Texas Standard for February 16, 2022

By Texas StandardFebruary 16, 2022 9:01 am,

Six congressional primaries to watch 

The nation’s first primary elections of 2022 are underway in Texas. And while Joseph Ax, national affairs reporter for Reuters, notes that the race for Governor will get a lot of attention, he’s focusing on six contests for the U.S. House of Representatives that will help determine the makeup of the next Congress.

ExxonMobil union contract nears vote after months of tumult 

After a nearly 10-month lockout, union workers at one of the nation’s largest oil refineries in Beaumont are expected to vote on a new contract early next week. As Houston Public Media’s Jack Williams reports, ​the ExxonMobil workers have been off the job since last May.

San Antonio Symphony striking musicians meet with management

The pandemic silenced many musicians across Texas, but for symphony lovers in San Antonio, the silence is more complicated. Musicians with the San Antonio symphony have been on strike since September, with management and musicians deadlocked over a contract – but harmonious notes emerged over the weekend. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan has more.

Texans share how to prepare for future freezes and blackouts

Last year’s winter storm brought freezing temperatures and a chain reaction of blackouts that caught many across Texas by surprise. The electricity and water we take for granted suddenly became unreliable. KERA’s Miranda Suarez spoke with two experts in disaster preparation about how Texans can level up.

What geopolitics is doing for Texas gas exports

Despite expressed concern over climate change, countries in western Europe are now clamoring for American natural gas – the lion’s share of which comes from Texas. For more, we bringing in Russell Gold, who’s been covering the story for Texas Monthly.

Meet the guy behind the Doritos Locos tacos

Don’t listen to this Texas Standard show ID on an empty stomach!

Federal horse-adoption program brings free wild horses – and questions – to Texas

Families turned out earlier this month in Seguin to adopt wild horses and burros from the federal government. The feral animals came from public lands in western states, where officials say there are tens of thousands more than can be sustained. But the program has its critics. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive explains how the promise of a free horse draws so much ire.

Which books are being banned in Texas schools?

A viral tweet claims that schools in Texas are banning books like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “1984,” but not “Mein Kampf.” Is that a fact? Nusaiba Mizan looks into this claim for PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.

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