Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.
The latest on Texas’ winter storm
Millions of Texans are under winter weather alerts as a storm system brings precipitation, icing and bitter cold. Victor Murphy, climate service program manager for the National Weather Service southern region, offers an update.
Yes, property taxes affect renters, too
Early budget proposals from the Texas House and Senate have set aside $15 billion dollars to help homeowners with tax bills. But, of course, not everybody in the Lone Star State owns property. So, how exactly do property taxes affect millions of Texas renters? The Texas Standard’s Sean Saldana reports.
The egg crackdown at the Mexican border
Whether it’s toilet paper during the pandemic, cheaper gasoline or, most recently, eggs, when goods get scarce or expensive in the U.S., many people cross the border to shop in Mexico. But bringing eggs into the U.S. from Mexico is illegal. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports Customs and Border Protection officials have been cracking down.
Is a fully automated McDonald’s the future of restaurants?
Last month, McDonald’s opened a restaurant in Fort Worth that’s almost fully automated. Customers order via kiosks and receive food on conveyer belts, and seating is limited. Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Haddon wrote about McDonalds, automated restaurants and the future of the industry. She joins us today with her insights.
What Texans with disabilities want this legislative session
For Texans with disabilities, the beginning of a new legislative session is an opportunity to advance requests, ranging from better pay for attendant care to less physical restraint of disabled students in the classroom. The Texas Standard’s Shelly Brisbin has been talking with disability advocates about their wish lists for the session.
‘Waco Rising’ delves into the deadly Branch Davidian standoff
The April 19, 1993, FBI raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco was the deadliest day in FBI history, claiming 76 Davidians’ lives, including 25 children. The 30th anniversary of that event is near, but some big questions about the standoff remain. Author Kevin Cook takes several on in his new book “Waco Rising.” We’ll hear from him today.
Tyre Nichols’ death and the legacy of George Floyd
The death of Tyre Nichols – a 29-year-old Black man beaten to death by Memphis police officers – has sparked public outcry. Many are once again demanding a re-imagining of public safety in America. Texas Standard commentator Peniel Joseph says Nichols’ death reveals what has and hasn’t changed since the police murder of George Floyd in 2020.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.