Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Monday, October 26, 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.
Kocherga on COVID Cases Spike
El Paso is struggling with contact tracing – a crucial tracking tool that can help slow the spread of COVID-19 – as it experiences one of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. In recent weeks, the number of people notified within 48 hours that they were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 plummeted from 88 percent on Oct. 1 to 30 percent on Oct. 24, the day health officials announced a record 1,216 El Pasoans tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Angela Kocherga, news director for KTEP in El Paso and reporter for El Paso Matters, talks to the Standard.
Tarrant County Sheriff’s Race
Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, a Republican, is running for his second four-year term. His Democratic challenger, Fort Worth police captain Vance Keyes, is a 20-year veteran of the department. The sheriff’s main job is running the county jail, but as KERA’s Miranda Suarez reports, Keyes has been critical of Waybourn’s controversial partnership with the federal government when it comes to immigration enforcement. .
Kerrville Mask Debate
As COVID-19 spreads in rural communities across Texas, residents are split on the right balance between personal liberty and social responsibility. Texas Public Radio’s Dominic Anthony Walsh takes us to Kerr County, where a mask mandate is back in place after cases rose.
Hydrogen and Renewable Diesel
Horror Anthology Castlebridge Media
Remembering Jerry Jeff Walker
The Asylum Trap, part 5
For the past week, we’ve been hearing from asylum-seekers who are stuck in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, as part of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy – formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP. Their asylum proceedings are on hold, because of COVID-19. But even if court were to start back up tomorrow, it’s really hard to be granted asylum. In the final part of our series “The Asylum Trap,” KERA’s Mallory Falk looks at what that could mean for thousands of people stuck on the border…including one couple with an unexpected love story.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Michael Marks with the talk of Texas.