Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, May 9, 2023:
Was the deadly SUV crash in Brownsville intentional?
An SUV crashed into a group of people outside a homeless shelter in Brownsville, killing eight and injuring nine on Sunday. Most of the victims were Venezuelan men. Police are investigating whether the crash was intentional or if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Texas Public Radio’s Pablo De La Rosa joins us with more.
Bryan Slaton resigns over sex with teen staffer ahead of House expulsion vote
State Rep. Bryan Slaton resigned on Monday, a day before the House was set to vote on whether to expel him from office. Slaton, a Royse City Republican, was under fire for having sex with a 19-year-old staffer, providing her with alcohol, and dissuading anyone from reporting his behavior. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán joins us with the latest.
North Texas teens say calls for ‘no more violence’ ignored as mass shootings rise
Children are increasingly victims of gun violence. Just this weekend, three children were among those shot to death at an outlet mall in Allen. Some students in North Texas are speaking out, but KERA’s Caroline Love reports that their voices are often ignored.
The LGBT+ Texas brand working with Target
A “lifestyle brand for the Latina queens,” JZD specializes in empowering apparel and accessories. And last Hispanic Heritage Month, the South Texas-based LGBTQIA+ brand inked a deal with retailer Target. Learn more in this talk with Jennifer Serrano and Veronica Vasquez.
He died working on the Gigafactory. Tesla was supposed to tell officials, but it didn’t.
Antelmo Ramirez, 57, died on the job while building the Tesla Gigafactory outside of Austin. Tesla didn’t properly notify officials about his death – and that oversight isn’t an isolated incident. The Texas Observer’s Gus Bova tells us more.
Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine is ‘Head Over Heels’ for this new musical
Kathy Valentine stays on the move despite the band’s 80s heyday. She’s authored a book, starred in a band documentary and promoted a Broadway musical featuring their music. Now, Valentine is taking on the role of musical director for an upcoming production of the musical in her hometown of Austin. She joins us today.
Has the fate of Dallas’ Gilbert-Emory neighborhood been sealed?
A partnership between a Nebraska-based investor and a West Dallas developer is raising concerns in the Gilbert Emory neighborhood, where new $600,000 townhouses are replacing the community’s modest, affordable homes. Dianne Solis reports for KERA and The Dallas Morning News.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.