Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023:
Texas leads the nation in population growth, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. The state, home to over 30 million people, has added half a million new residents since the summer of 2021. Jake Wegmann, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture, and Pia Orrenius, vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, join us to discuss the population boom.
The conservative think tank Heritage Foundation is facing criticism for tracking the movement of 30,000 cell phones that belong to migrants. Texas Public Radio’s Pablo De La Rosa reports.
The 88th Texas Legislature convenes at noon today. What are Texas teachers asking for, especially considering a huge budget surplus? Texas State Teachers Association president Ovidia Molina joins us to discuss the organization’s priorities.
In Odessa, two high-ranking city employees were fired after a new mayor and City Council members took office. After a judge ruled the city didn’t provide sufficient public comment on the firings, the pair got their jobs back. So on Monday, the council took up the question again. Mitch Borden, Permian Basin reporter for Marfa Public Radio, joins us to discuss the drama.
Find it harder to focus than it used to be? You’re not alone. A Kings College of London study found that 49% of respondents believed their attention span is shorter than it used to be, versus 23% who didn’t. What’s going on, and what can we do to improve our focus? Gloria Mark, author of “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity,” joins us today.
The United States has been deeply involved in the war in Ukraine, even though there’s been no significant deployment of U.S. troops. Almost daily, weapons, equipment and other supplies depart the U.S. to support the Ukrainian military and civilian authorities. Eric Schmid reports for the American Homefront Project.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.