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.
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.
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.