Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order banning “any entity” in Texas from mandating COVID-19 vaccines. The Texas Tribune’s Rebekah Allen explains what this order means for all Texans, and the likely legal challenges to follow.
In Texas, jury pools are legally supposed to be selected at random. But in Brazoria County, south of Houston, a former district clerk is being investigated for corrupting that process. Michael Hardy has been following the story for Texas Monthly. He joins us to explain the latest.
As climate change accelerates rising sea levels and strengthens storms, there are increased risks of flooding for places like industrial plants along Houston’s Ship Channel. And that’s a concern because during floods, pollution from those facilities runs off into Galveston Bay. Now local researchers want to find out just how vulnerable those facilities are to climate change and how that affects the bay’s natural resources. To learn more, Houston Public Media’s Katie Watkins recently joined researchers on a fishing boat.
Travelers on Southwest Airlines weren’t feeling the LUV this weekend. The Dallas-based carrier was forced to cancel thousands of flights over the holiday weekend and announce even more delays. Southwest says a perfect storm of factors was to blame – but as its pilots union announces its opposition to a new vaccine mandate, is more turbulence in the future for Southwest, and the aviation industry at large? Kyle Arnold, aviation reporter for The Dallas Morning News, joins us with more.
The Texas Hill Country is known for many things: the Edwards Aquifer, abundant wildflowers, and pristine rivers and the aforementioned hills. But in the past few years, the region has experienced a sharp rise in stone quarries. A new investigation says the rural area is changing, and groups tasked with regulating the growing quarry industry aren’t keeping up. Brian Chasnoff, investigative reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, has the story.
Wizzie Brown is our go-to insect expert. The program specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service joins us periodically to talk about bugs; today we’ll hear about this garden predator.
Many teenagers in Texas come from military families, and they’re familiar with frequent moves across the country and around the world. Perhaps less well understood is the effect of constant relocations on mental health, including anxiety and depression – especially in youth. Two teenagers from military families set worked with the National Military Family Association to learn more, surveying over 2,000 military dependents like themselves. Anne Kniggendorf of the American Homefront Project reports.
Coronavirus numbers are down across the board in Texas. New cases, hospitalizations and the average number of new deaths are all down compared to a week ago. But a fourth number is also down: the number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given compared to the average for a month ago. The Texas Tribune reports just under 52% of eligible Texans are fully vaccinated. Those who aren’t are more likely to be white, rural, and evangelical. Stephanie Martin is an associate professor of political communication at Southern Methodist University looking into vaccination hesitancy among evangelicals. She joins us on today’s show.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.