. Then we discuss the latest developments in politics. And local writers talk about their favorite food halls around town.

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County plans to sue over allegations it was defunding the police (Aug. 31, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday’s show: We learn about the latest salvo in a battle over Harris County's budget and allegations from state officials that county officials are defunding the police. Then, we discuss that and other developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

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The slow process of disaster recovery, five years after Harvey (Aug. 24, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday’s show: We break down the latest developments in the world of poltics. Then we discuss flood mitigation efforts five years after Harvey and reflect on the slow pace of recovery from such a disaster.

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ERCOT names a new CEO, the week in politics, and the state’s oldest library (Aug. 17, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The agency in charge of regulating the Texas energy grid hires a new CEO, we discuss the week in politics, we get answers to your questions about bugs, and we visit the state's oldest library.

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Bond proposal headed to voters, and previewing Houston Restaurant Weeks (Aug. 3, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Voters will get to decide in November whether Harris County can issue around $1 billion in bonds for infrastructre spending. Then, we discuss the week in politics. We preview the menus for Houston Restaurant Weeks. And we reflect on the disaster that was Woodstock '99.

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State and federal environmental agencies in conflict over renewal permits for ITC (July 20, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The company responsible for a major chemical fire in 2019 is seeking an operating permit for a Pasadena facility. We learn why the state and the federal government have different opinions on the matter.

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Watson settles lawsuits, the week in politics, and the loss of the Shamrock Hotel (June 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is settling 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits women have filed accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. Also we discuss the week in politics and reflect on how the loss of the Shamrock Hotel changed historic preservation in Houston.

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Jan. 6 hearings, and a billion-dollar bond proposal from Harris County (June 15, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: In a double dose of our weekly political roundup, we recap the Jan. 6 hearings and find out why county leaders are proposing a billion-dollar bond package. And we visit Harris County’s Emergency Operations Center at Houston TranStar.