Texas Standard for March 23, 2022

Texas’ two senators press President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee in historic confirmation hearings at the U.S. Capitol. Todd Gilman of The Dallas Morning News with more on the roles of Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz in the confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. And: Does Texas need an independent monitor of the natural gas industry? A conversation with a Texas senator pushing for this change. Also: A book that is as much a celebration of Texas’ 250 rivers as it is a warning. Plus: Why allegations of sexual abuse against the Boy Scouts are factors in a bankruptcy court settlement. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardMarch 23, 2022 9:20 am,

Texas Senators question Supreme Court nominee  

Ketanji Brown Jackson will face another day of questioning by Senators as her confirmation hearing continues. On Tuesday, Texas Sen. John Cornyn accused Jackson of calling former President Bush a war criminal and Sen. Ted Cruz questioned the judge on her stance on critical race theory. For a view from the hearing room, Texas Standard turns to Todd Gillman, Washington bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News.

Ukrainian mother escapes Russian attacks

More than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s military invaded. But the next step in their journey is also filled with uncertainty. From KERA North Texas, Stella Chavez brings us one of those stories.

Push for independent monitor of Texas natural gas

For years, Texas’ electricity market had no independent monitor. Despite initial resistance to the monitor, many lawmakers and people in the industry began to support the idea because it increased efficiency. Now, there’s a push for an independent monitor for the natural gas market in Texas. Texas State Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas) is among those leading the push. He shares his thoughts with the Standard.

Fear of weather unknown

One in seven working Texans has an agriculture-related job. That’s a lot of people who depend at least in part on unpredictable markets and mother nature to make a living. Amidst extreme Texas weather, it’s no surprise some of those folks might look towards the future with a bit of uncertainty. Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong discusses the pessimistic farmer.

Ukrainian-American musician tries to wage peace in Kyiv

The news surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been complex. Despite brutal tragedy, moments of beauty shine through. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan spoke on the phone to an American musician who has lived in Ukraine for the past 23 years, who shares his similarly complex story.

‘Viva Texas Rivers!’

Texas’ waterways teem with stories — some true, some tall tales. The proof is gathered together in a new collection of writings called “Viva Texas Rivers: Adventures, Misadventures, and Glimpses of Nirvana along Our Storied Waterways.” Sam Pfiester is one of the book’s editors. He highlights some of those adventures with the Standard.

Boy Scouts face bankruptcy 

The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy after the Irving-based youth organization was sued by tens of thousands of people who say they were sexually abused while participating in the program. Now, a judge in Delaware will decide whether to approve the Scouts’ plan to compensate those victims. Professor Melissa Jacoby, who teaches bankruptcy law at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, has been watching the case and shares her insight with Texas Standard.

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

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