Texas Standard for February 1, 2022

This year’s first test of the state’s power grid – what to do to prepare for wintry weather on the way. And: The Texas politician who apparently has his eyes on a 2024 presidential bid – as long as Donald Trump isn’t running. Also: What to look for in the upcoming primaries. These stories and more, today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardFebruary 1, 2022 9:14 am,

Here’s what’s on Texas Standard for Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

What Texans can do to prep for winter weather 

Temperatures are set to drop tomorrow, and forecasters are warning of hazardous weather. Though experts say conditions won’t compare to the deadly storm Texas experienced last February, there are steps folks can take to prepare. For more we’re talking with Todd Beal, a Fort Worth-based National Weather Service emergency response specialist.

HIV vaccine tests made possible by COVID research  

An mRNA vaccine against HIV, made possible by the COVID vaccine, will be tested in San Antonio. Texas Public Radio’s Bonnie Petrie has more.

Three things to watch in the Texas primaries 

Early voting in the March midterm primaries starts in two weeks. And we’ve got eyes on several races across the state, from Gov. Greg Abbott’s Republican primary on down. Gromer Jeffers, political writer for The Dallas Morning News, joins us with some things to watch.

The Texas connections to Super Bowl LVI

Feb. 13 is Super Bowl Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals will square off against the Los Angeles Rams (in the Rams’ home stadium, no less). Even though Texas’ NFL teams were shut out of the big game again, there are still plenty of Lone Star connections to sort through. Joining us with more is author Richie Whitt, who writes for online Sports Illustrated publication Cowboy Maven.

Raiders seeing red as Texas Tech faces its old coach with a new team

Texas Tech’s Red Raiders play the UT Longhorns tonight in men’s basketball. Both teams are ranked in the AP’s top 25 – but that’s not the only reason the game will be full of drama. It’s the first time Horns coach Chris Beard returns to Lubbock since he left the Raiders last year to coach at UT. Texas Tech Public Media’s Sarah Self-Walbrick says the coach will be greeted by a fanbase hungry for revenge.

Houston program hopes to treat health disparities 

Despite spending more money on health care than any other developed country, health outcomes in the U.S. are comparatively poor. Now the University of Houston is launching a first of its kind program to address health inequities over the long-term. Joining us to explain the new program is University of Houston Chief Population Health Officer Bettina Beech.

Ted Cruz’s presidential hopes are at the mercy of Donald Trump – again

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had his presidential hopes stymied by Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Now, as Sen. Cruz weighs another presidential run in 2024, his decision seems to depend on whether he’ll have to face Trump again. NBC News political correspondent Allan Smith joins us today with his thoughts.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.

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