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TribCast: Slow family reunifications, Cruz-O'Rourke TV ads

On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Ross, Marissa and Emma about moldy, rat-infested state office buildings, family reunifications at the border, TV ads in the U.S. Senate race and a Republican state lawmaker's tough words for the Texas governor.

Border Patrol agents apprehended asylum-seekers shortly after they crossed the Rio Grande River.
Border Patrol agents apprehended asylum-seekers shortly after they crossed the Rio Grande River.  Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune

On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Ross, Marissa and Emma about moldy, rat-infested state office buildings, family reunifications at the border, TV ads in the U.S. Senate race and a Republican state lawmaker's tough words for the Texas governor.

1. Grody to the max

Marissa got her hands on a recording of a town hall meeting for Department of State Health Services workers, who had recently been relocated after she reported on a mold infestation in their office. Hear what their commissioner had to say — and why it matters.

2. The slow pace of reunifications

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In the last week, the federal government successfully reunited just 13 kids with parents they were separated from at the border — leaving nearly 570 in shelters. Emma explains what, exactly, is taking so long, and who the feds have charged with speeding up reunifications.

3. They're on the air!

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic rival, Beto O'Rourke, are both on the TV airwaves. Ross tells us who's punching high and who's punching low, and what it's costing to do it.

4. A power grab?

Outgoing state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, suggested a move by Gov. Greg Abbott to get a chance to preview agency rule changes might be unconstitutional. Emma unpacks Cook's statement, and Ross compares Abbott's effort to past gubernatorial expansions of executive power.

We'll see you next week!

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