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March 11, 2024

The Rio Grande is getting saltier. What’s that mean for agriculture?

By: David Brown

The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on SB4, the controversial Texas law that allows state and local police to arrest and prosecute migrants who enter the state, after delaying implementation of the law last week.
A lack of medical insurance and access to treatment is making life in rural Texas tougher than many might imagine.
Energy insider Matt Smith has the latest on rising gas prices as many Texans hit the road for Spring Break.
The Rio Grande, the body of water that outlines the border between Texas and Mexico, is becoming saltier – affecting people, farmland and livestock on both sides of the border.
And: Amid a statewide teacher shortage, one Central Texas school district is trying to turn things around by creating its own pipeline of new recruits.


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April 23, 2024

Effort to preserve Indigenous cemetery in Presidio is finally complete

A court says the foster care system in Texas is failing many vulnerable children. Why that’s especially true for trans kids.A practically forgotten burial ground for Indigenous people in West Texas now has a proper memorial.How a shortage of shipyard workers is contributing to delays for the Navy.We’ll talk to author Jonny Garza Villa, whose […]

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April 22, 2024

The Future of Work in Texas – A Texas Standard special

Texas is changing, and so is the world. If we squint to try to look at the future job landscape, what do we see? There are more than 15 million working Texans right now, but while the state boasts steady growth and “record high levels” for jobs and the labor force, there are always unknowns […]

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April 19, 2024

What you need to know about upcoming spring elections

Get ready to cast your ballots. Local elections are scheduled in Texas for May 4, with early voting beginning on Monday. Katya Ehresman, voting rights coordinator at Common Cause Texas, gives us the lowdown.What a trial run of a four-day workweek in the UK tells us about how well such a shift might work.Don Louis, […]

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April 18, 2024

Texas Eclipse Festival attendees with disabilities describe treacherous conditions

Landowners in southeast Texas say they should be able to sue the state over their flooded property, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees. People in Winnie, Texas, say their land only started to flood after the state rebuilt part of nearby Interstate 10. Now, they can seek compensation for the damages.Live music seems more expensive, […]

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April 17, 2024

Judge overseeing struggling foster system fines the state $100,000 a day

A federal judge says Texas’ foster care system is still broken – and has fined the state $100,00 per day.The new book “City Limits” examines the effort to rethink urban highways in Texas and traces a history of racism and inequality in three of the state’s’ largest cities. We’ll hear from author and journalist Megan […]

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April 16, 2024

Austin to be hit as Tesla announces 14,000 layoffs

Are protest organizers responsible if a participant breaks the law? A court decision could have a chilling effect.A new report on maternal health shows Black Texans are much more likely to die after giving birth than their white counterparts.What layoffs at Tesla mean for jobs in Texas and the EV car market.The Houston Dash celebrates […]

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April 15, 2024

Tracking the unprecedented rise in ocean temperatures

Rising temperatures in the forecast this week. Will blackouts come with them? ERCOT, the state’s electric grid operator, says the power might go out this week.Did a doctor in Houston keep patients from receiving organ transplants? His own hospital is investigating.And becoming a psychologist is expensive, but Texas is trying to make it cheaper. Could […]

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April 12, 2024

The move away from fossil fuels may exacerbate water scarcity in South Texas

Corpus Christi at the intersection of a clash between dueling demands – one for water, another for energy alternatives.Dallas City Council votes to expand historical preservation efforts, with a specific outreach to communities of color.If you’re looking for an apartment in Texas, do you know what you’ll really be paying each month? A warning to […]

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