Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Check back later today for updated story links and audio.
What the end of pandemic restrictions means at the border
Over 1,000 migrants camped out near the Mexican border have turned themselves in at the Border Patrol’s mobile processing center in El Paso in the last few days. All have heard Title 42 – the pandemic health order used to restrict migration – is coming to an end next month. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports from Juárez:
After President Trump denied the results of the 2020 election, election denial became a powerful right-wing narrative. Many election offices were flooded with calls, record requests and threats by folks who falsely believed that the results were rigged. In most places, however, the process of casting votes this year was a fairly calm affair. Trudy Hancock, election administrator for Brazos County and president of the Texas Association of Elections Administrators, offers an Election Day debrief.
The Houston area has been deemed a severe violator of federal ozone standards. This means the state will have to take steps to reduce ozone pollution in the region. Houston Public Media’s Katie Watkins looks at what some of the solutions could look like.
The USO – that iconic support organization for service members and their families – has quietly been closing dozens of airport lounges and on-base hospitality centers. But it’s also opening others, including some in the military’s most remote locations. Jay Price reports for the American Homefront Project.
The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup tournament will kick off at 10 a.m. CT Sunday, when host nation Qatar plays Ecuador. Joining us to tell us more about what to expect is Arch Bell, Austin-based reporter for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).
Phyllis George made her commentary debut on The NFL Today in 1975, during a time when female sports broadcasters were a rarity. Her stint in sports newscasting shattered glass ceilings for women in sports television everywhere. Born in Denton, George had a long and varied career before she died in 2020. Paul Volponi and Lenny Shulman, co-authors of “Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling,” join us today.
The gang delivers another custom poem.
The week in Texas politics
Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by with a recap of the week that was.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.