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In a long list of unprecedented events, there’s another one. For the first time two of the three highest offices in the land will be held by women. Women make better leaders in a time of crisis, so says the Harvard Business Review. We’ll tell you why. And: How are teachers taking current events and turning them into teachable moments? Also: How Texas tech companies are pulling their dollars away from politicians. Plus: What’s going on with the COVID-19 vaccine? Stay tuned, it’s Texas Standard time:

By Texas StandardJanuary 14, 2021 9:25 am

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Texans and Impeachment

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. It’s the only time that’s occurred in American history. While some Republicans cast a vote to impeach, none were from Texas. Abby Livingston, Washington bureau chief for The Texas Tribune takes us through the historic day and discusses what happens next. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Texas

Is there a method to the madness that is the Texas COVID-19 vaccine rollout? Jay Root, an investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle talks to the Standard about the haphazard rollout and what’s being done now.

Migrant Kidnapping

In the past six weeks, Houston police have made three high-profile smuggling busts. One made national headlines when 29 Latin American migrants were rescued from a stash house in southwest Houston. The group had been held hostage in their underwear. Media reports applauded the bust – but the victims found themselves with very different fates. Houston Public Media’s Elizabeth Trovall has more.

Tech Cutting Political Donations

The fallout from last week’s storming of the Capitol and the refusal to certify election results by 147 Republican members of Congress now includes a loss of campaign money. Some big businesses, long supporters of Republicans (and Democrats too) say they will pause donations to politicians who voted against certifying the electoral college vote. Tech expert Omar Gallaga says tech companies are among those pulling back their donations.

Loneliness Study

The Dell Medical School at UT Austin has been testing out a program that could help combat the health effects of loneliness and isolation, particularly among older people. KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports, public health officials say loneliness has become a growing public health concern that has become more urgent during the pandemic.

Alamodome Vaccination Mega Site

San Antonio kicked off a COVID-19 vaccination campaign at the Alamodome this week. and Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios toured the operation to learn more about the plans San Antonio Metro Health has for the next several months.

Insurrection as a Teachable Moment

What are we supposed to do when we are witnesses to history? Wednesday, we witnessed an American. president being impeached for the second time. And a week ago, we witnessed the insurrection at the U.S.Capitol? Reporters document the story as best as they can. But teachers do something else – they use recent history as a teachable moment. This is how three Texas educators addressed their classes after last week’s in

Women Leaders’ Study

On Jan. 20, two of the three highest offices in the land will be held by women. There’s new research that has found women to be better leaders in times of crisis. Jack Zenger, one of the authors of this  research published in the Harvard Business Review 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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