HOUSTON -

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says the county's infrastructure is one of several areas of concern for the future. Judge Emmett, in an interview for this week's “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall,” says Houston area roads and all areas of transportation must be improved if Houston is to reach its potential as a gateway for world commerce.

Also topics of discussion: Protecting the Port of Houston from storm damage, finding a way to improve healthcare for those who need it, why voters should approve his plan for renovating the Astrodome and much more, including why a very unusual quilt hangs on his office wall!

Also this week, a touching story about Jacki Dowling, the wife of Houston Fire Department’s Captain Bill Dowling who was injured while fighting the deadly fire at the Southwest Inn on the Southwest Freeway in May. Anchor Rachel McNeill profiles the challenges faced and resolve shown by Jacki as she and her family work to help her husband recover from severe injury.

The “Michael J. Fox”show debuts on KPRC Thursday, September 26. Fox, who has Parkinson's disease, uses his obvious symptoms as a way to raise awareness about the disease in his new comedy. Khambrel sits down with Anne Thobae, executive director of the Houston Area Parkinson Society, to talk about the positive impact she expects his show to make on awareness of the disease and about ways the Parkinson Society can benefit from that awareness.

A “Michael J. Fox” viewing party will take place Thursday evening at 7:30pm at the Galleria area Dave and Busters. Proceeds will benefit the Houston Area Parkinson Society.

Great conversation and information on this week's “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall.” Watch it Sundays at 10 a.m., right after “Meet the Press with David Gregory.”

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