Texas Standard For August 27, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas and Louisiana are without power as Hurricane Laura makes landfall overnight. Despite warnings of an “unsurvivable” storm surge and record-setting sustained winds, many along the northern Gulf Coast of Texas are breathing a sign of relief, despite power outages and reports of property damage – our conversations with people managing emergency efforts in Orange and Jefferson counties. And: What’s next in the aftermath of the storm. All of that and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardAugust 27, 2020 9:36 am

Here’s what’s on Texas Standard for Thursday, August 27, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard.

Jefferson County Judge On Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, near the Texas state line earlier this morning. Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick talks to the Standard about the impact on the largest Texas cities near Laura’s landfall: Beaumont and Port Arthur.

Hurricane Laura’s Impact On The Golden Triangle Region

For an update on Laura’s impact on Texas’ Golden Triangle region, we’re joined by Orange County Judge John Gothia.

Government Response To COVID-19 Testing For The Uninsured                      

Earlier this week, we heard how hard it is for uninsured people to get tested for COVID-19. Millions of Texans fall into that category. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst now explores how the state and local governments have struggled to close the gaps.

The Latest On Virtual Learning

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says virtual or distance learning has changed a bit even since the spring. He knows – both as a journalist for Tech Minute Texas and as a parent. Gallaga talks to the Standard every week about the latest tech news.

Another Installment Of Texas Standard’s ‘My Mask’ Series

We’re collecting stories about this unique moment in state history when all Texans are required to wear masks. Share yours with us on Twitter or Facebook, or email [email protected].

How Well Do Texans Know John Cornyn?

Lots of people are focused on the presidential race. But in Texas, there’s another high-profile election on the ballot, for the U.S. Senate. That race pits Democratic Air Force vet MJ Hegar against the Republican incumbent, John Cornyn. Cornyn has been in office for almost 18 years. Yet a recent University of Texas poll found about a quarter of registered voters were either neutral on his job performance or had no opinion. KERA’s Bret Jaspers looks at Cornyn’s record.

Texas Guard Troops And Rescue Workers On The Texas Gulf Coast

Sig Christenson covers the military for the San Antonio Express-News. He talks to the Standard this morning from Beaumont, where he’s with rescue workers and members of the Texas Guard.

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

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