Texas Standard for April 18, 2022

Let em roll: Texas’ governor lifts his recently announced state inspections on commercial traffic at the border. What impact did Abbott’s beefed up border inspection protocol really have on immigration and the economy? Molly Smith of El Paso Matters with more. And: As consumer prices rise at rates not seen since the early 1980s, what some in South Texas are doing to try to make ends meet. Also: He’s best known from Netflix’ “Queer Eye,” but in his role as a Texas-based author, Jonathan Van Ness hopes that sharing his own story will help others embrace life’s complications. Our conversation and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardApril 18, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, April 18, 2022.

Greg Abbott calls off state inspections of trucks at El Paso border

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the Texas Department of Public Safety will stop inspecting each commercial truck at El Paso’s ports of entry. El Paso Matters’ Molly Smith joins us with the latest on the story.

Looks like pork’s back on the menu, boys!

Earmarks – federally funded projects that members of Congress bring home to their districts – are back. The practice of earmarking projects was banned altogether in 2011 because of Republican-led concerns over waste and corruption. But now that they’re back, members of Texas’ congressional delegation are split over whether to pursue them at all. Andrew Zhang, reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune, has a rundown.

How Brownsville residents are managing inflation

With prices rising an average of 8.5% in March over last year, inflation is putting a dent in many Texans’ wallets. Texas Public Radio’s Gaige Davila reports from Brownsville, where residents are doing what they can to manage just about everything being more expensive.

Matt Smith Monday ⛽

The energy crunch caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left Europe to reconsider their emissions-cutting goals. Meanwhile, the U.S. and its oil producers want nothing more than to help Europe wean itself off Russian oil. So what does this mean for the market? Speaking with us is commodities expert Matt Smith with Kpler.

A group tracking evictions across the U.S. says they’re rising to pre-pandemic levels

Dwindling federal housing relief and rising costs are making it hard for struggling renters in Texas. Princeton University’s Eviction Lab finds that evictions in Texas’ largest cities are getting back to what they were before the the COVID-19 pandemic. Emily Lemmerman, research specialist with Eviction Lab, joins us now.

Getting gorgeous with “Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness

Hairdresser, reality TV star, podcaster, comedian, author, gymnastics and ice skating enthusiast: They’re just a few of the words that describe “Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness. In his new book “Love That Story: Observations From a Gorgeously Queer Life,” Van Ness takes on another role: cheerleader. And he’s using his own story to encourage people to discover the beauty of embracing life’s complications, no matter how messy they might seem to others.

The fracas over critical race theory threatens another academic discipline: social emotional learning

Following a concerted firestorm on the right, critical race theory has become a lighting rod in education. Now mental health advocates are now concerned the fracas over CRT could affect another three-word educational practice: social emotional learning. Octavio Martinez Jr.,  executive director of UT Austin’s Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, joins us with the story.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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