Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023:
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered random safety inspections of public schools after the deadly Uvalde mass shooting last May. Most schools passed the inspections, but about a quarter still need to make improvements, according to a new report from the Texas School Safety Center. Dallas Morning News reporter Meghan Mangrum has more.
In urban planning, height and compatibility restrictions are relatively common, usually due to environmental and neighborhood concerns. At the same time, they’re frequently frustrating for developers and affordable housing advocates. Now, a Republican senator in the Texas Legislature has filed a bill to relax them. Austin Monitor reporter Jonathan Lee has the details.
The Harris County Flood Control District was set to receive nearly $140 million under a budget proposed by Democratic county officials. But after Republican commissioners boycotted budget meetings, forcing a lower tax rate, it ended up with tens of millions less. Houston Public Media’s Katie Watkins investigates how the adopted budget will affect the county’s flood control efforts.
American history has been marked for centuries by lynchings and the murders of unarmed African-Americans. It’s a vast and violent topic that has not inspired much classical music. But Saturday, the Fort Worth Opera will present a new, classic requiem addressing the history of racial violence in America. KERA’s Jerome Weeks spoke with composer-conductor Damien Geter.
A Central Texas school is helping students learn how to manage their emotions with the help of dog therapy. KUT Austin’s Becky Fogel got to see how the golden retriever works with kids in the classroom.
Currently sitting at four volumes and over 3,000 pages, Robert Caro has spent five decades documenting the life of Lyndon Johnson. He hasn’t done this award-winning work alone: He’s had help from his wife, Ina Caro, and editor Robert Gottlieb. In publishing, the relationship between Caro and Gottlieb is legendary. Now it’s the subject of a new documentary from daughter Lizzie Gottlieb. The “Turn Every Page” director joins us today.
The gang delivers another custom poem. Get in touch with your own topic suggestions!
Political reporter James Barragán offers an update.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.