Today On Texas Standard

Today On Texas Standard

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. We’ll have full posts for each story, including audio, a little later today. Delta Variant Concerns and Texas Vaccine Rates So far, the nation has missed the mark when it comes to getting 70% of Americans vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That said, concerns are growing among public health officials about the threat now posed by a more highly-contagious variant of the coronavirus circulating through the United States. Texas is one of the states where vaccination rates are far below 70%. Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston talks to the Standard. Abbott Revolt Against Biden Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s conservative push this legislative session has definitely set the stage for his gubernatorial reelection bid in 2022. Restricting abortion access, expanding gun rights and challenging how racism is taught in public schools were all his big ticket items this session. And then there’s Abbott’s plan to crowdfund a border wall. It all has some speculating the governor is already looking beyond 2022, to 2024 and a presidential run. Politico national political correspondent David Siders talks to the Standard. Hot Car Deaths The Texas summer is just starting, and the seasnon’s scorching temperatures can sometimes be deadly. In the past 30 years, 143 Texas children have died from […]

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