Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, February 19, 2021.
Bob Garrett, Austin bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, talks to the Standard about the governor’s response to the winter storm and power outages.
Will this be one of Texas’ costliest natural disasters? As temperatures are expected to rise over the weekend, we’re likely to get a better picture of how much damage people and their homes have suffered during this winter storm. And those damages could be costly for the state and the towns and cities who have been dealing with power outages and water supply issues this week. Ray Perryman, president and CEO of the economic research firm The Perryman Group based in Waco, talks to the Standard.
Warming temperatures and restored power mean homeowners and renters might finally be able to address the damage from the week’s brutal weather. And for thousands across the state, that will mean insurance claims. KERA’s Paige Phelps reports on how consumers should approach the task.
Today is actually a red letter day for thousands of migrants who’ve been stuck in shelters and tent camps across northern Mexico. Because now, the U.S. government will gradually start allowing them into the country to pursue asylum claims. It’s part of the Biden administration’s effort to end Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program. KERA’s Mallory Falk checked in with one family she’s been following for months.
Wendy Knight, executive director of South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Inc., talks to the Standard about the rescue of sea turtles in Texas.
The weather has been harsh for domesticated animals. And one Lubbock resident has been completely focused on rescuing strays from the bitter cold. Texas Tech Public Media’s Jayme Lozano reports.
The Standard talks to Dr. Fred Campbell, an associate professor of medicine at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio about health and safety questions related to the utility crisis across the state.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.