Texas Standard For June 14, 2021

A mass shooting in Austin Saturday leaves one dead, 13 others wounded and drawing more attention to the issue of gun violence. Nathan Bernier of KUT Austin, with more on a shooting that has shaken the Texas capitol city. And: A Texas CDC? A plan for UT’s Health Science Center to serve as a hub for fighting future pandemics. Also: Free tuition, a high quality education and a job after graduation… a push for members of Congress to do more to promote the service academies to young Black and Latino students. Plus: Oil prices hit new pandemic era highs. Why greener energy may be part of the reason. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJune 14, 2021 9:37 am

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, June 14, 2021.

Austin Mass Shooting

A 25-year-old man has died of injuries he suffered during a mass shooting early Saturday on Austin’s famous Sixth Street. Thirteen others were wounded in the gunfire outside a bar on the crowded street. One suspect is in custody, and another is being sought by authorities. KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports.

‘Texas CDC’

Texas is close to establishing an office akin to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as state lawmakers describe it. What exactly does that mean? What would a “Texas CDC” look like and how will partners be involved in establishing this? Today, we’re looking to Eric Boerwinkle, dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston, for some answers.

Haitian Immigrants

Many adults who cross into Texas from Mexico are being detained and deported, but some families are being released into the U.S. by immigration officials. And they’re not all from Central America: the number of Haitian migrants making their way to the U.S. is on the rise. Elizabeth Trovall spoke to some Haitian families who are staying at a new shelter in north Houston.

Military Academy Nominations

Advocates say more members of Congress should reach out to Black and Latino high school students and make them aware of opportunities at elite military schools. From the American Homefront project, Desiree D’Iorio has more.

Oil And Gas Rebound?

COVID-19 upset a wide range of industries. In the U.S., we’re starting to see companies bounce back. The oil industry just hit its third week in a row for record highs. Good news?  Well, that depends. For more we’re talking with Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData.

Chyna Robinson On ‘No Ordinary Love’

North Texas writer/director Chyna Robinson is about to release her first feature film to the world. “No Ordinary Love” is a romantic thriller that explores intimate partner violence and spiritual abuse. Robinson says it was important to her to begin to answer the question, “why doesn’t she just leave?”

Alpine Cowboys Baseball

Last May, the Alpine Cowboys were forced to cancel their 2020 season due to COVID-19. Because of lockdowns across rival team’s states, the team was unable to travel. Now a year later, the Cowboys are taking Kokernot Field again. And as Marfa Public Radio’s Bárbara Anguiano reports, fans packed the stadium last week, eager for the return of baseball and to take a swing at normalcy.

Abbott’s Border Wall Politics

Gov. Greg Abbott is talking about a Texas border wall. Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of The Texas Tribune, has been giving a lot of thought as to why. One hint: there’s an election coming up. We’ll hear more today.

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

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