Severe weather in Houston (Nov. 30, 2023)

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On Thursday’s show: With potential severe weather expected in the area, we talk about what Houstonians should be prepared for and how to stay safe. And we recap the Atlantic hurricane season as it comes to an end.

Also this hour: HISD is seeking to earn the “district of innovation” designation, which would allow it to sidestep certain regulations from the state. Most Texas school districts already have that status. So, why is HISD doing it now — and does it really lead to more innovation in the classroom?

Also: We learn why a Houston-area oyster company and a local restaurant are working to restore an oyster reef that they can’t harvest.

And Galveston’s annual Dickens on the Strand holiday event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. We look back on the festival’s history and meet one of the descendants of its namesake.

Audio from today’s show will be available after 11 a.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps.