Texas Standard For December 14, 2020

A big red letter day for Texas as the first COVID-19 vaccines roll into the Lone Star State. Where the vaccines are going and what happens next. Four health care centers in Texas today set to receive the first batches of Pfizer’s just-approved two-dose vaccine. How to find out who’s on top of the vaccination list and the latest on distribution.And: He’s not green lighting a political career just yet, but he’s not ruling one out either. Actor and author Matthew McConaughey on the search for a middle ground. Also: Reflections on the groundbreaking musical path of the great Charley Pride. All this and more on today’s Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardDecember 14, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Monday, December 14, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. We’ll have full posts for each story, including audio, a little later today.

Texas Vaccine Distribution Plan

Now that a COVID vaccine has been approved, what’s the plan to distribute it in Texas? Imelda Garcia, chair of the state’s COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel and associate commissioner for Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services, talks to the Standard.

Hot Energy Market

Many Texans woke up to temps in the mid-to-upper thirties this morning. But even as the mercury is dropping, the energy industry appears to be heating up somewhat after a devastating year. Matt Smith, director of commodity research for ClipperData, talks to the Standard.

Charley Pride Obituary

Country singer Charley Pride – who recorded dozens of number one hits – died over the weekend in Dallas of complications from COVID-19. He was 86. As KERA’s Alejandra Martinez reports, he spent much of his career based in Texas.

The Cartel Project

In the past 20 years, 119 journalists have been killed in Mexico, making that country the most dangerous in the world for reporters. A new project put together by 60 journalists from 25 international media outlets details their deaths and the work that got them killed. It’s called “The Cartel Project” and the collaboration was coordinated by the Paris-based group called Forbidden Stories. Laurent Richard, the founder of that network, joins the Standard. 

Matthew McConaughey’s book, “Greenlights”

Matthew McConaughey is an Oscar-winning actor. He’s worked hard to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood – but at the same time, he’s all Texas. He grew up in Uvalde and Longview and is a UT graduate. McConaughey joins the Standard to talk about his first book, called “Greenlights.”

Lubbock and Rural Hospitals

Lubbock area hospitals have been running out of beds since the end of November as COVID-19 cases climb. It’s had a ripple effect beyond that city.  From Texas Tech public Media, Kaysie Ellingson talked with medical staff in Lubbock and a rural hospital that’s been hit hard.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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