Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Check back later today for updated story links and audio.
Educators respond to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary
After the mass shooting in Uvalde, state leaders have discussed “hardening” public schools, arming teachers, and even limiting a school’s number of doors. But some Texas public school teachers – already stretched thin by the pandemic – say they chose their profession to teach, not to police, and shouldn’t bear the massive responsibility of preventing more mass shootings. Ovidia Molina, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, joins us with more.
Greg Abbott says he wants to help Texans’ mental health. But he’s taken more than $200 million away in funding.
Gov. Greg Abbott has continued to call for mental health services across Texas in response to the Uvalde mass shooting, despite also saying the killer had “no known mental-health history.” But Abbott has taken over $200 million from the state’s health department in the past two years to help fund Texas’ border mission. It’s one aspect of the state’s struggles over decades to adequately address its citizens’ mental health needs. Mike Hixenbaugh, senior investigative reporter for NBC News, joins us with more.
New clues have been unearthed in the hunt for the Battle of Medina
Just south of San Antonio, searchers have found artifacts that may be related to the 1813 Battle of Medina. Texas Public Radio’s Jerry Clayton has more.
W.F. Strong remembers the victims of Uvalde
Our Stories From Texas commentator offers more.
Don’t touch that dial: The ATX Television Festival is back and in-person
The ATX Television Festival returns in-person this week for its 11th season after going virtual during the pandemic. Fest co-founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson have joined us in the past to share their favorite TV recommendations, but right now they’re pretty consumed with their festival. Today, they talk about some festival events they’re most excited about.
A fact-check of Uvalde claims
In the wake of the Uvalde shooting, we’ve seen multiple claims from politicians and pundits. But what’s true and what’s false? Nusiaba Mizan has been looking into Uvalde-related claims with PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman:
– ICE is not carrying out immigration enforcement in Uvalde after school shooting
– Gunman in Uvalde shooting was not an immigrant illegally in the country
– Research: Armed campus police do not prevent school shootings
– Joe Biden said mass shootings tripled when the assault weapon ban ended. They did
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.