Texas Standard for May 5, 2022

With the Supreme Court now widely expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, new numbers of where Texans stand on the issue of abortion. From abortion to border security, the state’s population growth and the economy, Texans weigh in on a range of issues that could have a profound effect at the polls come November. Jim Henson with the results of a new survey by the Texas Politics Project. And: Texas’ attempt to treat gender affirming care as child abuse. A new report examines the underlying scientific claims being made by officials leading the push. Also: Say cheese, Texas: why a place better known for its beef is challenging dominant states in the dairy business. All this and then some today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardMay 5, 2022 9:31 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Polling shows most Texans oppose complete ban on abortion 

A new poll reveals a majority of Texans oppose the overturn of Roe v Wade. The findings from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas in Austin also gauge response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security mission, the state’s rapid population growth and concerns about the economy. Jim Henson, Texas Politics Project director, joins us today.

Dry West Texas towns wrestle with their water future

The Bone Spring-Victorio Peak Aquifer can pump as much as 3,000 gallons a minute – plenty for the small West Texas city of Dell. But a decades old deal with El Paso, about 100 miles west, has some Dell City folks worried about the future. Martha Pskowski, environmental reporter for The El Paso Times joins us with more,

A San Antonio school district will replace some books featuring LGBTQ+ characters with straight ones. Here’s how that will impact students.

LGBTQ students in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio say they need to feel welcome at their schools, now more than ever. But the district’s decision to review more than 400 books on race, sex and identity has them feeling the opposite. Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips reports.

A digital land grab’s underway in the metaverse 

Investing in cryptocurrency isn’t for the faint of heart. But new asset categories like NFTs and metaverse projects have made things even more unpredictable. Over the weekend, a digital “land grab” severely rattled Ethereum, one of the world’s major cryptocurrency platforms. A little confused? Our tech expert Omar Gallaga is here to tell us what happened and why it matters.

Texas is rising to the top of the dairy industry  

When it comes to cows, Texas is known more for beef than dairy. But only two states produce more milk than Texas, and the dairy industry is poised to keep growing. Darren Turley, executive director of the Texas Association of Dairymen, delivers the news and more.

What a Houston hospital is doing about long COVID …

Preliminary studies suggest millions in the U.S. are suffering from long COVID, where symptoms persist for months. In Houston, Memorial Hermann hospital has been tracking its most severe COVID patients for a year. As Houston Public Media’s Caroline Love reports, most of those patients still had symptoms three months after being discharged.

… And how the military is approaching long COVID

Military leaders say they’re also conducting research to learn more about long COVID – while service members who have it say it has threatened or ended their military careers. Andy Hirshfeld reports for the American Homefront Project.

No, gender affirming care is not child abuse 

Pediatricians and child psychologists from Yale University and the UT Southwestern Medical School have released a comprehensive report highlighting the medical science behind gender affirming care. The purpose of the report? To debunk misinformation Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican leaders from other states have been using to define the treatment – used for teenagers seeking to change their gender identity – as child abuse. Co-author, Dr. Meredithe McNamara from Yale Medical School, joins us today.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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