Texas Standard for March 30, 2022

The five fastest-growing counties by population in Texas last year: we’ll talk with the state demographer about shifts in population during a pandemic year. And: President Biden has a new spending plan, and on his wish list: millions for Corpus Christi. Also: Camila Alves McConaughey on her new book aimed at getting little ones to try “just one bite.” Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardMarch 30, 2022 9:34 am,

How Texas’ population has shifted

Data from the United States Census Bureau released this week show the majority of Texas counties’ populations increased in 2021. However, many rural counties show continued signs of population loss. Texas state demographer Lloyd Potter joins us to breakdown the changes in the state’s population.

The Texas Tribune Festival preps for year 12

The annual Texas Tribune Festival roll-out has arrived once again. Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, joins us to talk about what is planned for the in-person festival scheduled for this September.

 How Dallas College mastered long-distance learning a long time ago

For decades, Dallas College has been teaching and certifying veterinary technicians virtually. Their virtual learning set up was working way before the pandemic shut down schools and Zoom lectures became the norm. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on how Dallas College has pulled it off.

A Corpus Christi port makeover could get millions in federal funding

President Biden released his proposal for the 2023 federal budget which included the Corpus Christi port improvement project. The port is in the process of widening its ship channel so that it can accommodate bigger ships. If passed, the Army Corps of Engineers would receive $157 million to complete the project. Joining us to explain more is Chase Rogers, a reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Texas fentanyl overdoses rise

Fentanyl is now the largest cause of overdoses in Harris County, surpassing cocaine. The painkiller is increasingly showing up in supplies of other drugs, including coke and methamphetamines. Talking with us about the issue is Joy Alonzo, clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Pharmacy, and co-chair of Texas A&M’s Opioid Task Force.

Camila Alves McConaughey has written a book for picky eaters

Anyone who has ever been tasked with feeding a child knows that mealtime is not always easy. “Just Try One Bite” tackles the messiness of feeding a toddler. The book is co-authored by Camila McConaughey who is talking with us about her new book on today’s show.

Fact-checking a claim about wind energy

A Republican senate candidate in Colorado said that the emissions from building and retiring wind turbines means that their “overall return is negative.” Helping us determine if that’s a fact is Nusaiba Mizan with 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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