Texas Standard for March 18, 2022

High winds, low humidity and dry conditions fuel wildfires in Texas. In Abilene authorities have ordered evacuation. We’ll have the latest. And: Extradition can ensure those who flee to another country face justice. A judge in Scotland though ruled returning a man would be a human rights violation because of poor conditions in Texas prisons. Also: A trailblazing Secret Service agent talks about being one of the first women hired to do the job. Plus: The Texas border chef nominated for a prestigious national award three years after opening his restaurant in El Paso. All of those stories and more today on the Texas Standard

By Texas StandardMarch 18, 2022 9:40 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, March 18, 2022.

The latest on the wildfires dotting Central Texas 

Evacuation orders have been issued for several areas in Central Texas, due to wildfires. Erin O’Connor, a spokesperson for the Texas A&M Forest Service talks with us about what she’s seen so far and what she expects as the fires continue.

A Scottish Judge Won’t Extradite A Suspect To Texas, Citing Inhumane Conditions at Texas Prisons

In 2016, a man admitted to shooting a security guard in the foot at a frat party in Austin. But before he went to trial, he fled to his home nation, Scotland. Late last year, a Scottish judge denied the extradition request from American authorities, citing inhumane conditions in the Texas prison system. We’re talking about the case with Keri Blakinger, Texas-based reporter for The Marshall Project and a columnist for NBC.

The U.S. Will Boost Oil Production in The Wake of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, But Energy Independence Remains a Dream

The Biden administration is calling for increased domestic oil production to help lessen skyrocketing gas prices. Republican lawmakers are saying it’s just lip service. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider reports on what the White House can do to increase production and bring down prices.

African American Roots Music Fest Spotlights Banjos, Fiddles in Fort Worth

A new music festival kicks off in Fort Worth this weekend. The Fort Worth African-American Roots Music Festival spotlights African-American roots music. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports on how banjos and fiddles fit in today’s world of hip-hop and K-pop.

The El Paso Chef Nominated for a James Beard Award

Emilio Marentes opened his restaurant Elemi in El Paso in 2019. Marentes’ menu reflects his border roots and dedication to cooking using sustainably sourced ingredients from the U.S. and Mexico. His bordertown influences earned him a prestigious James Beard nomination. We’ll hear from him today.

What It Was Like to be the First Female Secret Service Agent

Kathryn Clark Chiders dreamed of being Annie Oakley, so her father taught her how to shoot. Years later she found herself on a shooting range in Washington D.C. on her way to becoming one of the first women secret service agent. She details it all in her book “Scared Fearless: An Unlikely Agent in the U.S. Secret Service.” She shares her story with us today.

Typewriter Rodeo

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

The Week in Texas Politics

Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by with a recap of the week that was, including more questions about Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security initiative, pressure on investment firms over fossil fuel divestment, and more on the investigation into a disgraced home for trafficked children,

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

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