Texas Standard for September 26, 2022

Abortion, gun laws and much more. What might be on the agenda as Texas lawmakers prepare to reconvene? Some of the political patterns emerging for Texas in the aftermath of the Texas Tribune Festival. Political writer Patrick Svitek ties some of the strands together. And: Eyes on the skies, as Hurricane Ian enters the Gulf. What it could mean for the energy cap of the world. You know the one. Also: Speaking of energy, guess which state has the most blackouts? We’ll shed some light on that. Plus: Not for the down and out, we’ll meet the man who literally wrote the book on the Texas dive bar. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardSeptember 26, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, September 26, 2022.

Get ready: the Texas Legislature returns in about three months

The Texas Tribune Festival just wrapped up, bringing no shortage of politicos and pontificators to the state capital. The Tribune’s Patrick Svitek led a panel looking much more closely at what may be in store when the Texas Legislature reconvenes in a little over three months. He joins us today with more. 

Gulf refineries braces for Hurricane Ian’s impact

Tropical storm Ian has strengthened into the fourth hurricane of the 2022 season. The category 1 storm is expected to intensify as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days. What impact will it have on the Texas oil industry? Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas at Kpler, offers his perspective. 

Archives, artifacts, and ‘a lot of rocks’: The Army Corps of Engineers is training veterans for jobs

The Army Corps of Engineers is probably best known for its work on waterways, like dams and levees. Those projects unearth many historical artifacts the Corps must document and maintain. In some cities, the Corps is pairing that archeological work with job training for veterans. Eric Schmid takes us to Missouri for this story from the American Homefront Project. 

Texas has the most blackouts, and more are on the way: report

Texas suffers from more power outages than any other state – and those outages are only likely to increase. Those findings come from an environmental advocacy group’s new report; Diego Mendoza-Moyers with the San Antonio Express-News is here to talk us through the findings. 

How Texas’ system for caring for disabled people is failing them

A crisis is enveloping Texas’ Medicaid waiver system, which pays contractors to care for Texans with disabilities and special needs. Underfunded, understaffed and subject to poor accountability, a program for the state’s most vulnerable has instead led to tens of thousands of allegations of abuse and neglect – and in some cases, death. Austin American-Statesman reporter Caroline Ghisolfi is part of the team working this ongoing story, and she joins us today.  

No mixologists here: This book argues for the importance of the Texas dive bar

Bars aren’t just a place to grab a drink; Anthony Head says they can be keepers of Texas culture. He trekked to 12 dive bars across Texas with photographer Kirk Weddle and the results are captured in a new book: “Texas Dives: Enduring Neighborhood Bars of the Lone Star State.” Head joins us today.  

Pride celebration comes to Abilene

Cities across Texas and the U.S. celebrated LGBTQ Pride in June. But Abilene’s first ever full-scale Pride event just happened over the weekend and drew some 1,800 people. KACU’s Sheridan Wood has more.  

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

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