Texas Standard for September 19, 2022

With shelters full and an infrastructure near the breaking point, hundreds of migrants have been released on the streets of El Paso without services. So what now? As Gov. Abbott presses forward with a program to bus migrants to democratically controlled cities out of state, New York’s mayor threatens legal action, as critics call Abbott’s busing program a political stunt. We’ll take a closer look. And: Texas’ richest resident announces plans for a new startup: a lithium refining plant. Why that could be critical for the next evolution in transportation. Also: the road ahead for rural Texas: a report warns it’s especially treacherous. All that and more today on the Texas Standard:

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By Texas StandardSeptember 19, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, September 19, 2022.

How El Paso is helping the migrants arriving at its border 

Border Patrol is taking at least 1,300 migrants a day into custody in El Paso. With shelters at capacity, hundreds of those released to await their immigration hearings are on the streets. Now, El Pasoans are doing what they can to help migrants sleeping on the streets. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports. 

What impact will Greg Abbott’s migrant bussing plan have at the polls?

Debate over the treatment of migrants – particularly Gov. Greg Abbott’s practice of sending people via bus to far-flung locations like Washington D.C., New York and Chicago – is likely to be among the issues on voters’ minds this November. Walter Wilson, an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, joins us with more.  

The tech company using AI to ‘fix’ journalism 

An Austin-based tech company says it is trying to restore trust in journalism by using machine learning. The company, Otherweb, uses algorithms to score news articles based on metrics like informativity, hateful speech and clickbait headlines. Texas Public Radio’s Josh Peck has more. 

Elon Musk wants to refine lithium in Texas. Will it happen?

In a letter to the state comptroller, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he’s interested in building a lithium refinery in Texas, to procure the precious commodity for use in Tesla batteries. What does the refinery process look like and what impact could it have on the state? To learn more, we’re talking to Joe Lowry, CEO of industry advisor Global Lithium.  

‘It was a work love story’: A couple found each other and purpose at Texas School for the Blind

We’re about a month into the 2022-2023 school year, but many Central Texas districts are still hiring for a variety of positions. One of those districts is the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin. KUT’s Becky Fogel reports that while it’s getting harder to fill positions, at the school for the blind – some staff stick around for decades. 

Graphic novel mythologizes Mesoamerican legend

Texas writer Kevin Garcia and artist Emmanuel Valtierra collaborated on graphic novel “Teoatl.” It tells of the birth of the Aztec Empire. Learn more in this Texas Standard show ID.  

The Mexican American golf team that made Texas history

In 1957, a high school golf team made up solely of Mexican American boys in Del Rio stunned Texas when they won the state championship. It was not an easy journey for the team. Terry Gutierrez with the Voces Oral History Center brings us their story as part of our collaboration for Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Texas rural road system needs an update: report

Texas’ rural transportation network is under strain, according to a new report from transportation research nonprofit The Road Information Program (TRIP). Joining us with more is Rocky Moretti, TRIP director of policy and research. 

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

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