Texas Standard for February 25, 2022

More sanctions, more troops to Europe, but how adequate is the U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Congressman Colin Allred of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is recently back from Ukraine; he’ll weigh in on the response. And: The ripple effects on oil and commodities. Also: The week in politics, and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardFebruary 25, 2022 7:24 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, February 25, 2022.

Rep. Allred: Ukraine’s fight is our fight

U.S. Rep. Colin Allred of Dallas recently returned from Ukraine. Allred, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs committee, writes in The Dallas Morning News that Ukraine’s fight is our fight. He’ll describe how his Ukrainian experience is influencing his response to Russia’s invasion.

GOP attorney general candidates square off, sans Ken Paxton

One of Texas’ most closely watched Republican primaries is the race for attorney general. Will incumbent Ken Paxton be pulled into a runoff? If so, who will he face? Last night, Paxton’s three Republican challengers met for a final debate. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies has more.

Former Mexican president says rising wages can stem unauthorized immigration 

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox joined Canada’s former prime minister as headliners at a border summit yesterday. Among the takeaways: former President Fox says his country must improve wages to reduce immigration to the United States. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports from El Paso.

How Russia’s Ukrainian invasion is affecting Texas farmers

Among the numerous ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: agriculture. The conflict is already affecting the prices of commodities like wheat and corn. Luis Ribera, professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, tell us what it means for Texas farmers.

… and also impacting Texas oil and gas 

Oil prices per barrel jumped to their highest point in nearly eight years yesterday, following news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What does the conflict mean for Texas’ energy industry? Here to explain is Amanda Drane, business reporter for the Houston Chronicle.

Jill Biden visits medical and military facilities in San Antonio

First Lady Jill Biden toured a childcare facility at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Wednesday to learn about programs that serve military children with disabilities. She paid special attention to how military moves can impact their quality of life, as Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame reports.

It’s a harrowing time for Ukrainians abroad, with friends and family back home

Dozens of people rallied at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, carrying Ukrainian flags and holding signs condemning Putin’s invasion. Many of those gathered were Ukrainians with family and friends still living there – including Oksana Lutsyshana. An assistant professor in UT-Austin’s Department of Slavic and Eurasian studies, Lutsyshana describes the reactions back home.

Typewriter Rodeo

The gang delivers another timely poem. Submit your own suggestions online!

Texas politics: Troops tear into Greg Abbott’s border initiative 

Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán joins us to recap a story he coreported with Military Times: a leaked survey showing high dissatisfaction and low morale among Texas National Guard troops serving on Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abott’s deployment to the Texas-Mexico border.

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

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