With less than two weeks left in the Texas Legislature, only one measure from either chamber related to February’s winter blackouts have made it to the Governor’s desk. Meanwhile, the fate of a slew of other bills meant to address problems that came up during the winter storm remain uncertain. Mose Buchele covers energy and the environment at our home station, KUT Austin, and joins us with an overview of the legislature’s winter blackout response.
From bail reform to air-conditioning sweltering Texas prisons, the Lege has worked to get a series of criminal justice measures over the finish line. But fights over funding and disagreements between the chambers have left some key criminal justice bills in the crosshairs. Jolie McCullough covers criminal justice issues and policy for The Texas Tribune and joins us today.
After nearly 15 months in India, Dhaval Babu and his family are back in San Antonio. Like many H-1B visa holders – a designation reserved for workers with specific skills – he was stuck overseas because of a travel ban imposed during the pandemic. But as KERA’s Stella Chávez reports, the family’s return has been bittersweet.
There was a time when world markets rose or fell with the tweets of our former president. Now, the crypto currency markets also appear to be at the mercy of one man – plunging by as much as 31% in one day, this week alone. Omar Gallaga joins with a look at the roller coaster that the cryptocurrency market is riding at the hands of Elon Musk.
Once every two years the Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think tank, hands out a prize to the country’s top community college. Judges look at criteria such as what a college’s students do after graduation, culture and instructional practice, and outcomes for students of color. This year, for the first time, the award has gone to a school in Texas: San Antonio College. Joining us now to tell us more is the school’s president, Robert Vela.
Thirteen-year-old Lucy Farrow was one of the first young Texans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. She tells the Texas Standard about her role in the vaccine study trials – something she was excited to volunteer for.
Texas is home to more military bases than any other state besides California. Some Air Force members say they’re being discriminated against because it’s hard for them to shave. Many have a skin condition that’s especially common among Black men – and they say it’s being used against them when it comes to promotions and awards. Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame reports for the American Homefront Project.
It’s called The 1836 Project: a campaign to promote patriotic education and increase awareness of Texas values (and a rebuke to The 1619 Project and its focus on slavery in America’s founding). Legislation promoting The 1836 Project already passed through the Texas House, but some historians have concerns about the idea. Raúl Ramos, associate professor of history at the University of Houston, shares his thoughts with us today.
All this plus the Texas News Roundup, and social media host Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.