Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Check back later today for updated story links and audio.
Title 42 has expired. How are migrants processed at the border now?
Title 42 was a pandemic-era provision that allowed the government to expel migrants faster than usual. With Title 42 over, how is its replacement – Title 8 – different? Immigration attorney and migrant advocate Jonathan Ryan joins us with more.
Did a hospital gut its adolescent clinic over worries about gender-affirming care?
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation into whether gender-affirming care procedures were “unlawfully performed on minor children” at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. Now all the doctors staffing its adolescent medicine clinic are leaving. Are the two connected? Austin American-Statesman reporter Nicole Villalpando joins us with the story.
‘Death Star’ bill destroying local regulations nears passage in the Legislature
The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would dramatically limit the self-government powers of cities and counties. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider says the bill is expected to pass its third and final reading today:
How the ‘We Buy Ugly Houses’ company preyed on desperate and elderly sellers
Chances are you’ve seen the billboards: “We Buy Ugly Houses.” So had the folks at ProPublica. By following lawsuits and paper trails, it found that the buyers behind the signs (HomeVestors of America) had taken advantage of elderly homeowners. ProPublica reporter Byard Duncan joins us with the story.
Uvalde parents speak about the children they lost
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, we’re highlighting the voices of the families who lost their young children that day in Uvalde. Nikki and Brett Cross talked with Texas State journalism student Elissa Jorgensen about their son Uziyah Garcia.
What’s the ‘shadow docket,’ and why is it bad for the country?
With the Supreme Court in the headlines, maybe you’ve heard of the “shadow docket:” the practice of issuing orders without hearing full arguments or publicly explaining the decision. UT-Austin School of Law professor Stephen Vladeck joins us to discuss his new book “The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic.”
The Navy beefs up mental health care for sailors dealing with ‘rude awakening’ of military life
The Navy is opening mental health clinics close to the ships and piers where sailors serve. It’s part of an effort to prevent suicides and address other mental health challenges, such as dealing with stress and adjusting to military life. Andrew Dyer reports for the American Homefront Project.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.