Texas Standard for September 22, 2022

A priority, she says, is doing something about the disappearance of rural hospitals. So why does she want to be Texas’ next agriculture commissioner? Today, we meet Susan Hays, the Democrat trying to unseat the incumbent Republican. And: They used to be considered inexpensive, modest, though iconic structures. Why adobe homes in Marfa and other parts of West Texas are at the center of a political fight. Also: A retail store in Frisco inspires a countdown and lines to get in on opening day. Any guesses what the name of that store might be, fellow Texans? Those stories and much more coming up today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardSeptember 22, 2022 9:38 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, September 22, 2022.

The lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis 

New developments at the top of the show.  

Susan Hays’ vision for the Texas agriculture commissioner’s office 

Susan Hays is a native Texan, an attorney, and the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner this fall. We’ll hear from her in this Q&A today.   

The Texas communities benefiting from rural high-speed internet

The Biden administration will spend more than $65 million to build out rural high-speed internet in Texas. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider says Texas will be one of 20 states to benefit from the investment under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

The battle brewing over adobe houses in Marfa

In Marfa, the taxing district’s decision to value adobe homes more highly than other residences has sparked pushback and protest. Texas Monthly writer Sterry Butcher has more.   

What’s behind the recent leaks of high-profile video games?

Nearly 100 leaked video clips from Grand Theft Auto VI, a major forthcoming release in the Rockstar Games franchise, have been dumped on the web. Leaks have also hit two other upcoming games (Diablo IV and Assassin’s Creed Mirage). Why is this happening now, and what could it mean for the video game industry? Our tech expert Omar Gallaga is here to help us play through.   

Carmen Tafolla goes public with her love of art and artists

There’s a gathering in downtown San Antonio on Friday that’s honoring those whose artwork is everywhere, but who labor in relative obscurity. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan explains. 

Indigenous tribe renews years-long fight to reclaim human remains from UT

For the past six years, the Miakan-Garza Band, a Coahuiltecan Tribe in San Marcos, has been petitioning the University of Texas to return human remains to them for reburial. Two years ago, UT President Jay Hartzell promised the Miakan-Garza he’d jumpstart the process to get them the remains. The promise, they say, remains unfulfilled. KUT’s Riane Roldan reports they’re renewing their fight 

H-E-B blasts into North Texas

The Metroplex’s first H-E-B opened in Frisco yesterday, to huge crowds and massive fanfare. What does the grocer’s entry into the North Texas market mean? Dallas Morning News reporter Maria Halkias was there.  

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

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