The Rio Grande Valley is increasingly seen as a high profile political battleground – but it’s one that’s been years in the making. And though some might be quick to give Donald Trump credit for exciting conservative RGV voters, others point to work done over the years by Latinas – some of whom are now running for office. Jack Herrera has the story for Texas Monthly and joins us today.
A landfill in a historically Black and Hispanic neighborhood in northwest Houston has sat there since the 1990s. Now its owner is trying to ramp up and extend its operations for another 46 years. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst met with Carverdale residents who have never been happy with the landfill in their neighborhood.
You’ve no doubt seen or heard about the online game Wordle. The daily puzzle game with the yellow and green boxes has become part of the morning routine for millions. Texas Standard commentator W.F Strong has a few suggestions for making the game even more popular with Texans.
The Ukrainian government is urging citizens to leave Russia as soon as possible, due to an anticipated military confrontation with Russia. To help catch us up on all the latest we’re joined by professor Jeremi Suri with UT-Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Since the pandemic started two years ago, we’ve been worried about issues affecting children: remote learning, limited social interactions and more. This school year, with more children getting the vaccine and schools back in session, the situation is improving. As KUT’s Claire McInerny reports, there’s something interesting going on with first-graders – and don’t worry, it’s not all bad.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said in a tweet that 100,000 Americans died from overdoses in a single year. 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.