Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, May 11, 2023.
Title 42 expires as border braces for migrants’ mass arrival
The Biden administration has ended Title 42, which allowed the expedited deportation of people crossing the border without authorization. Officials fear another vast arrival of migrants will strain local resources even further. Rescue Mission El Paso’s Blake Barrow shares what it’s like at the border.
All the ways a bill can die at the Texas Legislature
Time is ticking for the Texas Legislature, which gavels out in just over two weeks. This session, lawmakers filed some 10,000 bills and resolutions. The Texas Newsroom’s Aurora Berry reports that as the clock winds down, many of those bills will start dropping like flies.
Inside Google’s AI-heavy product launch
It’s Big Tech’s launch season. In the next few weeks, Microsoft and Apple will preview their biggest products this year. Google kicked things off yesterday with demos of its latest gadgets and services – including a big dollop of AI. Tech expert Omar Gallaga joins us with more.
Courts grapple with fetal personhood after Roe v. Wade’s overturn
With the repeal of Roe v. Wade, states that have sharply limited or banned abortion are grappling with a big question: where do fetuses’ rights begin? The answer is anything but clear reports Bram Sable-Smith, midwest correspondent for KFF Health News. He joins us today.
Laura Wilson on working and raising her famous actor sons
Laura Wilson’s famous in her own right, as a celebrated photographer with work in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and GQ. But you probably know her sons better: Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson have been a part of dozens of films. Get to know Laura in this interview.
Is H-E-B’s True Texas BBQ still the king of barbecue chains?
H-E-B made waves when it began offering its True Texas BBQ in stores: honest-to-goodness barbecue smoked in-store. A few years after its debut, are they still smoking the good stuff? Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn checks in.
Tesla’s Texas lithium factory draws both praise and criticism
Elon Musk and Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at the groundbreaking for a $375 million Tesla lithium refinery Monday. The facility will package and ship battery-grade lithium hydroxide, making it the latest Musk venture drawing both praise for jobs and criticism for environmental impact. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times‘ Chase Rogers joins us with more.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.