Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023:
Previewing Greg Abbott’s State of the State address
Gov. Greg Abbott will address Texans from the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce tonight, for his fifth State of the State address. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley political science professor Natasha Ernst Altema shares what we can expect:
What we know about the shooting at an El Paso mall
One person is dead and three people have been injured after a shooting inside El Paso’s Cielo Vista Mall. The Texas Newsroom’s Julián Aguilar has more on this developing story.
Will Texas hire more school counselors?
The state’s Mental Health Task Force says hiring more school counselors is a top priority this legislative session. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst says most Texas schools don’t meet the recommendation of one counselor per 350 students:
Kids in special education are routinely restrained. Texas lawmakers could change that
Across Texas, students in special education are often restrained by school staffers. While that’s only supposed to happen during emergencies, parents say restraints are often used as routine discipline. Houston Public Media’s Dominic Anthony Walsh reports advocates and some lawmakers want to crack down on that.
New proposals wall Bitcoin further off from traditional finance
Cryptocurrency was famously touted as an alternative to the traditional financial system. So why are plans to wall it off from the banking system drawing such pushback? Our tech expert Omar Gallaga has more on the latest regulatory push against Bitcoin and other cryptocoins.
The El Paso-area chef fusing Mexican and Japanese cuisine
El Charlatan chef Enrique Lozano is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in Texas award. We’ll hear from Lozano about the accolade and his unique fusion of Japanese and Mexican cuisine.
Pork ribs have always been second fiddle to beef in Texas barbecue, but savory pork ribs (of the unsweetened, non-glazed variety) are a downright endangered species. Nonetheless, Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn smokes out a spot or two that still serves them. We’ll hear from him today.
Famed San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño dies at 76
Painter, tile muralist and iconic San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño has died. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan has this look back at his life.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.