Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, Feb. 13, 2023:
What’s happening this week in the Texas Legislature
In the Texas Senate, low-numbered bills (1-30) are set aside for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priority issues. While Patrick hasn’t unveiled his full slate of priority bills yet, he’s expected to do so soon. We’ll take a look ahead with Texas Newsroom state politics reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán.
Texas public schools face declining enrollment
After 20 years of growth, Texas public schools expect a decline in enrollment over the next decade, due to decreasing birth rates. Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News state government and politics reporter Edward McKinley has more.
Texas treatment center accused of sex trafficking youth reopens
A girls’ treatment center at the center of sexual exploitation allegations last year reopened over the weekend. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive has more details on Bastrop-based The Refuge:
What happened during the Southwest Airlines meltdown?
Southwest Airlines’ reputation took a nosedive in December, when it canceled over 15,000 flights and stranded over 2 million passengers. Last week, company executives appeared on Capitol Hill to explain what happened. Dallas Morning News aviation reporter Kyle Arnold shares the details.
Will Texas move to ban Chinese purchases of state land?
Could U.S.-China tensions affect who buys the house next door, or the ranch down the way? We’re taking a closer look at proposals to ban Chinese property purchases in Texas with David Goodman, Houston bureau chief for the New York Times.
A Galentine’s Day story of friendship
It’s the day before Valentine’s Day. And for some people, it’s an even bigger holiday. On Galentine’s Day, women celebrate the female friendships in their lives. KUT Austin’s Marisa Charpentier shares the story of two Austin women and their decades-long friendship.
Remembering Innocence Project of Texas co-founder Jeff Blackburn
An outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform has died. Attorney Jeff Blackburn, best known for exposing corrupt police work in the infamous Tulia drug bust, later co–founded the Innocence Project of Texas, which has freed 27 wrongfully convicted people. Innocence Project founding board member Gary Udashen discusses Blackburn’s legacy.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.