Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
A measure that would allow Texans to carry handguns without a permit appears to be losing traction in the Texas Legislature. Last week, the bill was passed in the Texas House. But after law enforcement groups voiced their opposition, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says it doesn’t have the votes to carry in the Texas Senate. Jeremy Wallace has been covering this for the Houston Chronicle, where he reports on state politics. Jeremy, thanks for coming on the Texas Standard.
The one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot was seen as the answer to vaccinating certain populations against COVID-19. College students, soon to be on summer break, were one of those groups. But now, use of that vaccine has been “paused” after reports of serious blood clots. As Texas Tech Public Media’s Sarah Self-Walbrick reports, one provider in Lubbock serving a university campus, had to pivot last week.
For older Americans, scheduling a vaccine appointment has been difficult. It requires internet savvy and online access. But a new effort in Dallas brings vaccines to elder Texans launched Monday. The program brings COVID-19 shots to seniors without transportation — or those who can’t leave their home. KERA’s Alejandra Martinez tagged along on day one.
Independent live music venues were some of the first businesses to close due to the pandemic and are among the last to reopen. While venues were denied government assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program, venue owners are optimistic about the Save Our Stages Act, which offered $16 billion in grants to help clubs weather the closure. But now, more than four months after its bipartisan creation, the Save our Stages Act has yet to “deliver a cent of relief” to struggling club owners, writes David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect.
All adults 16 and older in Texas have been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for a few weeks now. But that doesn’t mean actually finding an appointment has gotten any easier. It takes time, patience and often some technological savvy to mine through a bunch of waitlists. KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports, that’s why there’s a whole army of volunteers in Austin helping people get a vaccine.
After a year of job loss from the pandemic more than 27,000 Texans are now homeless. And probably no other city has faced more criticism in its approach to homelessness than the state’s capital city. Austin Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey, talks to the Standard.
A decade-old property battle between two church groups in North Texas seems to be over. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case. As KERA’s Miranda Suarez reports, that means some faithful in North Texas have to leave the buildings they have worshipped in for years.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Shelly Brisbin with the Talk of Texas.