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June 23, 2021

Texas Standard: June 23, 2021

By: Laura Rice

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 therapists who’ve been walking us through the past year. All of that and more today on the Texas Standard:


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October 19, 2021

Texas Standard: October 19, 2021

Last day for the Lege? A third special session ends a day early, with new redistricting maps en route to the Governor. What happens next and much more today on the Texas Standard. A closer look at what got done, and what didn't in the third special session, and whether this marks the end of the legislative season. Plus, remembering a redistricting battle from half a century ago that had a profound impact on Texas. Other stories we're tracking: social workers say Texas' new abortion law is causing psychological harm to sexual assault survivors. Also, the largely unknown story of…

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October 18, 2021

Texas Standard: October 18, 2021

Raise your hands if you knew there was an election on November 2. Do you know about the constitutional amendments on the ballot? Some help- today on the Texas Standard. Eight proposed constitutional amendments in front of voters statewide next month. We’ll look at some of the top line proposals. Also, billions in COVID relief money- how are Texas lawmakers using those dollars? A longtime NPR journalist sharing her journey of what it means to become a parent to your parents. And the struggles some school districts face trying to comply with a law designed to push back against what's…

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October 15, 2021

Texas Standard: October 15, 2021

A likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as the 5th Circuit reaffirms a decision to let Texas' near total abortion ban remain in effect. Other stories we are tracking: in the final days of a third special session, the Texas House green lights a bill that would force transgender Texas youth to play on public school sports teams that align with their sex assigned at birth. Also, why supply chains have become a big worry for everyday Texans. And a horror film with a message steeped in the Mexican American experience. We'll meet the star who hails from the…

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October 14, 2021

Texas Standard: October 14, 2021

It is a legislative season that at times has seemed like it might never end. Today Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News and Taylor Goldenstein of the Houston Chronicle get us up to speed on what the lege has left to finish, and what's been done up to this point. Also the launch of a lawsuit over public beach closures near the SpaceX facility. And a military plane crash brings home the dangers of housing developments near bases, quite literally. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

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October 13, 2021

Texas Standard: October 13, 2021

Was election day in South Texas 2020 an omen for Democrats in 2022 and beyond? A prediction and a prescription getting a lot of attention. Coming up, a warning for democrats hoping to pick up swing states, and what it could mean for Texas. Also the Biden Administration's plans for a border reopening. Angela Kocherga has more from El Paso. And the image of the firefighter: iconic, and often male. An effort to give teenage girls hands on experience that could lead to careers fighting wildfires. Plus Texas bracing for the effects of hurricane Pamela. We'll have the latest on…

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October 12, 2021

Texas Standard: October 12, 2021

No Texan may be compelled to get vaccinated against COVID-19, so says the Governor in a sweeping new order. We'll have more on the Texas governor's executive order on vaccinations, a direct challenge to President Biden's push for employer mandates. Also, how random are Texas jury pools? Investigators are looking into the process in Brazoria country where its alleged that potential jurors were vetted by geography and race. Plus population growth brings new homes to the Hill Country, and something considerably less bucolic, too: new quarries and environmental concerns. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

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