Central Texas top stories for August 11, 2023. New Austin water restrictions coming next week as lake levels drop. Cedar Park lifts firefighting-related ban on outdoor watering, but more restrictions coming soon. Austin eyes more money for 911 call centers, homeless response. Travis Co top executive wants Austin in on high-speed rail. Austin Animal Center sees distemper cases, asks for temporary fosters. Higher passenger traffic at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport.
High Speed Rail
A Beta test for southeast Texas as rains pummel the region, roads are closed, schools shift plans and officials warn to stay put, we’ll have the latest. Also, COVID-19 has hit retail hard, but what about retail politics? The pandemic’s impact on a political season like few others in recent memory. Plus, Latino political power in Texas: under lockdown or primed to make major waves on election day? We’ll explore. And the U.S. Department of Transportation gives the green light to the Texas bullet train connecting Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes. All aboard? Not quite. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:
In the west Texas town of El Paso, a political duel over immigration between a president and a popular Texan who might want to be one. We’ll have analysis of the rallies in El Paso as president Trump launches his re-election campaign, and Beto O’Rourke gauges whether to launch a White House run of his own. Also, a judge taps the brakes on the Texas bullet train. We’ll hear how and what it means for plans to link Houston and Dallas by high speed rail. And what a Dollar Store invasion of rural and poorer communities in Texas might really cost. All of those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
Did someone just blink? What a North Korean announcement may or may not tell us about how to deal with a dictator. Also, submarined in the fury over Charlottesville, two major protests in South Texas: the biggest yet against the border wall. But a reporter who was there says it wasn’t just about a wall, we’ll hear more. Plus the Texas Central rail teams up with two big companies to get on with building the bullet train. So is it full speed ahead? We’ll check the brakes. And in what some are calling a post-factual world, can we talk? How to have a meaningful political conversation when you’re not on the same page. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:
A new criminal charge: failure to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Upping the stakes in a so called sanctuary city bill, we’ll have the latest. Also the immigration and travel order now being litigated in the 9th circuit: the proverbial tip of the iceberg? NPR’s John Burnett joins us to explore whether we’re witnessing something more tectonic when it comes to immigration policy. Plus: a trainload of lawsuits, off the rails as the forces behind a high speed bullet train decide to play nice. We’ll hear what they have in mind. And our commentator pens a love letter to a rural Texas town and the possible tall tale behind its name. That and so much more today on the Texas Standard: