Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, Sept. 30, 2022:
Abbott, O’Rourke to face off in sole Texas gubernatorial debate
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke face off in the Rio Grande Valley tonight, in the only gubernatorial debate before Election Day in November. As the Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports, the candidates will use the main stage to make their biggest appeals to voters yet.
What it will take for Democrats to flip Texas
Speaking of Abbott and O’Rourke: Data website FiveThirtyEight gives Abbott a 95% likelihood to Gov. Abbott winning in November. That’s part of the reason, Alex Samuels writes, Democrats will need much more than O’Rourke to flip Texas. FiveThirtyEight reporter Samuels joins us today.
Women allege two decades of sexual harassment from former Texas GOP staffer
Aron Lionel Peña III, the former district director for Congresswoman Mayra Flores, resigned after multiple recent sexual assault accusations. Now, alleged victim accounts and documentation suggest his behavior has persisted for two decades. Texas Public Radio’s Carolina Cuellar spoke with four victims who have come forward.
What it’s like for migrants being bussed from Texas up north
Texas has transported migrants to cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., for months now. The trips are part of Gov. Abbott ‘s strategy to expose what he calls an unsecure border. Opponents call it expensive political theater. But what’s it like for the migrants making the trip? Houston Chronicle reporter Sam Gonzalez Kelly recently followed a bus from Eagle Pass to Chicago and shares the story.
Congress designates Marfa’s Blackwell School as a historic site
Congress has voted to make the Blackwell School in Marfa a national historic site. The Blackwell School served as the only campus in town for Mexican American children for over 50 years and is the only remaining structure tied to the history of Mexican American segregation in Marfa. Daniel Hernandez, who among the citizens working to preserve the Blackwell School and its history, joins us today.
Typewriter Rodeo: The joy of summer fruit
The gang delivers another custom poem.
Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by to recap his story Migrant encounters at the border are higher today than they were before Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star began.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.