Texas Standard for March 30, 2023: What Medicaid coverage ending for millions of Texans means

A pandemic-era rule that gave nearly 3 million Texans consistent access to health insurance via Medicaid is expiring at the end of this month.

By Texas StandardMarch 30, 2023 9:20 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, March 30, 2023:

Are homicide charges possible in Juárez’s migrant detention center fire?

A fire at a migrant detention center in Ciudad Juárez on Monday killed at least 40 people. Yesterday, attorneys for Mexico’s federal government announced that they were investigating the fire as a homicide, with several suspects under investigation. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga has more details:

Medicaid coverage is ending for millions of Texans

A pandemic-era rule that gave nearly 3 million Texans consistent access to health insurance via Medicaid is expiring at the end of this month. For more what that means, we’ll talk to Baylor University School of Law professor Pat Souter.

The team working to restore Corpus Christi’s very first movie house

Historic buildings in many cities across Texas have gone into disrepair. Many are in once-bustling downtowns that become less central to everyday use – and eventually, rundown. KEDT’s Cathy Edwards reports a group in Corpus Christi is trying to change that by restoring the city’s first movie theater.

Deepfake AI images are getting better and better

Donald Trump in handcuffs? The pope in a luxurious puffy jacket? Neither of these images were real – they were generated by AI apps. But the photorealistic pics fooled many and confused many more. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga joins us to talk about these misleading images.

How did a cartel attack impact border tourism?

It’s been nearly a month since two U.S. citizens were killed by cartel members in Matamoros, Mexico, just across from Brownsville. But for many who cross the border daily, things are already back to normal. Texas Public Radio’s Gaige Davila reports from Nuevo Progreso:

Taylor Swift fans in Texas are ready for the Eras Tour

Taylor Swift hasn’t toured since 2018, and in the five years since then she’s released four LPs and re-recorded several older albums. So it’s hard to overstate how big of a deal this tour is for her fans. Six of Swift’s first dozen or so shows are in Texas: three in Arlington this weekend, and three in Houston in late April. The Texas Standard’s Sarah Asch reports.

Austin ISD turning campuses into housing and childcare for teachers

Austin ISD is repurposing two of its campuses: one into a housing facility, and the other into a childcare center. The move is an effort to attract and retain Austin teachers and staff with affordable housing. Keri Heath, Austin American-Statesman education reporter, joins us with the details.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.

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