Texas Standard For June 7, 2021

Wins in Texas for the GOP this weekend, but also some party turmoil. Who’s in charge? We’ll take a closer look. And: We’ve been living with COVID-19 for a long, hard while now. But we’re continuing to learn about it: what some Texas researchers say the virus does to hide in your body. Also: A big international business deal in Houston has some scratching their heads, and could pose some risks for those living in the area – we’ll explore. Plus: We’ll take a look at a San Antonio business and the hard lessons it has learned during the pandemic. And: What exactly is critical race theory and how will recent moves affect what’s taught in Texas classrooms? We’ll hear from an educator. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJune 7, 2021 10:11 am

Here’s what’s on Texas Standard for Monday, June 7, 2021.

Special Elections, Allen West And The Texas GOP

Texans went to the polls this weekend to decide local runoff elections. Along the border in McAllen, a Republican narrowly won the mayoral race. With Texas Gov. Greg Abbott facing a challenge from the right ahead of the 2022 elections, what do these trends tell us about politics and Republicans in Texas? Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, and Rebecca Deen, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, have some thoughts.

Metal Ions And COVID-19

San Antonio researchers have discovered the COVID virus can use metal ions like magnesium and calcium in your own body as a disguise to hide itself from your immune system. Texas Public Radio’s Bonnie Petrie brings us more.

Pemex Refinery

The Mexican, state-owned petroleum company, Pemex, surprised the energy industry by announcing it will take full control of the Deer Park refinery outside of Houston. Since 1993, the refinery has been operated as a 50-50 joint venture between Pemex and Shell Oil Company. But last month, Shell announced that it would be selling its stake in the refinery after receiving an “unsolicited offer” from Pemex. But the move may turn out to be a costly one for Pemex, and to the Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration. George Baker is a Houston-based analyst on Mexico’s energy industry, talks to the Standard.

Simone Biles’ Win At US Gymnastics Championship

The Sounds Of Texas: ‘Bones Of Texas’ Photography Exhibit At Red River Valley Museum

San Antonio Hatter

Many Texas businesses that could not adjust their operations to meet the challenges of this pandemic, have failed. But Texas Public Radio’s Brian Kirkpatrick reports one of San Antonio’s oldest businesses stuck with what it knows best – hats and customer service – and survived long enough to reopen.

Lubbock Teacher Responds To Critical Race Theory

Texas lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk that limits how teachers talk about current events and racism in the classroom. Texas is the latest state to pass Republican-backed measures targeting “critical race theory.” It’s an academic approach that explores systemic racism throughout American history. Many fear the Texas bill pulls teachers into the culture wars and could stifle honest dialogue. From Texas Tech Public Media, Kaysie Ellingson reports on the debate around the bill, and talks with one teacher who says, in practice, it might not actually change much.

All that plus the Texas News Roundup and social media host Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.

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