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February 17, 2023

Unpacking Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State address

By: David Brown

We’ll break down Gov. Greg Abbott’s biennial state of the state address, which highlighted schools, border security and property tax relief among emergency items for lawmakers.
How people in Texas with ties to Turkey and Syria are rallying for relief following last week’s devastating earthquakes.
Tough times for the economy and a lack of funding have some Texas school districts considering shuttering schools to make ends meet.
And in San Benito, a grand new home opens this weekend for celebrating the story of Texas conjunto music.


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 […]


September 29, 2023

Why homeschooling is on the rise across the ideological spectrum

Sean Theriault of UT-Austin with a look at why government shutdowns have become so common, and what needs to happen to avoid another come Sunday. The summer of 2023 was the second hottest on record in Texas. But for renters, air conditioning isn’t legally required — at least not everywhere in the state. Over the […]