Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022:
In the wake of the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, families have fought to hold the school district and law enforcement accountable. Several have also become advocates for gun control. Kimberly Rubio, mother of slain 10-year-old Lexi Rubio, joins us to discuss recent changes in the school district leadership, their ongoing activism and their new gun control nonprofit, Lives Robbed.
The State Fair of Texas is the holy grail for some food vendors, offering a unique opportunity to try out new ideas and make good money. KERA’s Pablo Arauz Peña talked to food vendors at the fairgrounds about what it takes to make it to the world-famous event.
Commentator W.F. Strong explores Texas for the Standard, often through history and lore. But he also picks up new stories from Texas. And occasionally, he recommends one – like “Yonderings: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend.”
Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative dementia, disproportionately affecting African Americans and Hispanics. But precisely how and why remains unknown. Now, researchers at the University of North Texas are looking for answers in one of the biggest Alzheimer’s studies ever undertaken. Sid O’Bryant, executive director of UNT’s Institute for Translational Research, joins us with more.
The Mexican government filed a $10 billion lawsuit against 11 American gun manufacturers last year, accusing them of marketing and selling weapons favored by organized crime and contributing to bloodshed there. On Friday, a federal judge dealt a legal blow to the case. Texas Public Radio contributor Toya Sarno Jordan reports it came after weeks of gun violence from armed groups in several Mexican states.
U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas said Venezuela is sending prisoners, including violent criminals, to the U.S. southern border – and that the Department of Homeland Security confirmed this. Is that a fact? Joining us to review this fact-check is PolitiFact Texas reporter Nusiaba Mizan, based at the Austin American-Statesman.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.