Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Some bills at the Lege that haven’t gotten as much attention
This legislative session, bills on a few topics have dominated the discussion. What about the rest of them? Sherri Greenberg, professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin, talks us through a few.
New report shows the high cost of lead pipes in Texas
A new survey by the Environmental Protection Agency showed that there are still plenty of lead water pipes left in Texas – and removing them would be quite expensive. The Texas Tribune’s Erin Douglas shares more with us.
‘Be My Eyes’ app uses AI to help people with disabilities
Many folks feel uneasy about artificial intelligence and its disruptive potential. But there’s at least one use for AI that has the potential to enhance independence for people with disabilities. The Standard’s Shelly Brisbin introduces us.
18-wheelers carrying hazardous materials through DFW could become a ‘giant bomb’
Thousands of trucks carrying hazardous materials move through Dallas-Fort Worth highways every day – and on any given day, an accident could release a deadly cloud or set off a massive explosion. KERA’s Nathan Collins reports that has first responders worried.
Why catalytic converters are being stolen from cars across Texas
When you drive your personal vehicle, it creates emissions that are bad for the environment. A catalytic converter makes those emissions less harmful. Every car has one – and across Texas, they’re being stolen. The San Antonio Express-News’ Jacob Beltran joins us to share why.
These six children were killed by their adoptive parents. But Texas foster care failed them first.
In 2018, a married couple drove an SUV full of children off a cliff in California. The couple, two white women, had adopted six Black children from two families. Texas Tribune reporter Roxanna Asgarian looked into the story in a new book and she joins us today.
A Pentagon-appointed committee says easy access to guns on military bases leads to more suicides
A committee appointed by the Pentagon to study military suicides wants to make it harder for troops to buy and access personal firearms. Will the recommendation go anywhere? Andrew Dyer reports for the American Homefront Project.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.