Texas Standard for October 11, 2021

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifts a lower court stay on Texas’ new abortion law. What comes next? Doctors who performed abortions in the state during a court-ordered stay on the new Texas abortion law could be subject to lawsuits. We’ll have the latest. And: Could the Woodlands become Texas’ newest city? Why the developer opposes an upcoming vote to incorporate. Also: What this coming winter means for energy demand in Texas. We’ll hear a forecast. Plus: Pregnancy during a pandemic: new insights from a Texas study. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardOctober 11, 2021 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, October 11, 2021.

Latest Legal Status of Texas Abortion Law

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.

Woodlands Vote on Incorporation as a City

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.

Austin Rents Rising

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.

Memorial for Atatiana Jefferson

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 Means Higher Natural Gas Prices are Coming

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.

The Sounds of Texas: Rural Vet Does More Than Care for Animals

Dr. Bo Brock says being a veterinarian gives him a sense of community. “You go to church with those people, you’re at the café with those people …  and I just like that.”

UT Southwestern COVID Pregnancy Study

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.

Regenerative Agriculture in the Panhandle

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.

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