Texas Standard for Nov. 17, 2022: Tackling hunger ahead of the holidays

Grocery bills are rising – the USDA says prices are up about 13% from last year. What does that mean for nonprofits feeding Texas’ hungry families?

By Texas StandardNovember 17, 2022 9:18 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022:

Calls for Biden to restore asylum procedures amplify after court blocks Title 42 border policy

Immigrant rights groups are putting pressure on the Biden administration to return to normal asylum polices after a federal judge struck down a pandemic-era immigration policy that allowed U.S. border agents to expel asylum seekers back to Mexico. Texas Republicans argue the decision will lead to chaos at the border. Julián Aguilar, digital breaking news reporter for the Texas Newsroom, has more. 

Behavioral crises and suicidal thoughts spike among children, according to report

New data from Texas Children’s Hospital paints a troubling picture of children’s mental health. According to hospital officials, the number of kids seeking ER care for a mental health crisis has jumped 800% since before the pandemic. Anna Bauman has been covering this story for the Houston Chronicle and joins us today.

Does Texas’ dialysis solution go far enough?

A new law to keep dialysis patients safe during an emergency comes after hundreds of dialysis centers closed during last year’s winter freeze. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst looks at whether the law does enough.

Layoffs rock the tech world

After a banner year for tech in 2021, more than 62,000 workers have lost their tech jobs in 2022, according to TechCrunch. Reasons vary, but it’s clear that these once high-flyers of the tech world, many of whom employ thousands of Texans, are struggling. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga is here to help us understand why so many tech companies are letting their workers go.

Combating canine influenza in Texas

A recent outbreak of canine influenza in North Carolina sent shudders among many pet owners. Now veterinarians say they’re concerned about a potential outbreak in central Texas, too. We’ll hear from Lori Teller with Texas A&M’s School of Veterinary Medicine about canine influenza, the symptoms, what to do and more.

How extreme temperatures are affecting a San Antonio veteran’s garden

The weather has turned cooler, but just a few months ago Texas was experiencing record-breaking heat. San Antonio gardener Clarence Prevo saw the impact of the heat and drought and shared his story with Cristela Jones as part of NPR’s Next Generation Radio project.

New Fort Worth exhibit highlights Indigenous photographers

The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth has thousands of works representing Native Americans, but very few of those works were actually made by Indigenous people. KERA’s Galilee Abdullah went to a new photography exhibit at the museum that attempts to address the disparity.

Tackling hunger ahead of the holidays

Grocery bills are rising – the USDA says prices are up about 13% from last year. What does that mean for nonprofits feeding Texas’ hungry families?  Celia Cole, the chief executive officer of Feeding Texas, the largest network of food banks in the state, joins the Standard to discuss keeping Texans fed this holiday season and taking her cause to the state Legislature. 

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

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