Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. Check back later today for updated story links and audio.
Will school vouchers survive this legislative session? The fight starts today.
When the Texas House of Representatives passed its $300 billion-plus budget, it included a ban on state funds going to private school vouchers. This week, lawmakers in the Texas Senate will continue to discuss bills, including their own voucher proposal. What does the House provision mean for these discussions? The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán joins us with more.
Texas is launching an anti-fentanyl campaign
Gov. Greg Abbott has launched a $10 million campaign to combat the fentanyl crisis. The effort sends medication to reverse overdoses to all 254 Texas counties and starts a multimedia effort with the tagline “One Pill Kills.” Texas Tribune reporter Stephen Simpson joins us with more.
What the worry over ChatGPT looks like on college campuses
You’ve probably heard of ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot that might someday threaten the need for a human to do your job. But for now, the main focus has been on college campuses and whether ChatGPT might help students cheat. Texas Standard’s Erik Acosta and Marissa Greene teamed up to see how colleges across the state are adjusting to the new technology.
Here’s the pitch: barbecue and baseball
Baseball season is around the corner and some Texas ballparks are batting 1,000 when it comes to barbecue, believe it or not. Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor for Texas Monthly, joins us to talk about it.
Matthew McConaughey’s Austin has one simple rule: ‘All you gotta be is you’
The actor delivers a love letter to the city he chose over Hollywood.
Texas Child Mental Health Consortium might receive a huge bump in funding from state lawmakers
Texas lawmakers are considering doubling state funding for student mental health. That money would go to the Texas Child Mental Health Consortium, a partnership of 12 medical schools that pool resources to provide virtual mental health care for K through 12 students across Texas. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst says the program could be a model for other states.
New EPA rules looks to curb cancer risk along the Gulf Coast
The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a set of new rules to monitor and decrease petrochemical pollution. Officials say it could reduce the number of people facing substantial cancer risk in some Gulf Coast communities by nearly 100% in some cases. Lylla Younes, with climate news site Grist, joins us with more.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.