Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Immigration Moratorium
This week, a federal judge in Texas has blocked President Joe Biden’s attempt to stop deportations. Elissa Steglich, a co-director and professor at the University of Texas Immigration Clinic at the UT School of Law in Austin, talks to the Standard.
For some COVID-19 patients, a negative test does not mean that they’re done with the virus. It’s called long-haul COVID, when symptoms like chronic fatigue, respiratory problems, and brain fog can persist for months after contracting the virus. Although doctors know more about long-haul COVID than when the pandemic started, there are still lots of questions about its effects. Dr. Esther Melamed, an assistant Neurology Professor at UT-Austin’s Dell Medical School, talks to the Standard.
News that the Biden administration is blocking further construction on the Keystone XL pipeline was greeted with cheers from environmental groups, and jeers from industry representatives and oil-state politicians. But, in Texas, the impact of the decision is far more complicated than much of the rhetoric would have you believe, as KUT Austin’s Mose Buchele reports.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
As fewer people remain from what was called “the greatest generation,” the memory of what happened during World War II becomes blurry. That’s why some of those events have been memorialized through established holidays. Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Arguing Against the Minimum Wage
Yesterday on the broadcast we talked about the case for raising the minimum wage. President Joe Biden wants to bump it up to $15 an hour. But not everyone believes this policy will work. Michael Saltsman, economist and managing director of the Employment Policies Institute, a fiscally-conservative think tank based out of Washington, talks to the Standard,
One of the many things Texas has lost because of the pandemic is its convention business. Hundreds of events have been cancelled. But as we learn from Houston Public Media’s Florian Martin, some big events in the Bayou City are coming back.
Stories from Texas: 50th Anniversary of the LBJ School of Public Affairs
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.