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On Friday's Houston Matters: An FDA committee will rule today whether COVID booster shots are safe. And, if that approval comes, the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, for one, is prepared to offer those as soon as Monday. We discuss the possi
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to sue school districts across the state over their mask policies, accusing them of defying the governor's executive order banning public schools and local municipalit
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Electricity is back for all but about 80,000 CenterPoint Energy customers in the Houston metro area, but, as we largely escaped the worst of Nicholas, some communities south and east of us saw a little more dam
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We devote the hour to bringing you the latest on what was Hurricane Nicholas, its impact on Greater Houston, and efforts to deal with its aftermath. We talk with meteorologist Eric Berger of Space City Weather, H
On Monday's Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on Tropical Storm Nicholas, which has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to drop 5 to 10 inches of rain on the region — or more in some places. Also this hour: Listeners share the
On Friday's Houston Matters: The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state of Texas over its newly enacted abortion law. We learn more about the move and what it could mean for the law going forward. Then, as the 20th anniversary of the 9
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner has issued an executive order requiring unvaccinated city employees to get bimonthly COVID-19 tests and report results to the city. We hear about that and other happenings in City Council
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Gov. Greg Abbott has called a third special session of the Texas Legislature, beginning Sept. 20, to address redistricting and other conservative priorities. We preview the next special session and recap what l
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We get the latest updates on COVID-19 in the region from Harris County Public Health. Also this hour: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher joins us to answer your questions. Then, we learn from reporter Sara Willa Ernst
On Friday's Houston Matters: Lucio Vasquez updates us on the latest information with children being hospitalized with COVID-19 in the region. Also this hour: We discuss how we should talk about the pandemic in the media. Then, we break down T
On Thursday's Houston Matters: We talk with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Texas Right To Life about their response to the new Texas abortion law that went into effect yesterday. Also this hour: How much do you know about hurricane prepara
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We get a summary of some of the 666 new laws going into effect today in Texas. And we get an update on COVID-19. Also this hour: We break down the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, local writer
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn how Houston is helping those affected by Hurricane Ida and talk to someone taking refuge here. And we get an update on COVID-19. Also this hour: City Council Member Abbie Kamin answers your questions abo
  On Monday's Houston Matters: The latest on Tropical Storm Ida. We’re just now beginning to get a sense of the devastation wrought by the now-downgraded storm, which tore through New Orleans and other communities in and around the Louisiana G
  On Friday's show: Eric Berger of Space City Weather gives us the latest on Tropical Storm Ida as it enters the Gulf of Mexico and heads for the Louisiana coastline. Also this hour: Today marks 31 years since the death of musician and Texas n
  On Thursday's Houston Matters: We get an update on the COVID-19 situation in Montgomery County. Also this hour: We talk with Vanessa Wyche, the director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. She's a NASA veteran who's the first African American to
  On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Today, Houston City Council will consider, among other things, an agenda item to establish a Houston Women’s Commission in their meeting. News 88.7 reporter Jen Rice brings us an update on several issues before
  On Monday's Houston Matters: A brand-new school year is beginning today for HISD amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 and the ongoing battle over mask mandates. We visit one HISD campus to see what parents are saying as their kids start a new year
  On Friday's Houston Matters: The city's health authority, Dr. David Persse, updates us on the COVID-19 situation. Over the last several weeks, as U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan and then as the Taliban seized control of the country, In
  On Thursday's Houston Matters: COVID-19 booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will become available for all Americans starting next month, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor Co
  On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The Texas Medical Center this week reported a new record in average daily hospitalizations due to COVID-19. The previous high was 360 in July of 2020 with a new average of 369 daily hospitalizations as of this
  On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The region is on pace to exceed 4,000 total COVID-19 hospitalizations, eclipsing the previous record for Greater Houston established back in July 2020. We discuss what that means for area hospitals with Dr. Davi
On Monday's Houston Matters: On Sunday, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency stay that reinstates Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning local municipalities and officials from issuing mask mandates. Last week, Dallas, Bexar, and H
  On Friday's Houston Matters: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has ordered all public schools and daycares in the county to require masks. Plus, the CDC has updated its guidance for pregnant women regarding COVID-19 vaccines. We talk through
  On Thursday's Houston Matters: Harris County leaders have approved the county attorney’s request to take legal action against the state of Texas over Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders banning mask and vaccine mandates. Also this week, in legal actio
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