Texas Standard

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Texas Standard is a new statewide public radio news program that originates from The KUT Public Media Studios in Austin and is hosted by David Brown .

The one-hour program includes national and Texas news‐of‐the day segments along with regular feature segments on Business & the Economy, Technology & Innovation, Environment, Arts, Culture and Social Media.

Texas drives much of the national conversation in many sectors: Business, Energy, Education, Technology, Environment, Medicine, Sports and, of course, Politics and Texas Standard is here to help it make sense to us all.  

5G Finally Arrives On Some Phones And In Some Places

Oct 29, 2020
Shelly Brisbin / Texas Standard

Whether you can use a 5G network depends on where your carrier currently offers coverage and whether you’re ready to buy a new phone.

The Asylum Trap: Hanging Hope On The Election

Oct 26, 2020
Photo: Paul Ratje For KERA

Many asylum seekers stuck in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols are closely following the November election, hoping a new administration will end the policy.

Susan Johann

The film’s director calls the award-laden Foote “one of the most important 20th century writers.”


Michael Minasi/KUT

Those receiving unemployment benefits must prove to the state they’re looking for work, beginning Nov. 1.

The Texas unemployment agency is reinstating work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits starting Nov. 1.

The Texas Workforce Commission had suspended the requirement because so many businesses have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was suspended because at the time it made no sense to require people to search for work when businesses weren’t even open,” said James Bernsen, deputy director of communications for the Texas Workforce Commission.  

But that changes next month. Proving that you are searching for work while 

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia says the degree of abuse is unclear because women said they weren’t told what was being done to them, or spoken to in a language they could understand.

Julia Reihs/KUT

Cornyn is one of at least a handful of Republicans who one political expert says is, “laying the groundwork for the post-Trump era.”

Austin Price/The Texas Tribune

A professional organization of social workers called the change “incredibly disheartening,” while Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said it was necessary to conform with existing state law.  (Read more)

Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT and Michael Minasi/KUT

Former primary foe and long-time Dallas politician Royce West has criticized Democratic candidate MJ Hegar for not reaching out to Black voters. Now Hegar’s opponent, John Cornyn, is weighing in.


Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Kunkle-Timko

Seventy percent of the cats and dogs that end up in Dallas’ animal shelter come from neighborhoods south of Interstate 30.

From KERA:

Stephanie Kunkle-Timko spent more than two years feeding and rescuing dogs in a South Dallas neighborhood known as Mill City.

Things were bad.

Like the time she found a dog and her puppies underneath a van. The mama dog had been chained to a log and the log had been lodged against the tires. So she’d given birth there.

Kunkle-Timko said the dog couldn’t stand up properly or get out from underneath the van. The dog’s owner had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and could no longer afford to care for his pet. Eventually, she and other volunteers rescued Mom and puppies and found them a home.

“We helped a lot of people in Mill City,” she said. “We did more than 70 spay-neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips. But we also managed a lot of emergency 

Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT

A tremendous amount of attention is now on the U.S. Supreme Court and the confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett. Meanwhile, starting with early voting on Oct. 13, voters in Texas will be able to make important judicial choices of their own.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News

“It was striking not only because of their ranks … but this is also them turning on their boss and saying, ‘We believe the attorney general has been carrying out a number of different possible crimes.’”


First COVID-19, Now Flu Season Arrives In Texas

Oct 1, 2020
Rachel Osier Lindley / KERA News

As the coronavirus continues to spread across Texas, health experts say they simply do not know how the two viruses will interact together.


Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT

The governor seeks to “upgrade punishments” for rioting after a summer of racial justice protests. But the pandemic will also loom large over a legislative session shaping up to be unlike any other.

A Thursday press conference with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could offer a glimpse into Texas Republicans’ priorities for the upcoming 2021 legislative session. Abbott talked about supporting law enforcement and changing laws so that protesters could face harsher punishments for rioting.

Abbott’s stance is similar to that of President Donald Trump and other Republicans who are focusing on law and order themes during this election cycle, says Bob 

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