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December 26, 2016

Texas Standard: December 26, 2016

By: David Brown

What were the top stories of 2016? This hour, we’re revisiting the people and events making news across the lone star state. Plus in 2014 people called it the surge. This year, as the numbers of Central American families crossing the border broke new records, what was being done to keep them from coming in illegally? We’ll take a look. Plus what used to be a US monopoly, we’ll revisit the national helium reserve as it runs out of gas. And a cure for what plagues central Texas? We’ll meet the man who sends in the hawks. And playing possum – the backstory of a legendary musician…all that and much more today on the Standard:


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February 22, 2024

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February 21, 2024

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Former president and presidential candidate Donald Trump wades into Texas politics with downballot endorsements.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton takes aim at a faith-based group in El Paso providing services for migrants.In Texas farm country, concerns grow over a lack of water.In the congressional district that includes 800 miles of the state’s border with Mexico, four […]

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February 20, 2024

What new data says about the future of Texas agriculture

It’s the first day of early voting in the Texas primary. What you need to know before casting a ballot and why turning out matters. What exactly does “residency” mean when running for office? The answer might surprise you. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a census – tallying things like livestock, […]

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February 19, 2024

Coral samples in Galveston could be key to keeping the species alive

On the eve of early voting, Alexandra Samuels of Texas Monthly and Mark Jones of the Baker Institute at Rice University share a closer look at some of the big contests Texas voters will see on their primary ballots. We’ll hear about what happened when reporters for the Houston Chronicle began mapping where tickets are […]

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February 16, 2024

New music exhibit features iconic items owned by Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift and more

A new law making it a state crime for migrants to enter Texas without authorization faces a major test in a federal courtroom. We’ll hear the latest. In Houston ISD, the biggest school district in the state, officials appointed by the state are getting pushback over plans to expand school reforms. A Texas presidential museum […]

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February 15, 2024

Is high school football on the decline in Texas?

A conversation with state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a self-described progressive Democrat who’s running to challenge Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat. Three years after the big freeze that plunged most of Texas into darkness, a new bill aims to connect the state to neighboring electric grids. Mose Buchele of KUT in Austin has more. […]

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February 14, 2024

Is the industry ready for Beyoncé’s country music album?

As Texans prepare to cast their first ballots in 2024, a conversation with Colin Allred, one of the top Democratic challengers for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Ted Cruz. Lubbock throws the switch to join Texas’ open electricity marketplace – for better, and some fear, for worse. A new ‘queen’ of country […]

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