Texas Standard For January 12, 2021

The start of the 2021 Texas legislative session, minus some lawmakers who plan to skip what they call as a super-spreader event. And: As the governor announces several new hubs for the distribution of COVID vaccines, others worry about Texas’ role as a hub for vaccine misinformation. Also: Dr. Fred Campbell of UT Health San Antonio takes on more of your questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine in Texas. Plus: Disorder in the court: as cases go unresolved due to the pandemic. And fights over water: an ongoing part of the Texas story, but could the final chapter be forthcoming thanks to new research? Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJanuary 12, 2021 9:38 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Tuesday, January 12, 2021. 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.

Trump Comes to Texas

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Alamo, Texas on Tuesday to tout the construction of his border wall.

 Ask A Doctor: Your COVID Questions Answered

With just eight days until President-elect Biden is sworn into office, President Trump comes to the Texas border to tour new border wall construction. It’s the outgoing president’s first public appearance since pro-Trump rioters violently breached the Capitol building last Wednesday. With more, we’re speaking with Sandra Sanchez, s=South Texas correspondent with Nexstar Media’s Border Report.

Texas House Reps. Skip Swearing In Ceremony

Today’s opening day for the Texas Legislature. And traditionally, that means lawmakers are sworn in at a public event where friends, family, colleagues and the general public can attend. But in this pandemic year, two House members from North Texas are opting out. As KERA’s Hady Mawajdeh reports, they’re worried about what they see as a “superspreader event.”

Texas a Hub for Anti-Vaccine Misinformation

More than a third of U.S. residents said they wouldn’t take the COVID-19 vaccine . Some of that concern is fueled by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists. Texas has a long history of anti-vaccine sentiment. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive reports, the state may be a big stumbling block in vaccine adoption.

Desalination Research

Water shortages and fights over water have been part of the state’s story for as long as anyone can remember. But a new research breakthrough could provide cleaner water at a lower cost. Manish Kumar, an associate professor in UT-Austin’s department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, helped lead the research and talks to the Standard.

Bullock Museum Human Trafficking Exhibit

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently proclaimed January to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the Lone Star State. Now, an exhibit at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum aims to shed more light on this subject. It’s called “Not Alone: Working together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Margaret Koch, the director of the Bullock Museum, talks to the Standard.

Jury Trials 

A quiet crisis is emerging in Texas courtrooms. Jury trials, that opportunity to have your case heard before 12 peers are now few and far between because of the pandemic. So what’s happening to all those cases? Texas Tribune reporter Jolie McCullough talks to the Standard.

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

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