Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Wednesday, October 21, 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.
COVID in Lubbock
The number of COVID-19 cases has soared in Lubbock and health officials there say more businesses could be shut down by the governor’s office. Dr. Craig Rhyne, The chief medical officer of Covenant Health in Lubbock Texas talks to the Standard.
Latino Voters: Race and Hate Crimes
Energy Policy as an Election Issue
Energy policy and climate change may be big topics for discussion in Houston but in the race for president, not so much until this election. Both are on the agenda for this Thursday’s presidential debate. In Houston, the nation’s energy capital, many want to know how candidates will help an industry badly hurt by the coronavirus downturn. Houston Public Media energy reporter Kyra Buckley tells us more about energy policy in the 2020 election.
The Asylum Trap, part 2
Thousands of people who have applied for asylum in the United States are forced by the Trump administration to wait for their hearing in Mexico. Then came the coronavirus which has delayed those cases. KERA’s Mallory Falk talk to those waiting as part of her series “The Asylum Trap.”
Rep. Sylvia Garcia on Medical Procedures in ICE Facilities
This fall, Georgia nurse Dawn Wooten filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that details how a doctor at the Irwin County Detention Center performed unnecessary hysterectomies on immigrant women being held there. U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston is among a group of representatives demanding an investigation into the matter. Congresswoman Garcia joins the Standard.
Voters are seeking as little human contact as possible for this election in the middle of a pandemic. As part of our statewide series “Texas Decides,” KERA’s Bill Zeeble looks into a low-contact method that’s getting less publicity than mail-in ballots. It’s known as curbside voting.
W.F Strong: The Queen’s Royal Welcome to Texas
PolitiFact on Vicente Gonzalez Speech
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.