Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Friday, October 23, 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.
New COVID Projections
A UT report says El Paso is about to run out of intensive care beds because of the soaring rate of coronavirus cases there. The Standard talks to Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of integrative biology at UT-Austin. She leads the UT-Austin COVID-19 Modeling Consortium which put together the report.
Waco COVID Testing
The city of Waco has ramped up access to free coronavirus testing following a spike in hospitalizations. Waco Public Radio’s Sam Cedar has more.
El Paso COVID-19 Crisis
El Paso officials are issuing dire COVID-19 predictions. The city set a daily record of coronavirus cases with more than 1,160 new cases announced on Thursday. In the last three weeks the city has seen 10,000 cases. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports there’s concern about the need for more effective contact tracing.
Latino Voter Case Study
Chuck Rocha knows a lot about how to reach Latino voters. The native Texan served as senior campaign advisor for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential race and helped gain Sanders an unexpected amount of Latino support. Rocha shares that experience in his new book called “Tio Bernie: The Inside Story of How Bernie Sanders Brought Latinos Into the Political Revolution.” KERA’s Alejandra Martinez asked Rocha – and other experts – about what they’d recommend future political campaigns do to attract Latino voters.
There were fewer interruptions and more talk about the issues on voters’ minds at the Thursday night’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The 19th’s Editor At Large, Errin Haines talks about the major takeaways with Standard.
Anne Rapp on Horton Foote
The Asylum Trap, part 4
This week, we’re talking to asylum seekers stuck in legal limbo under the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP, the Trump administration policy requires people to wait out their asylum proceedings in Mexico. Previously, asylum seekers could pursue their cases inside the U.S. The pandemic has closed immigration courts indefinitely and asylum seekers are getting desperate. KERA’s Mallory Falk reports in her series “The Asylum Trap” how a father is grappling with sending his children alone over the border.
This Week in Politics with The Texas Tribune
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.