Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
Rio Grande Valley communities are preparing for former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s visit to the Texas-Mexico border tomorrow. This visit comes on the heels of Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip last Friday to El Paso. John Moritz covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network. He’s following Trump and Abbott’s border tour from the South Texas city of Edinburgh. John joins us now. Thanks for being here.
We now have a much fuller picture of how Texas public school students performed on the state’s standardized tests during the pandemic. Scores dropped dramatically. Emily Donaldson is an education reporter for the Dallas Morning News’ Education Lab and talks to the Standard.
The Dallas Police Department has launched a new effort to get more residents to report crime. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble tells us, there’s a special focus on reaching out to the LGBTQ community.
Starting today, private electricity corporations can shut off power to Texans who don’t pay their bills. State regulators halted disconnections as COVID-19 wreaked economic havoc on working people last year, and again in response to the winter storm. For months, private companies have pushed for an end to the moratorium, and they got their wish just as the summer heat arrived. TPR’s Dominic Anthony Walsh reports.
People have been talking for a long time about how big some tech companies have become. Amazon, Apple, and Google are retailers, manufacturers, media companies and more. But Washington now seems poised to do something about that. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved a handful of bills designed to push back on big tech’s plans to get bigger. Gilad Edelman has been writing about tech and politics for a long time — he’s now at Wired.
Advice columns like those written by Dear Abby or Miss Manners have gone out of vogue, but people still need – sometimes even crave – advice, especially when they’re part of a marginalized community like the LGBTQ+ community. This realization helped J. P. Brammer create a column for those who needed that connection and wanted to be heard.And now he has a new book based on his column, called “Hola Papi! How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons.” Brammer joins us to talk about the book.
As pandemic restrictions continue to ease, some employers are having trouble filling jobs. This is especially true in lower-wage industries. But in El Paso there’s a shortage of child care workers for a different reason: competition. It’s one way to track the impact of illegal immigration in the area. The child care workers are being recruited to work at shelters for migrants. Victoria Rossi, who reported this story for El Paso Matters, talks to the Standard.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Michael Marks with the talk of Texas.