Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, November 5, 2021.
The Biden administration’s January 4 deadline for large employers to require COVID vaccination or weekly testing is destined for a legal fight, with Texas leading the way. The state is already suing over the federal mandate for federal contractors, and Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order forbidding mandates by “any entity” in Texas that’s already being challenged in practice. Meanwhile, Texas employers and employees are caught in the middle of all this legal wrangling. We’ll talk to Dietrich von Bidenfield, assistant professor of business law at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Considerable congestion at west coast ports is being blamed for supply chain issues across the nation, Texas included. So could some of that ship cargo get diverted to Texas? Joining us to explore the issues is Jim Kruse, director of the Center for Ports and Waterways at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
The CDC has approved COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11. Over 400,000 doses have arrived in Texas and more are on the way. In Lubbock, where about 50% of people are fully vaccinated, dozens of parents lined up at the city’s vaccination hub for children. Texas Tech Public Media’s Kaysie Ellingson reports.
Adult Protective Services investigates reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with a disability and those 65 and older. Last year, APS verified more than 52,000 such cases in Texas. As the Texas Standard’s Joy Diaz reports, APS’s hopes to intervene before anyone gets hurt, but sometimes it’s too late. Then, APS’ job becomes escalation in pursuit of prosecution.
Through intimate archival photos and nuanced reporting, “Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora” deconstructs traditional thoughts around Mexican machismo. We’re joined by the book’s author, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández.
Chances are you’ve seen Georgia O’Keefe’s masterful paintings of life-sized flowers, New York skyscrapers, and desert landscapes. But an important aspect of O’Keeffe’s artistic career that’s not as well known is her photography. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hoping to change that with what they call the first major exhibit of the artist’s photographs, called “Georgia O’Keefe, Photographer.” The museum’s associate curator of photography, Lisa Volpe, joins us with more.
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Joining us for a look back at the week in Texas politics, our Friday regular: James Barragán, political reporter for the Texas Tribune.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.