Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Check back later today for updated story links and audio.
It’s been more than five months since a gunman entered Robb Elementary School and killed 19 kids and two teachers, injuring many more – but the Texas Department of Public Safety still hasn’t delivered a final report on the police response. As The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports, calls for the head of DPS to resign are growing louder.
A false narrative about “grooming” keeps popping up in Texas elections, and in the political process nationwide. The word’s true definition describes the manipulation process a sexual abuser uses to coerce young victims. But some on the right use the word to falsely equate LGBTQ people with abusers. KERA’s Miranda Suarez has more.
A deadly coral disease has decimated coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean. Now, scientists fear it may have made its way to a protected marine area off the coast of Galveston. Houston Public Media’s Katie Watkins looks at what researchers are doing to protect these coral species for the future.
Early voting is now underway, and in Bexar County the race for county judge has taken an ugly turn. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies reports a racist slur against Asian Americans has taken center stage.
Austin FC plays Sunday for a spot in the Major League Soccer Cup Final, traveling to Los Angeles to face LA FC. KUT’s Jimmy Maas checks in with some fans to try to make sense of the team’s amazing season.
“The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” For generations of Texans, those words from singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen almost felt like a promise – even if it was too good to be true. So it feels bittersweet as Keen’s touring career concludes. But does the party have to end? We’ll ask the legendary Texas singer in an extended interview 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, including the first GOP call for DPS’ director to resign, Rep. Mayra Flores’ Hispanic Congressional Caucus controversy, and “dark money” groups’ disturbing ads against Gov. Greg Abbott.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.