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February 26, 2021

Texas Standard: February 26, 2021

By: David Brown

The deregulated electric market was set up to save money for Texas consumers. So why did Texans end up paying $28 billion more? That story coming up on the Texas Standard.
A Wall Street Journal analysis shows the Texas electrical grid not only failed during the storm, but failed consumers for decades by leading to higher bills. We’ll hear what happened and why. Plus the latest on hearings by Texas lawmakers.
With a disaster declaration in Texas, what comes next? The nuts and bolts of accessing federal aid.
The University of Texas RGV in hot water for turning away eligible people seeking vaccines.
Plus the week in Texas politics and much more.


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Massive disruption worldwide blamed on latest Microsoft update from Austin-based CrowdStrike

A massive disruption that knocked businesses and services offline worldwide – grounding planes, keeping bank customers from accessing their balances and more – was blamed on the latest Microsoft update from Austin-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.The Justice Department has sued the Texas-based nonprofit Southwest Key Programs, alleging sexual abuse of migrant children in their care.A new study sounds an […]

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July 18, 2024

After switching party affiliation, Dallas mayor Eric Johnson speaks at RNC

More than a week after Hurricane Beryl, thousands in the Houston area still don’t have power. We’ll take a look at how they’re coping.Dallas mayor Eric Johnson spoke about crime and public safety at the Republican National Convention as he explained his controversial 2023 switch from Democrat to Republican.What’s the next step for AT&T users […]

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July 17, 2024

Folks cut off from a public Texas waterway take their case to court

At the Republican National Convention, speakers including Sen. Ted Cruz make claims about immigration and crime they hope will resonate at the polls in November. The Texas Newsroom’s Julián Aguilar has details.Some in Congress want to create a new military branch, one without a physical domain, to specialize in cyber warfare.The Standard’s Michael Marks has […]

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July 16, 2024

Meet Sugar Gay Isber, the ‘Hit Man’ jewelry designer

A new report says that a year before Hurricane Beryl, the federal government denied a request from CenterPoint Energy for $100 million to reinforce power lines in the Houston area. Could that have prevented the widespread outages of recent days?Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing a court decision denying his attempt to shut down an […]

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July 15, 2024

After attempted Trump assassination, a look at politically motivated violence in the US

We’re taking a closer look at the implications of the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, and a Texas perspective on the future of politics and democracy:Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was in the crowd at Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and shares a firsthand account.The assassination attempt comes during one of the […]

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July 13, 2024

Texas Extra: Filmmaker Jeff Nichols on ‘The Bikeriders’

An extended interview with the Austin-based writer and director on his latest film starring Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, and Jodie Comer.

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July 12, 2024

Remembering iconic Texas actress Shelley Duvall

Five days after Hurricane Beryl’s landfall, more than 800,000 Texans are still without power as frustrations and questions rise along with the heat – and officials say half a million people may not get power back until next week.Thirty-five percent of Texas students scored zero on the writing portion of STAAR test, raising big questions […]

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July 11, 2024

The Texas State Aquarium balances marine conservation and hurricane challenges

The Texas State Aquarium has a spot right on the edge of the Corpus Christi Bay – and storms in recent years have provided lessons that staff put in place for Hurricane Beryl. There’s tons of evidence that most extreme weather hits communities of color the hardest. As Texas recovers from Beryl, what’s being done […]

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