Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, Jan. 23, 2023:
Lots of questions are swirling around the Supreme Court of the United States this term. Why the delay this term in issuing opinions? What’s with the inconclusive results of the Dobbs leak probe? And what are the big cases we’ll be waiting for? The University of Texas School of Law’s Steve Vladeck has more.
Lawmakers gathered for the biennial Texas legislative session are getting down to work after a traditionally slow early few weeks. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán brings us his weekly update on what to expect in the coming days in Austin.
Unlike many elected offices, there is no minimum age to run for school board in Texas. The only requirement is that you be old enough to vote when you take office. With that requirement met, a San Antonio teenager won election to his school board only months after his high school graduation. Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips has more.
The national average for a gallon of gas fell to nearly $3 in December, but prices are on the rise once again. Is this just a seasonal thing, or is there more at play? Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas at Kpler, offers his perspective.
Joe Biden is far from the first president to be confronted with big immigration issues in office. The Houston Chronicle’s Elizabeth Trovall offers a look at how past presidents have attempted to address unauthorized immigration and asylum seekers.
Only a month ago, the demolition of a historic Gulf Coast hotel seemed imminent. While destruction hasn’t been ruled out, it won’t happen this month as some had feared. The Luther Hotel in Palacios was built in 1903, and some locals are fighting to keep it around for a lot longer. The Texas Standard’s Laura Rice has the details.
The Big Thicket is a federal nature preserve spread over 113,000-plus acres in Southeast Texas. It’s full of pine forests, bayous and a wide variety of animal life. Now, a new species sighted there is causing quite a stir: the axis deer. The Texas Standard’s Michael Marks has the story.
The San Francisco 49ers put an end to the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff hopes last night. The Standard’s Sean Saldana talks about what went wrong and the ‘Boys overall season.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.