Texas Standard For March 10, 2021

Texas is open 100%. The mask mandate that ends today was announced last week by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott. We’ll also talk about vaccinating people who are crossing the border illegally. And: People who are caring for loved ones might experience burn out. “Already Toast” – a new book that explores caregiving challenges. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardMarch 10, 2021 9:30 am

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

State Restrictions Lifted

Starting today, masks are no longer required for Texans out in public. Businesses and restaurants here can also open up to 100 percent capacity. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the change last week over the objections of public health officials. Sarah Self-Walbrick of Texas Tech Public Media reports on how businesses will be able to set their own guidelines.

Abbott’s Border Complaints

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending more Department of Public Safety troopers to the Rio Grande Valley to assist Border Patrol operations as the number of migrants coming to the United States surges.

Vickery Meadow and the Storm

Residents who live in the ethnically diverse Dallas neighborhood of Vickery Meadow experienced power outages and busted pipes like many others around the city. But the mostly immigrant and refugee community often faces additional challenges like language barriers or not knowing who to call for help when disaster strikes. KERA’s Stella Chavez reports on how community leaders stepped up after the storm and what some say needs to change.

Aptronyms of Texas

Commentator W.F. Strong takes a look at aptronyms, those people from Texas who have names that are, or were, particularly apt for them.

Cancel Culture

As Democrats pushed to pass President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, many Republicans steered their focus in another direction: a decision from Dr Seuss’ estate to stop publishing a handful of lesser known books containing outdated and racist tropes. Conservatives claimed this was the latest example of “cancel culture” run amok.

“Already Toast” Book

If someone you loved became seriously ill or disabled, if they needed constant care, how would that care be provided? Would the health care system offer a solution – or would you become a primary caregiver? And if you did take on that role, how would it change your life and your loved one? Kate Washington is the author of the new book, “Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America.” She is also dining critic for the Sacramento Bee.


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

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