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Texas Standard: October 23, 2019

It’s a closely watched case involving bail reform in Harris County. Now, the state’s attorney general wants to weigh in – against the change. Plus, he’s the longest serving governor in Texas history, he’s run for president, he’s been serving as energy secretary and now he’s leaving the Trump administration. What’s next for Rick Perry?…

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Texas Standard: July 9, 2019

A new court ruling on the so-called “broken” Texas foster care system and efforts to fix it. We’ll take a look at where things stand now. Plus, the U.S. withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Iran is now violating it. Where that leaves allies and what’s next. And poking holes in the “Texas Miracle”:…

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Texas Standard: January 1, 2018

From a crisis in Teacher Retirement to the never ending Twin Peaks saga, a massacre in south Texas and a hurricane named Harvey. This hour, its all things reconsidered as we look back in the rearview at the top stories in Texas in 2017. From a historic storm that literally and figuratively forever altered the…

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Texas Standard: December 11, 2017

Should Texas child protective services be forced to recruit more foster care families? A federal case nears a climax, we’ll have the latest. Also, a south Texas lawmaker calls for hearings on Russian meddling in Mexico’s elections? US Congressman Henry Cuellar tells us why he’s concerned, and why Texans should take note. Plus, net neutrality…

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Texas Standard: October 18, 2017

16 people killed in a hot air balloon crash outside of Lockhart last year: the cause? In part, investigators say a missing in action FAA, we’ll have the latest. Also, it’s being described as what could be the biggest payout since the VW emissions scandal, and the lawyers are circling. How the government could be…

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Texas Standard: September 11, 2017

Hurricane directly affected roughly one in three in Texas, but for kids in the state’s troubled foster care system, special concerns, we’ll have the story. Also- Houston and its environs are especially car dependent. So what happens to what may be half a million cars flooded by Harvey? We’ll find out. Plus the gasoline shortages…

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Texas Standard: May 2, 2017

A stabbing incident at the flagship campus of the university of Texas: and an unexpected source helping to break the news, we’ll have the backstory. Plus the eyes of Texas are upon Pasadena? Why a local election east of Houston may have implications across the lone star state. Also, if you’re a non citizen putting…

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Texas Standard: March 30, 2017

A whole new rodeo: Texas Ag commissioner Sid Miller strikes an economic agreement with a group of west bank settlements? We’ll explore. Also: a billionaire, a brash talker, and a would be president? Skip Hollandsworth of Texas Monthly on the prospects of a Cuban revolution. And how to pay for public schools: in a session…

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Texas Standard: March 23, 2017

Is the Texas Senate cooking the books? Harsh words from the House speaker promise a budget battle royal. What’s at stake? We’ll explore. Plus a global refugee crisis, with local impact? A summit of sorts in North Texas on what to do about the displaced. And the next battlefront for religious liberty could be the…

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Texas Standard: December 21, 2016

Texas officials fulfill a promise: no more Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood. The implications and what comes next. Plus a multi million dollar emergency infusion for child protective services. The plan: hire new caseworkers and give raises to keep others from leaving. But there’s a hitch, just in time for the holidays. We’ll hear about…

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Texas Standard: November 4, 2016

In the works as we speak: an emergency spending plan for the agency responsible for at risk kids, but is it enough? We’ll explore. Also, by now you’re likely sick of hearing how sick we are of this political season. All the negativity bad for civic engagement? Why the extra long early voting lines suggest…

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Texas Standard: October 27, 2016

An unprecedented step starting today as state police sweep across Texas to find almost 3 thousand missing foster care kids, We’ll explore. Also: if you can’t bring yourself to vote for Trump or Clinton, what ya gonna do? Today, the bottom line on whether its possible to vote for 3rd party candidates in Texas…and if…

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Texas Standard: September 27, 2016

There appears to be a consensus winner, but did the needle move? Voices seldom heard on the morning after an historic debate. Plus, if you could ask any question this election season, what would it be? More than a thousand public radio listeners have weighed in, and today, we’ll hear the top five which public…

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Texas Standard: September 12, 2016

Kids with special educational needs: in Texas, the numbers are far below the national average. But a new report suggests its a numbers game, we’ll explore. Also in 2016 there have been as many stays of execution in Texas as there have been actual executions, and some experts think we may be looking at a…

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Texas Standard: July 13, 2016

Texas dealing with tensions over race and policing. Moments of healing at a Dallas memorial service… and reminders of past scars, we’ll explore. Also One year ago today, a young woman found dead in her jail cell. The video of the arrest that put her there going viral. Plus no silver bullet: recommendations for fixes…

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Texas Standard: April 15, 2016

Amid reports of child deaths and top level departures, a shakeup at Child Protective Services. But is CPS beyond repair? Also New York’s upcoming primary may be getting all the headlines, but closer to home, there’s a bitter behind the scenes battle for delegates in Texas…we’ll hear what’s happening. And how ya gonna keep em…

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Texas Standard: April 11, 2016

When is it ok to use Texas taxpayer and campaign funds for travel? Going to an out of state rodeo? Wouldn’t that qualify? We’ll explore. Also prisoners have precious few rights behind bars, but many in Texas are asserting the right to strike. Its led to lockdowns last week. We’ll hear about it. And are…

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Texas Standard: April 5, 2016

Tho court arguments are still two weeks away, deferred deportation is looking down for the count already. As in a 4-4 count, we’ll explore. Also property tax assessments rising faster than paychecks all across Texas, now a tool used by homeowners to protest may soon disappear. And you’ve heard about disappearing factory jobs, but in…

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Texas Standard: February 19, 2016

We’re pretty familiar these days with the standard political party views on immigration but how have they evolved over the decades? We’ll explore. Also a state-led effort to prevent the need for foster care in some cases… we’ll take a look. Plus- are you snacking right now? How adult eating habits may be linked to…

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