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President Biden’s decision yesterday to drop his campaign for re-election and to endorse Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee follows weeks of mounting pressure from members of his own party. But it was a Texan who was the first Democrat on Capitol Hill to call for Biden to step aside. We’ll talk with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. What…
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A massive disruption that knocked businesses and services offline worldwide – grounding planes, keeping bank customers from accessing their balances and more – was blamed on the latest Microsoft update from Austin-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. The Justice Department has sued the Texas-based nonprofit Southwest Key Programs, alleging sexu…
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More than a week after Hurricane Beryl, thousands in the Houston area still don’t have power. We’ll take a look at how they’re coping. Dallas mayor Eric Johnson spoke about crime and public safety at the Republican National Convention as he explained his controversial 2023 switch from Democrat to Republican. What’s the next step for AT&T users affe…
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At the Republican National Convention, speakers including Sen. Ted Cruz make claims about immigration and crime they hope will resonate at the polls in November. The Texas Newsroom’s Julián Aguilar has details. Some in Congress want to create a new military branch, one without a physical domain, to specialize in cyber warfare. The Standard’s Michae…
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A new report says that a year before Hurricane Beryl, the federal government denied a request from CenterPoint Energy for $100 million to reinforce power lines in the Houston area. Could that have prevented the widespread outages of recent days? Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing a court decision denying his attempt to shut down an El Paso no…
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We’re taking a closer look at the implications of the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, and a Texas perspective on the future of politics and democracy: Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was in the crowd at Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and shares a firsthand account. The assassination attempt comes durin…
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An extended interview with the Austin-based writer and director on his latest film starring Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, and Jodie Comer. The full transcript of this episode of Texas Standard is available on the KUT & KUTX Studio website. The transcript is also available as subtitles or captions on some podcast apps. The post Texas Extra: Filmmaker Je…
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Five days after Hurricane Beryl’s landfall, more than 800,000 Texans are still without power as frustrations and questions rise along with the heat – and officials say half a million people may not get power back until next week. Thirty-five percent of Texas students scored zero on the writing portion of STAAR test, raising big questions about the …
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The Texas State Aquarium has a spot right on the edge of the Corpus Christi Bay – and storms in recent years have provided lessons that staff put in place for Hurricane Beryl. There’s tons of evidence that most extreme weather hits communities of color the hardest. As Texas recovers from Beryl, what’s being done to address that? A new court system …
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More than 1 million Texans are still without power in the wake of Hurricane Beryl’s sweep across Southeast and East Texas. Brent Taylor of the Houston Office of Emergency Management joins with the latest on damage assessments, ongoing outages and the growing concerns about heat. What do Texans need to keep in mind as they repair and rebuild? More o…
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Hurricane Beryl makes its mark on the Texas coast. Now, the cleanup begins. We’ll hear what’s happening from folks on the Gulf Coast. Tariff talk was all the rage about four years ago. Now, not so much. But is the Biden administration doing business any different from its predecessor? And: The State of Texas is putting a lot of money and effort int…
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Hurricane Beryl has become the first of the 2024 season to make landfall in Texas, with major power outages reported across the Houston region as heavy rain and damaging winds move up from Matagorda. With floodwaters filling some streets in Galveston and 121 counties under a disaster declaration, we’ll have the latest on the storm. The San Antonio …
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Hurricane Beryl bears down on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, raising red flags for Texas. Meteorologist Matt Lanza brings us the latest on the storm and what parts of Texas may be most affected. The U.S. Supreme Court says it will take up a case involving Texas’ new law requiring adult-oriented sites to obtain age verification from users. A milestone …
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With lots of food and fireworks, Texans turn out to mark the Fourth of July – and we’re celebrating with a special program dedicated to summer in the Lone Star State: Julia Green, the manager at Front Street Books in Alpine, shares her recommendations on new book releases to add to your summer reading list. Top tips from the barbecue editor at Texa…
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Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett on Tuesday became the first Democrat on Capitol Hill to call for President Biden to abandon his re-election bid. In several high-profile cases, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed rulings from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Texas cases go on appeal. Ever try your luck at the lottery? We’ll hear about an out…
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A conversation with John Sharp, who – as the longest-serving chancellor in Texas A&M System history – has announced he’s retiring next year. What you need to know about a brand-new consumer privacy law now in effect in Texas. If you’ve made a big purchase anytime lately, you’ve been paying attention to interest rates. They remain pretty high – but …
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On the final day of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the legal challenge to a Texas social media law back to a lower court and said Donald Trump has absolute immunity for official acts only. We’ll have the latest. It may be up to Texas lawmakers to further clarify state rules around in vitro fertilization. The latest on potential disruptions f…
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A grand jury investigating the failed police response to the Robb Elementary shooting has issued indictments against two law enforcement officers on the scene, including former Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo. Kathleen Dorothy Blackburn, author of the new book “Loose of Earth,” talks about her family’s search for faith healers as father d…
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The Supreme Court has dismissed a closely watched abortion case, paving the way for doctors to perform emergency abortions in Idaho. How a tunnel system in Houston contributes to flooding – and the bipartisan effort to fix it. We’ll have the latest from Consumer Reports on their sunscreen findings, from SPF ratings to new ingredients. Women at a Te…
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The Supreme Court, in the waning hours of this term, issues orders on social media and federal corruption laws. Some of the most contentious cases on the court’s docket remain undecided, though we’re expecting several rulings in the next 48 hours or so. Sen. Ted Cruz is leading an effort to end tax on tips. Critics call it an election-year move to …
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Hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed by fires in New Mexico, and Texans are lending a helping hand. Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee revealed earlier this month that she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A look at the implications amid the heat of a re-election battle. The algorithm that investigators say is having …
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The Texas Medical Board has offered guidance to doctors on the emergency medical exception to the state’s abortion ban. How the small town of Sanderson in West Texas is recovering after a pair of tornadoes. Shipments of avocados and mangoes from the Mexican state of Michoacán to the U.S. are suspended after two U.S. Department of Agriculture worker…
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In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court has issued a major ruling on gun rights, effectively disarming domestic abusers. A meeting today to consider the exceptions to the state’s near-total abortion ban: It’s an effort to deal with fears about prosecution cited by many Texas doctors. The latest on what could be upcoming federal rules on heat protecti…
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Tropical Storm Alberto bears down on Mexico, bringing rain wind and stormy weather to South Texas. We’ll have an update on the latest. Texas has the second largest population of Indian Americans in the U.S., many of them closely following the shifting political picture in New Delhi. We’ll hear reactions to a rare third term for India’s prime minist…
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Texas Standard commentator WF Strong says that, starting in the 1950s, participants in the Padre Island Walkathon covered 110 miles – all walking, no running – over three days. The full transcript of this episode of Stories from Texas is available on the KUT & KUTX Studio website. The transcript is also available as subtitles or captions on some po…
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