Texas Standard For September 4, 2020

Children are dying – so says a federal judge warning Texas isn’t doing enough to protect kids in foster care. The latest from Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News. And: A border wall about to fall? A new engineering report warns a three-mile section built in South Texas could tumble, as a legal fight to bring it down rages on. Also: The week in politics with the Texas Tribune and more.

By Texas StandardSeptember 4, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Friday, September 4, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. We’ll have full posts for each story, including audio, a little later today.

Texas Foster Care Lawsuit Hearing

An ongoing lawsuit against the state over the care of Texas foster children could result in big financial penalties against the state’s Health and Human Services Commission for failing to make improvements as ordered by a federal judge. Bob Garrett, the Austin bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News updates listeners on the latest.

Failure Of We Build The Wall’s Wall

Parts of a privately-built border wall in the Rio Grande Valley will fail, according to a recent engineering report  released this week on the controversial project. The report is the latest criticism of the wall. Reporter Jeremy Schwartz with the ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative talks to the Standard about the border project.

Paul Rusesabagina Arrest 

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Paul Rusesabagina reportedly saved over 1,200 Rwandans by sheltering them in the hotel he managed. It’s a story that was made famous by the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ in which actor Don Cheadle played Rusesabagina. He and his family had split time between Brussels and San Antonio for over a decade. Now, Rusesabagina is back in Rwanda, but apparently not on his own terms. Rwandan officials say he’s been arrested and charged with crimes such as terrorism, arson, and murder. His family and friends say that he’s been kidnapped by the government. Kathleen Tobin Krueger, wife of former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, is a longtime friend of the Rusesasbagina family. She talks to the Standard. 

Lack of Child Care, part 4

It’s been just over a week since UT Austin started its fall semester. And while much of the focus so far has been on keeping students socially distanced and healthy, there’s another disruptive part to heading back to campus: child care for faculty and staff. All this week we’ve been hearing about the struggle parents face when it comes to child care during the pandemic. Today, KUT’s Claire McInerny talks to a mom who is trying to navigate two areas of her life made difficult by the pandemic.

Quarantine Streams

Amy Miller, program director at KXT in North Texas has recommendations for streaming concerts this week.

Houston Symphony and COVID Researchers Teaming Up

The performing arts have taken a big hit from COVID-19. From April to July, Houston’s arts economy lost over 42,000 jobs and over $1 billion in sales. Many artists want to perform on stage again, but don’t know how to do that safely for a live audience. Houston Public Media reporter Katie Watkins tells us how the Houston Symphony and Rice engineers are using science to figure that out for musicians.

Typewriter Rodeo

The Week In Texas Politics

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune

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

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