The Union Pacific Railyard, located near Kashmere Gardens. Residents say the railyard is responsible for the cancer cluster in Kashmere Gardens. Taken on Jan. 27, 2021.

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As City of Houston moves forward with relocating Fifth Ward residents, development in cancer cluster area sparks concerns

Posted on · The city issued 88 permits for new single-family homes and 17 for multifamily units since January 2019 when the cancer cluster area was first reported. The most recent was issued in January 2024, close to the plume, before Whitmire paused issuing permits at the end of  January.   

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Other legal questions spawned by the Dobbs ruling (July 28, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Local officials take action against Union Pacific, citing pollution in Kashmere Gardens and the Fifth Ward. And we discuss some other legal questions the recent Dobbs ruling has spawned.

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Why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its border initiative (July 7, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: City and county leaders plan to sue Union Pacific over alleged toxic pollution from the railroad's Fifth Ward site. Plus, we learn why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its Operation Lone Star border initiative. And we discuss how the recent Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to an erosion of privacy rights.

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