Here are the stories for Texas Standard for Thursday, June 9, 2022:
Child survivors testify before Congress about the Uvalde massacre
Will Congress will take action on guns? Is it possible for Republicans to work with Democrats on any changes? Joseph Morton, a congressional reporter for The Dallas Morning News, covered Wednesday’s House hearings on the Uvalde shooting, which included testimony from child survivors. He joins us today.
Jessica Cisneros, Ruben Ramirez demand recounts in two close-call South Texas runoff races
Recounts are coming in two congressional primary runoffs, in races where South Texas Democrats trail their opponents by extremely small margins. Patrick Svitek, reporter for The Texas Tribune, is following the story and joins us today.
New Texas gun restrictions are unlikely in the wake of Uvalde. Here’s why.
While Capitol Hill considers gun safety laws, how likely is it that Texas might move to tighten theirs? Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider contacted more than a dozen Republican lawmakers, and finds the prospect highly unlikely.
Ken Paxton cozies up to Elon Musk with new Twitter investigation
Earlier this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waded into the conflict between Elon Musk and Twitter. Musk claimed he wanted to buy Twitter, but is attempting to back out of the terms of the deal by citing a large number of fake accounts on the platform. Now, Paxton says he’s taking a look, too. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga weighs in with more.
‘Childcare deserts’ are leaving poorer Texans behind
Access to high-quality, affordable child care in Texas is becoming more scarce. That’s according to new data from Children at Risk, a nonprofit dedicated to research into child poverty and inequity in Texas. President and CEO Bob Sanborn joins us to tell us about this latest research.
How a transgender man embraced his pregnancy and the meaning of fatherhood
When Wyley Simpson and Stephan Gaeth first met online, they felt an immediate connection. Bonding over their mutual love of sustainability, the couple from San Antonio soon grew very close. But Simpson says they immediately grew much closer when they found out Simpson – a transgender man – was pregnant.
For some military veterans in Uvalde, the school shooting has rekindled memories of the battlefield
Among the many people dealing with the trauma of the recent shooting in Uvalde are military veterans. For some, the violence in an elementary school has rekindled memories they’ve been trying to leave behind. Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame visited Uvalde for the American Homefront Project.
Jan. 6 hearings get ready for prime time
Tonight, most major TV networks, cable news stations and NPR will broadcast live from Capitol Hill as hearings begin on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. For more on the hearings, how they’re being presented and what we can expect, we’re joined by Richard Pineda, director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.