Texas Standard for March 4, 2022

What more should the U.S. do to put the squeeze on Russia? Former Texas Congressman and ex-CIA officer Will Hurd, on whether we should impose a no-fly zone. And: A bipartisan push for Texas pension funds to divest from Russia. Also: we’ll meet the Jeopardy player from Texas who brought home the college championship prize. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard.

By Texas StandardMarch 4, 2022 9:55 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, March 4, 2022.

The push to disinvest Texas pensions from Russian companies 

A bipartisan group of Texas senators want the state’s pension systems to divest from Russian companies in the wake of the Ukraine invasion. As Houston Public Media’s Sascha Cordner reports, state Sen. Paul Bettencourt is leading the effort.

Will Hurd on Ukraine and an ‘American Reboot’

We are now moving into the second week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Joining Texas Standard to give his perspective on the conflict and America’s role in it is Will Hurd, former representative for Texas’ 23rd district, ex-CIA officer, and author of the forthcoming book “American Reboot.”

A Houston-area runoff may divide voters there  

The race for state House District 147, which runs from Houston’s downtown southeast, roughly along I-45, is still unfinished after Tuesday’s election. The Democratic primary to replace retiring state Rep. Garnet Coleman is going to a runoff and Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider says the competition is expected to split the Black vote.

‘I feel so helpless’: Ukrainians living in Austin watch a war thousands of miles away

For the past week or so, Ukrainians living in Texas have watched a war unfold in their home country. Many have been glued to their phones – messaging with family and checking the news for the latest on Russia’s invasion. Audrey McGlinchy of KUT Austin sat down with one Ukrainian family to see how they’re dealing with war thousands of miles away.

Who is the first-ever National College ‘Jeopardy!’ champion?

University of Texas at Austin student Jaskaran Singh was crowned college Jeopardy! champion last week. Today, he talks with us about his experience on the show, what it’s been like back on campus and representing Texas.

The Sounds of Texas: Kelsey Caesar

This Houston-born actor stars in the first-ever all Black slasher movie, playing at SXSW.

Environmental activist honored in Dallas Museum of Art 

Marsha Jackson led the fight in her southeast Dallas community to remove a huge pile of waste known as Shingle Mountain. The activist is now being memorialized by artist Ari Brielle at the Museum of Art in Dallas. Jackson’s defeat over Shingle Mountain will be highlighted as well as a message about the environmental work ahead. KERA’s Miguel Perez has more.

Typewriter Rodeo

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

The Week in Texas Politics: Were there any surprises in this week’s primaries?

Three days after the primary, it’s time to recap the results. Joining us to talk about surprises and things to watch from the primary is the politics reporter from the Texas Tribune, James Barragán.

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

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