Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022:
Despite its outdated title, the Railroad Commission may be one of the most consequential climate-related offices in the country – and one of the most important for issues like energy and the power grid. KUT Austin’s Mose Buchele has more on the race between Democrat Luke Warford and Republican incumbent Wayne Christian for a seat on the commission.
About 3 million Texans live in rural areas of the state, and the voters there are getting a lot of attention this year. To hear about how politicians are courting the state’s rural residents ahead of Election Day on Nov 8, we turn to Texas Tech Public Media’s Sarah Self-Walbrick and Texas Public Radio’s Jerry Clayton.
Impasse continues between American Airlines and pilots’ union
Union leaders with the Allied Pilots Association have rejected a tentative deal with Fort Worth-based American Airlines. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports it’s the latest rejection by a union of a deal from a major airline:
The 1954 Johnson Amendment – named for then-Texas Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson – is a provision in the tax code that prohibits nonprofits from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Violations could lead to the loss of tax-exempt status. But the Texas Tribune and Pro Publica found it hasn’t stopped many church leaders from politicking. Investigative reporter Jeremy Schwartz joins us with more.
If you have Amazon Prime, your subscription includes access to some 2 million songs through Amazon Music. But that’s about to change, as the service opens the full 100 million-song library, for free, to Prime members. As prices for all kinds of online subscriptions rise, what’s behind Amazon’s move? Omar Gallaga is here to give us the scoop.
Describing motherhood as a challenge doesn’t suffice. But imagine being undocumented too, and in need of health care. Elizabeth Farfán-Santos shines a light on this and more in her new book “Undocumented Motherhood: Conversations on Love, Trauma, and Border Crossing.” The author and University of Houston professor joins us today.
Texas state House District 70 used to be a Republican seat in McKinney. Now, the district covers fast growing parts of Plano, Allen and Richardson. Caroline Love of KERA says both Democrats and Republicans believe the seat is theirs for the taking.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.