Texas Standard For January 27, 2021

Six days into the Biden administration and Texas’ attorney general has successfully, if temporarily, reversed a deportation ban. Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against the Biden administration puts a temporary stop on the president’s attempts to change immigration enforcement. What happens next? We’ll explore. And: For many, the symptoms of COVID-19 don’t last very long. Now, what Texas researchers are finding out about those who suffer long-term. Also: Another take on the impact of increasing the minimum wage, more harm than good? We’ll explore. Plus: A day of remembrance for a time we must “never forget.” Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJanuary 27, 2021 9:30 am

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.

Long Haul COVID

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.

 XL Pipeline Order

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,

 Houston Conventions

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

PolitiFact Texas

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

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