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December 18, 2020

Texas Standard: December 18, 2020

By: David Brown

As families reunite for the holidays, worries grow for kids in the Texas foster care system. An update today on the Texas Standard.
In what sounds like a return to the worst days of the state’s foster care crisis, a new report finds foster kids sleeping in state offices. We’ll hear details.
Also, why a COVID-19 treatment being touted by state officials doesn’t seem to be making much of a dent in helping patients in one of the hardest hit parts of Texas
Oyez! Oyez!… oh boy! With the legislature set to reconvene, how’s this going to work with social distancing?
Plus, the week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune and more.


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June 24, 2021

Texas Standard: June 24, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris is coming to Texas. Her visit to the border aims to quiet weeks of criticism. We'll have one view from El Paso. Plus one billion dollars in Hurricane Harvey relief funding disproportionately went to communities further inland. An investigation. And COVID-19 disproportionately devastated Texas border communities. But the same wasn't true in neighboring New Mexico. Why? And we'll also check in on Houston's Fifth Ward and an ongoing fight to address what's been identified as a cancer cluster. Also if you have one of those smart thermostats you might want to double-check your settings. What some…

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June 23, 2021

Texas Standard: June 23, 2021

Health experts are closely watching the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. We'll unpack the risk and the concern about further variants. Also, Texas Governor Greg Abbott latest moves are looking to some like a concerted effort ahead of the 2024 presidential race. The view from outside of Texas. And as America continues to re-examine monuments and building names honoring leaders in the Confederacy. Some everyday people are also reexamining their family histories. Plus we'll fact-check a claim about how much border wall was built under the Trump Administration. And we'll explore the impact of the pandemic on the…

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June 22, 2021

Texas Standard: June 22, 2021

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has multiple legal challenges and now multiple challengers for his seat within his party. We'll take a look at who. Also, Texas college sports bring in big money. What's an unanimous Supreme Court decision yesterday mean for athlete compensation? And Texas has lost more rural hospitals recently than any other state. So what's that mean in an emergency? Plus dozens of Texas prisoners set for release or parole have died behind bars in the past year or so. A new study gets behind delays. And one Texas prison is cleared out to hold migrants. We'll…

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June 21, 2021

Texas Standard: June 21, 2021

The Texas Governor has followed through on a threat to veto funding for the state legislature. We'll look at what's next and what else fell to the pen. Also, when Governor Greg Abbott signed the so-called "constitutional carry" law at the Alamo he also signed another. Some say it is meant to change the role of states when it comes to gun laws. And we'll also reexamine Governor Abbott's border wall proposal and delve deep into the story of one migrant teen. Plus, redrawing political maps is an important process. But how can you really get involved? Turns out there…

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June 18, 2021

Texas Standard: June 18, 2021

For the third time the Supreme Court struck down a challenge to overturn the Affordable Care Act. So is the fight over? We'll explore. Also, Governor Greg Abbott has until Sunday to veto items from the legislative session. A look at how much power the Governor holds in that process. And the results are in for some statewide standardized tests. What they tell us about how the pandemic may have affected learning. Plus, for the first time this weekend's Juneteenth celebrations are part of a federal holiday. The story behind a new mural in Galveston and a challenge to confront…

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June 17, 2021

Texas Standard: June 17, 2021

The freedom day celebration that began in Texas gets national attention. Juneteenth is poised to become a federal holiday, we'll have details. Also, the Supreme Court has voted down Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's Challenge to Obamacare. We're watching reaction unfold. And Texas Democrats met with Vice President Harris. How she wants them to help her on a mission focused on voting access. Plus will Governor Abbott veto funding for lawmakers and others based on his assessment of the just complete legislative session. And some advice from our tech expert before you book a summer vacation rental. Those stories and…

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