Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, January 29, 2021.
Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University talks to the Standard about how state lawmakers are tackling redistricting or drawing election boundaries. Because new Census numbers won’t be released until April, will that force the legislature to go into a special session this summer to complete redistricting?
If you’re over the age of 65, or you are over the age of 16 and have an underlying health condition, you are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. But eligibility is one thing and getting a dose, quite another. The Standard’s Terri Langford spent this week looking at what most of you are looking at – the Texas Department of State Health website – for clues as to why there’s so much frustration about how to sign up and get those vaccine appointments booked.
Vaccine at Rural Walmart
Walmart is administering COVID-19 vaccinations at six stores in Texas. The major retailer joins a sporadic list of retail stores with pharmacies offering the vaccine across the state. Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios reports the Walmarts are in mostly smaller communities.
The Reddit vs Wall Street saga has both intrigued and well, confused many. The “little guy” versus the hedge funds narrative it began with has evolved into something far more complex and precarious. Derek Thompson, a writer for The Atlantic talks to the Standard about the continuing market saga.
Two years ago today, the Trump administration launched the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until a U.S. immigration judge decides their case. Officials said the policy would help weed out weak or fraudulent claims, but it came under fire for forcing many migrants into dangerous, squalid living conditions and far from any legal counsel. President Joe Biden suspended the policy, and no one else will be placed in the program. But what will happen to people who are already in the program, and whose asylum hearings are on indefinite hold during the pandemic? KERA’s Mallory Falk reports.
Almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic, some new mothers have experienced pregnancy, labor and delivering a newborn, all under unusual circumstances. Texas Tech Public Media’s Sarah Self-Walbrick reports how baby moms in Lubbock have kept going through the challenges of pandemic life.
President Biden has been in office for just over a week now. The administration is facing challenges on numerous fronts. Actions on battling the coronavirus and climate change are two that have drawn a lot of attention. But commentator Peniel Joseph has been watching to see if Biden will back up the campaign promises he made towards addressing systemic racism and inequality.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.