Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, October 11, 2021.
The Supreme Court opted not to intervene. Then a federal judge immediately halted its implementation. Now, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has put Texas’ sweeping new abortion ban back in place. For a look at what it means and what happens next, we’ll hear from Elizabeth Sepper, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Residents in The Woodlands are set to vote on a pair of propositions to incorporate as a city. It’s a measure the Houston suburb has discussed for years and is finally on the ballot. But Houston Public Media reporter Kyra Buckley found the incorporation proposal has drawn major opposition from the company that helped develop the Woodlands in the first place.
The average rent in Austin is now just over $1,500 a month. That comes as the city is seeing the highest rate of rent increases since people have been keeping track. The cause is the same thing behind ballooning prices in the home-buying market: supply and demand. KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy has more.
The Fort Worth City Council is set to declare tomorrow, October 12, as “Tay Day.” It marks two years since Atatiana Jefferson, whose nickname was Tay, was killed by a Fort Worth police officer. That officer is set to stand trial for murder next month. Miranda Suarez of KERA has more.
Winter will be here before long, and that means consumer natural gas demand will be ramping up. Prices have already been higher than normal recently, so what does that mean as we head into the cooler months? Matt Smith, our go-to oil and natural gas expert, joins us with his insight.
Pregnancy can come with a lot of uncertainty. But the findings from new research out of UT-Southwestern Medical Center are clear: unvaccinated pregnant women are increasingly being hospitalized with COVID-19 during a nationwide surge of the delta variant. For more we’ll turn to the study’s author, Dr. Emily Adhikari.
The aquifer that’s sustained cotton, wheat and other crops in the Texas Panhandle is starting to dry up. That, coupled with climate change, means farmers will have to adapt – but the big question is how. Katie Lewis hopes to offer answers. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension researcher is leading a $10 million study of the future of agriculture in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. We’ll hear from her today.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.