Texas Standard For November 11, 2020

It is perhaps fittingly called the case of California versus Texas. At issue: whether the Affordable Care Act will survive. We’ll take a closer look at likely outcomes. At stake in a closely-watched case heard Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court: something much bigger than politics, namely health insurance for more than 20 million Americans, protections from denial of coverage due to preexisting conditions and more. How convincing was Texas’ legal case against it? And: A woman in Houston set to make space history with the next moonshot. Also: Are you ready for some football? Texas voters seem to be having second thoughts. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

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By Texas StandardNovember 11, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Wednesday, November 11, 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.

ACA Arguments

Oral arguments were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this week on the latest challenges to the Affordable Care Act filed by the Trump Administration. While the justices have yet to rule, the back-and-forth between attorneys and the justices seemed to indicate that the ACA may stand up again to challenge. Rocky Rhodes, a professor of law at South Texas College of Law in Houston, talks to the Standard.

COVID-19 Rate in Texas Prisons is Highest in the Nation

More people confined or working in Texas jails and prisons have contracted or died from COVID-19 than in any other state, according to a report out of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The report was produced as part of the COVID, Corrections, and Oversight Project. Michele Deitch is the project’s director and also a distinguished senior lecturer with the LBJ School.

Five Reasons for GOP Victory in North Texas

Republicans retained control of state government in last week’s election. The party’s victory included a strong showing among North Texas state House candidates. KERA’s Bret Jaspers has five reasons for the sound win.

Stadium Bond Trends

Texans love high school football stadiums. Bond elections have supported expensive stadiums in recent years. A $70 million facility in Katy, one for $60 million in Allen and a $48 million stadium in Prosper, are just a few. But if Tuesday’s election is any indication, Texans may be a little more reluctant to shell out major cash for a stadium. Jacob Carpenter, education reporter for the Houston Chronicle talks to the Standard.

NASA Orion Program

Just as the name “Apollo” became synonymous with NASA’s moon landing half a century ago, the name “Orion” will become synonymous with another first: the first women on the moon. NASA’s Catherine Koerner is head of the Orion program and talks to the Texas Standard.

The Sounds of Texas: My Grandpa’s War

Teaching In-Person and Remote Learners

With schools across the state now open to in-person instruction, many Texas teachers are simultaneously teaching students in the classroom and at home. Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips tells us the added workload is putting an additional strain on teachers. She takes us to a district in San Antonio where all but a handful of teachers have both in-person and remote students.


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

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