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July 3, 2015

Texas Standard: July 3, 2015

By: David Brown

Efforts to step up awareness of possible threats on this 4th of July weekend…just how serious are security concerns? We’ll explore today on the Texas Standard. Nearly 800 million dollars coming to Texas to compensate for the worst oil disaster in history. But how’s that cash gonna be used? And who’s minding the money? Also, a safety net for shale drillers set to expire and a warning about the economic implications.
NPR’s John Burnett joins us to preview his new series on a hush hush crackdown on corruption in South Texas. Plus, the week in Texas politics, your holiday must do list and lots more.


October 3, 2023

Fall is finally here. What does that mean for Texas’ drought?

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan has faced increasing pressure to resign since Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial – and a special session of the Legislature starts next week. El Paso, a city with a reputation as welcoming to migrants, is now at a breaking point, according to its mayor. Angela Kocherga of KTEP El Paso has […]


October 2, 2023

We’re tracking Texas cryptids all October

From guns to religion, free speech and more, a very loaded docket awaits the Supreme Court as it begins a new term. Why a race for Houston’s top financial officer is getting so much attention. A plan to consolidate schools in San Antonio could leave behind almost 20 empty buildings – and the district needs […]


October 1, 2023

Texas Extra: An immigrant to ‘The Country of the Blind’

Author Andrew Leland is losing his vision. Turning that experience into a memoir gave him the opportunity to process his experiences, including the ways his blindness is perceived by others. But “The Country of the Blind” also contextualizes blindness within a larger world. Leland spoke to the Standard’s Shelly Brisbin on her podcast, Parallel. This is an extended cut […]