Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, Oct. 10, 2022:
Resignations, suspensions rock Uvalde school district
At the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District meeting tonight, longtime superintendent Hal Harrell is expected to discuss his retirement. The anticipated announcement comes after parents of children slain in the Robb Elementary shooting have protested and demanded accountability from the district. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies reports.
Police sworn to protect Uvalde students scrutinized after shooting
The Uvalde CISD has fired a school police officer after learning she was not only present at Robb Elementary during the shooting in May, but under investigation for her actions on the day of the massacre. Joining the Texas Standard is Shimon Prokupecz, the CNN reporter who broke the news.
The Texas brand working with Target to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
A “lifestyle brand for the Latina queens,” JZD specializes in empowering apparel and accessories. And this 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.
What do the OPEC cuts mean for the U.S.?
Despite overtures from the Biden administration to increase oil production, the OPEC cartel has announced it will actually cut its output. What does it mean for the U.S. and Texas? Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas at Kpler, offers his perspective.
How a small Texas government’s arranged massive tax breaks for builders
“In 2019, Texas lawmakers granted a small group of Central Texas businessmen permission to form their own government to develop agricultural land near the Austin airport,” Eric Dexheimer writes for the Houston Chronicle. But instead of keeping to that narrow focus, the group is “using its status as a public agency to quietly arrange tens of millions of dollars’ worth of property tax breaks for private developers across the state.” Dexheimer joins us with the story.
Rethinking masculinity for a more equitable world
For most of human history, men have been in charge. The challenges women face aren’t exactly breaking news – but in recent decades, the issue of gender inequality has also gotten a lot more complicated. Richard Reeves, senior fellow with The Brookings Institute, tackles some of these issues in a new book called “Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, And What To Do About It.” We’ll hear from him today.
What life is like for trans youth in Texas after Abbott’s calls to investigate gender-affirming care
It’s been eight months since Gov. Greg Abbott directed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate the families of trans youth for providing gender-affirming care. Since then, some have left the state, and the ones that stayed have weathered anxiety and legal twists and turns. KERA’s Elena Rivera reports.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.