Texas Standard for June 6, 2022: Uvalde’s aftermath brings divergent responses from lawmakers and candidates

When it comes to curbing mass shootings, some experts say in Texas, politics is the problem. Or is it? As a familiar pattern among politicians emerges in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Uvalde, the democratic nominee for lieutenant governor says there’s the prospect for serious change. Our conversation with Mike Collier. And: Sas prices hit a new all-time record in Texas. Any prospects for relief? Industry analysts Matt Smith with the latest. Also: In the depths of space: is one potential solution to climate change “out there”? A Texas researcher exploring what she sees as some very real possibilities. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJune 6, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, June 6, 2022.

What a Democratic state leader would do differently in response to Uvalde

Texas Republican leaders’ response to the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde has focused on school safety, mental health, and adding more law enforcement resources. For a different perspective on what should be done, we’re talking to Mike Collier, the Democratic candidate for Texas lieutenant governor.

Experts agree: Uvalde police should not have waited to enter school 

While there are numerous unanswered questions about the mass shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 children and two teachers, one thing is clear: the long wait to confront the gunman is not what officers are trained to do. Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips looked into what should have happened.

Employable people not filling open jobs, discovered at an aviation contest in North Texas

Many of the jobs that were lost as COVID-19 started to surge have now returned, but millions of those positions remain unfilled. There are different and complex reasons people left the workforce during COVID. Some decided to further their education. KERA’s Bill Zeeble got to know a few folks like that at a recent aviation convention.

Just in time for summer: spiking gas prices

Fuel prices are breaking records in cities across the country as the national average for unleaded gas creeps toward $5 a gallon. And things may get worse before they get better. Here with the latest is Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas at Keplr.

The Texas researcher studying the link between space dust and climate change 

As one of the leading researchers of space dust, Angela Speck’s work often deals with the minuscule, not the massive. Now, the University of Texas at San Antonio professor is looking at the relationship between these cosmic particles and climate change here on earth. Professor Speck, welcome to the Texas Standard.

New nature documentary goes ‘Deep in the Heart’ of Texas wildlife 

“Deep in the Heart” is a new feature film considered to be one of the first major wildlife documentaries set, as the title suggests, here in Texas. Writer and director Ben Masters joins us today to talk about what sets Texas apart.

Texas House speaker forms panel to investigate Uvalde response 

Texas’ House Speaker wants to investigate the series of conflicting reports surrounding the timeline of the mass shooting in Uvalde, plus the police response. Republican speaker Dade Phelan announced the investigative committee on Friday. Philip Jankowski covers Texas politics for the Dallas Morning News. He joins us with more today,

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

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