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December 11, 2020

Texas Standard: December 11, 2020

By: David Brown

“Build the wall”. Those words that helped usher President Trump into office seem to still be guiding him as his time winds down- today on the Texas Standard.
We know the coronavirus pandemic will shape the upcoming Texas legislative session. Another hot topic will be medical marijuana. But how about casinos? Some will be betting big. Those pushing for much tighter restrictions on immigration often point to crime by unauthorized immigrants. But a new study packs a big challenge to those claims. We’ll hear from one of Texas’ top infectious disease experts on the path towards getting and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine. And we’ll circle back on some of the top political stories this week.


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