Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, Sept. 9, 2022:
Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96, following a decades-long reign. For more on what her death means – particularly amid the ascension of new Prime Minister Liz Truss – we’re joined by Caroline Ritter, assistant professor of modern British history at Texas State University.
In September 2021, a list of 38,000 alleged members of the Oath Keepers was released online. A far-right extremist group that played a big role at the Capitol building on Jan. 6, more than 3,300 of those names came from Texas, with several since identified as public servants. Sam Jackson, the author of “Oath Keepers: Patriotism and the Edge of Violence in a Right-Wing Antigovernment Group,” joins us today.
The Inflation Reduction Act and medical costs
Drug costs are a chronic burden for seniors in Texas, as many juggle fixed incomes with rising medical costs. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst reports the Inflation Reduction Act just passed last month will give relief to thousands on Medicare that are living paycheck to paycheck:
In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II visited Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin. As our W.F. Strong recalls, she had a good time!
Chapter 313 agreements are state-sponsored breaks on property taxes that companies can win in exchange for doing business in Texas. The controversial program recently expired – but it looks like the Texas Legislature might revive the program as soon as next year. Houston Chronicle reporter Jeremy Blackman joins us with more.
Airlines are wiping thousands of flights from schedules due to worker shortages. In order to help meet demand, community colleges are creating a pipeline for students to get into the cockpits. But as the Fort Worth Report’s Seth Bodine reports, the runway to fill the worker shortage is a long one.
With the college football and NFL seasons underway, the gridiron is a welcome distraction to many. This Sunday, both the Cowboys and the Texans have their first game of the season. Joining us to help manage expectations is RJ Ochoa with SB Nation.
The gang delivers another custom poem.
The week in Texas politics
Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by with a look at the week that was.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.