Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Friday, October 2, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. We’ll have full posts for each story, including audio, a little later today.
Abbott Proclamation on Mail-In Ballot Dropoff Location
Harris and Travis counties are fighting Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting drop-off sites for mail-in ballots to just one per county. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir talks to the Standard about why more are needed this year.
Trump and COVID in D.C.
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early Friday morning that both he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. Todd Gillman, Washington bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News talks to the Standard about the latest news coming out of the White House.
UT Austin COVID Response
College students are back on campus, even as most of their classes are online. And school leaders are struggling to send a unified message about how to handle COVID-19. Texas Public Radio’s Dominic Anthony Walsh reports from the University of Texas at Austin, where the administration’s communication to students is at odds with the school’s own actions.
Melamed on Chronic Coronavirus
Doctors are getting a better idea of how COVID-19 affects some people in the months after they’ve gotten sick. For thousands of people, it’s become a chronic condition known as “post-COVID syndrome.” Dr. Esther Melamed, an assistant neurology professor at UT-Austin’s Dell Medical School talks to the Standard about the condition.
Sounds of Texas: Shahd Salhab on No School COVID
Pecan Production and Market
We are in the thick of harvest time for Texas pecans. Those pecan growers who haven’t already started shaking the trees will begin to do so shortly. It looks like a pretty good year for pecans, from a yield standpoint, anyway. Whether this year’s nuts will get bought up is a different question. Catherine Clark, managing editor of Pecan South magazine joins the Standard.
The Week in Texas Politics with The Texas Tribune
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.