Texas Standard For December 9, 2020

“Deeply dysfunctional.” Part of the findings of an investigation of Fort Hood. We’ll look at actions taken, and what’s left undone. And: Learning during the pandemic. It’s been among the major challenges. So should it be business as usual when it comes to standardized tests? Also: Back to the ballot box. Some Texans are voting again. What the particularly contentious contest could tell us about the Texas Republican Party. Plus: As the new Texas legislative session nears, we’ll examine a lawmaker’s claim on medical marijuana. And we’ll introduce you to the spider who saved Christmas.

By Texas StandardDecember 9, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Wednesday, December 9, 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.

 Fort Hood Investigation Results 

An independent probe into recent deaths at Fort Hood has found that Army leadership there created an environment that allowed sexual assault, harassment and violence to go unchecked. Carson Frame, who reports on the military and veteran issues for Texas Public Radio talks to the Standard. 

Standardized Testing During the Pandemic

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Texas, one thing has remained on track this school year even before this more recent surge: standardized testing. As Houston Public Media’s Laura Isensee reports, some want the state to cancel the exams.

Oil in Texas is in Trouble

There’s an oil supply glut, an international price war, thanks to a cratering of demand because of COVID-19. Lower prices are good for drivers. But not so much for the tens of thousands of people in West Texas who work in the oil industry. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive (like “have”) reports how the current bust will affect communities across the region for years.

Shingle Mountain part 1

In the heart of southeast Dallas a huge pile of toxic waste looms over the community. It’s known as Shingle Mountain. After close to a three-year fight to get rid of it, the city of Dallas hired a company to haul it away. That process can legally start as early as this week. As part of KERA’s “One Crisis Away” project, Alejandra Martinez will chronicle how Shingle Mountain came to be. 

Senate District 30 Runoff

For most of Texas, election season has come and gone. But one state senate district is still in the thick of it. State Senate District 30 runs from Stephenville all the way up to Wichita Falls and Denton and there, two Republicans are squaring off in a runoff election there to replace outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon. Allie Morris, who’s been covering this race for The Dallas Morning News, talks to the Standard.

The Sounds of Texas: Raymond Arroyo on The Spider Who Saved Christmas

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Food banks around Texas have been stretched thin throughout the pandemic. In Lubbock, two residents have found creative ways to feed their neighbors. Kaysie Ellingson of Texas Tech Public Media joined Tyler Hardy on his weekly walk to feed the homeless.


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

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