After days of resisting calls from local leaders, governor Abbott imposes fines for those who refuse to use facial coverings in public, saying it’s a necessary step to avoid a return to another lockdown as virus cases set new records in Texas. We’ll have the latest. Also, a first person story of becoming a U.S. citizen in a period of pandemic. Plus the week in politics with the Texas Tribune and much more today on the Texas Standard:
Rash of earthquake frustrates North Texans near drilling sites…German heritage lingers in Central Texas…Flood victims start the new year rebuilding. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at https://weekend.kut.org.