Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
In George Floyd’s hometown of Houston, reactions to the guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin were of hopeful relief. And there was a sense that the decision marks a new beginning, rather than an end, for dealing with the issue of police violence in Houston and nationwide. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider reports.
The conviction of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin marked the rarest of events in the highly prized American court system: a white police officer made accountable for killing a Black man. Is this conviction a watershed moment, an actual turning point that will bring greater reform and accountability – finally – to policing? The Standard talks to Melanye Price, a political science professor at Prairie View A&M University, who is the author of “The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race” and the inaugural director of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice.
In the pollinator world, bees are regarded as the A-Team. When it comes to cultivating flowers, fiber, and vegetables, they are the varsity, the heavy lifters. That said, new research shows that some Texas farmers may owe a not-insignificant debt to butterflies, too. Sarah Cusser, a postdoctoral research associate at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University, talks to the Standard.
News broke this week that a new coronavirus variant was found in Texas. The strain now known as BV-1 and named for the Brazos Valley, was discovered when a Texas A&M University student tested positive on March 5, then again on March 25. That student exhibited mild symptoms. But the discovery is raising questions about what this means for combating the pandemic in the Lone Star State. One of the researchers, Dr. Benjamin Neuman, professor of Biology and Global Health Research Complex Chief Virologist at Texas A&M University, talks to the Standard.
It’s spring cleaning season. You might find some old toys while tidying up your garage – Beanie Babies, maybe some Hot Wheels or Cabbage Patch Kids. If you discover any old Pokemon cards, KERA’s Miguel Perez says you could have a small fortune on your hands.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.