Texas Standard For April 12, 2021

To everything there is a season, it’s said. But you might be surprised by what season is already upon us. Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune on what else seems to be sprouting along with the bluebonnets, as Texas politicians nurture budding would be candidacies for 2022. And: A vote of another sort in Alabama with potential implications for efforts to unionization pushes in Texas. Also: Is there a doctor on the line? How the pandemic may prove a long-term shot in the arm for telemedicine in Texas. Plus: Something fishy getting served up in San Antonio, thanks to a British expat. Those stories and more on today’s Texas Standard:

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By Texas StandardApril 12, 2021 9:30 am

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, April 12, 2021.

2022 Candidates In Texas

Spring brings bluebonnets to Texas, but there’s another season starting too. Ross Ramsey, editor and the co-founder of The Texas Tribune talks about the field of 2022 political candidates

Telemedicine Legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed how many Americans receive health care. Sarah Self-Walbrick of Texas Tech Public Media has details on how state broadband and public health legislation will make visiting the online doctor visit more accessible for all Texans.

Hunger During the Pandemic

A year ago, photos of 10,000 cars waiting for hours in line to receive food in San Antonio, Texas, became one of the iconic images of the pandemic. One year on, Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive looks at how much has changed and how much, hasn’t.

Migrant Kids in High School

Thousands of migrant children and teens have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in the last few weeks. And in recent years, Houston has become the “number one” destination for these teens. Once they are processed at the border, most are reconnected with family members and restart their lives in a new country, in a new language and with a new school. And that’s where Elizabeth Trovall of Houston Public Media picks up the story.

Amazon Labor Vote Impact

Last week, the online retail giant, Amazon, defeated a unionization effort at the company’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. But what does the vote last week say about union power overall? The Standard talks to Rebecca Kolins Givan, an associate professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Ursula Pike on “An Indian Among Los Indígenas”

Something Fishy in San Antonio

A dish that is decidedly not Texan has been getting noticed a lot in San Antonio. It came there from a transplanted Brit, who figured out a way to make a meal that reminded him of home. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan serves it up.

Police Reform in Mexico

As the United States reconsiders the way it polices communities, the protests against police violence here seems to have inspired our neighbors to the south. Mexico is contending with its own racial reckoning  as well. Whitney Eulich, a special correspondent at the Christian Science Monitor, talks to the Standard.

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

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