Here’s what’s on Texas Standard for Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
COVID-19 cases are spiking again, fueled by a more contagious variant of the virus. And with less than a month before most public schools resume in Texas, educators are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to rescind his order preventing cities and school districts from imposing mask requirements. Ovideo Molina, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, joins us with his perspective today.
Texans have lots of questions about COVID-19, especially the highly contagious delta variant. UT Health San Antonio’s Dr. Fred Campbell joins us today with answers. Listeners can share their coronavirus questions through our COVID-19 resource page for future segments with Dr. Fred.
In a closely watched congressional runoff between two Republicans in North Texas, state lawmaker Jake Ellzey beat Susan Wright on Tuesday in the special election to replace her late husband. Diagnosed with cancer and COVID, Ron Wright died in office in February. KERA’s Bill Zeeble was in Ennis at Ellzey’s party.
It’s been six years since Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was indicted on three felony charges related to securities fraud violations – violations for which Paxton still has not stood trial. The case has ground to a halt due to legal wrangling over its jurisdiction and legal fees for the many associated lawyers. If that weren’t enough, the FBI is also reportedly investigating activities of Paxton and a key donor. Oh, and Paxton is up for reelection next year. Helping us sort through it all is Lauren McGaughy, investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News.
Some of Texas’ most conservative-leaning counties also have some of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state. And there’s concern that the misinformation flourishing in those places is having direct consequences on people’s health. Yvonnes Chen researches media literacy and health for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She joins us today.
Texas lawmakers are considering changes to the bail system that would make it harder for nonprofit organizations to get people out of jail. If approved, the new law could keep people in custody longer. Houston Public Media’s Jen Rice reports, that’s just one of the issues on hold right now, with Texas Democrats preventing the legislative session from moving forward.
After a relatively cool Texas summer so far, the thermometer has started to creep up once more. Predictably, many Texans have been turning to their favorite swimming holes. But there’s one such spot in Central Texas that has a bit more mystery to it than most. Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong dove deep into one of the state’s most popular spots to cool off – Jacob’s Well.
A Texas GOP fundraiser says that 74,000 questionable mail-in ballots were recently found in Arizona. Is that a fact? Brandon Mulder investigated the claim for Politifact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman.
All this and the Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.