Texas Standard for January 18, 2022

With hospital ERs on the front lines in the latest COVID-19 spike, a doctor issues a plea for the public’s help. And: A service of healing in the aftermath of the hostage situation at a Colleyville synagogue on Saturday. Also: Understanding seditious conspiracy charges against a Texas-based militia founder in connection with the January 6 Capitol attacks. Join us for those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJanuary 18, 2022 9:31 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

How COVID is hitting hospitals across Texas

Emergency rooms across Texas are feeling the strain from the current COVID surge. What’s it like in those ERs?  Dr. Ewan Johnson, a board member of Harris Health System and HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball, explains.

At healing service, faith leaders from Congregation Beth Israel share words of gratitude, hope

Two days after the hostage standoff at a synagogue in Colleyville, its leaders held a healing service Monday night for the community. KERA’s Pablo Arauz Peña reports.

Heat up the irons: it’s time to register your cattle brand 

Cattle branding is an old practice that’s as prevalent today as ever. Each ranch develops its own unique mark, some of which have become icons themselves. We’re currently in the middle of Texas’ brand registration period: every 10 years, Texas ranchers must register their brand with the local county clerk. Helping us explore the history of Texas brands is rancher, writer, and historian Delbert Trew.

The Texas-based militia members facing Jan. 6 sedition charges

A far right militia group and its North Texas based founder face federal sedition charges for their role in the January 6 insurrection at the nation’s capital. The charges against the group, dubbed the Oath Keepers, are perhaps the most serious to come out of the investigation into the events of that day. Alan Rozenshtein, professor at the University of Minnesota’s Law School, joins us today with more.

Who is the woman who sings at Austin City Council meetings?

Testimony at public meetings can sound like a lot of things. It can sound like yelling. It can sound grateful, or pleading. As KUT Austin’s Audrey McGlinchy reports, in some rare cases, it can sound melodic.

The Rio Grande Valley is a 2022 political hot spot, but voter turnout has been historically low

Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke have already made trips to the border this campaign season. The Rio Grande Valley has received a lot of national attention for what many see as its ability to tip the scales of an election. But there’s still a big challenge before that can happen: actually getting RGV voters to the polls. Texas Public Radio’s Pablo De La Rosa reports.

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

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