Texas Standard for September 21, 2022

A resource center in San Antonio now in the spotlight. It’s the focus of a national controversy over transporting migrants out of state. At least three migrants from Venezuela file suit against Florida’s governor and other top officials alleging false promises designed to lure them to travel from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard. We’ll have details. And: After a hurricane strikes Puerto Rico, a privatized power grid leaves more than a million without electricity. Echoes of Texas’ own power grid issues? We’ll explore. Plus: As the U.S. moves to over the counter hearing aids, privacy advocates are raising concerns. We’ll hear why plus a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardSeptember 21, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

A closer look at San Antonio’s Migrant Resource Center

After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had dozens of migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard from San Antonio, the Migrant Resource Center has become the focus of a national controversy. Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides reports. 

Puerto Rico’s privatized power grid

Catastrophic flooding in Puerto Rico has led to the failure of the island’s privatized power grid. Joining us to talk about it – and how that aspect parallels Texas’ own – is Ed Hirs, energy fellow at the University of Houston.   

Beto O’Rourke talks about SpaceX

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to one Rio Grande Valley resident’s concerns about SpaceX this past weekend. Texas Public Radio’s Gaige Davila has more. 

Hearing aids are now available without prescription

Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids without a prescription starting next month. What should you know before you shop for a hearing aid? PC Magazine reporter Emily Dreibelbis brings us more.  

More restaurants are cooking with cannabis. Why?

Using cannabis in cuisine is a growing trend in the restaurant world. Is it a gimmick, or is there a compelling culinary reason to use marijuana or its derivatives in a dish? Joining us is Bao Ong, restaurant columnist for the Houston Chronicle.  

The fight to save ‘the cutoff’

In Texas, public spaces for outdoor recreation have become scarcer over time. More than 90% of the land in the state is privately owned. Areas where people can go to hunt and fish free of charge are cherished assets – which is why when a spot like this in east Texas called the Cutoff was closed to the public, locals fought back. The Texas Standard’s Michael Marks has the story. 

A Politifact check-in

Gov. Greg Abbott said it has already been ruled unconstitutional to raise the age to purchase an semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21-years-old. But is that a fact? Joining us now is Nusaiba Mizan for PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman. 

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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