Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022:
New abortion-rights lawsuit targets Texas attorney general
Abortion-rights advocates are suing the Texas attorney general over the ability to help Texans seek abortions in other states. Joanna Grossman, professor of law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, joins with more.
After a year in the U.S., Afghan refugees face daily challenges and an uncertain future
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan one year ago led tens of thousands of people to flee the country. But for some who are here on humanitarian parole, the resettlement process has been rocky. Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame reports for the American Homefront Project.
Pace of Harris County home buyouts slower than hoped for after Hurricane Harvey
Five years after Hurricane Harvey, Harris County continues to rely on home buyouts to move people out of flood-prone areas. But in the latest installment of Houston Public Media’s podcast Below the Waterlines, Sara Willa Ernst reports that layers of red tape gum up the program’s success.
Back to school with Stories From Texas
Our commentator W.F. Strong was a kid once, too. Today he reflects on attending the second grade back in 1962.
How road design encourages unsafe driving
National traffic fatalities are at a 20-year high; Texas alone saw 1,071 traffic fatalities in the first three months of 2022. Some officials point to pandemic-induced stress as a cause – but Chuck Marohn, founder of urban planning think tank Strong Towns, says road design is to blame. He joins us today.
Texas-set sitcom ‘Mo’ wrings laughs from the immigrant experience
The title character from the new Netflix series “Mo” is played by Mo Amer, an actor and comedian from Houston by way of Kuwait. The series is out today; its creator and star, Mo Amer, spoke with the Texas Standard’s Michael Marks.
Gov. Greg Abbott said there is a “record number of people coming across the border illegally.” Is that a fact? PolitiFact Texas’ Nusaiba Mizan joins us with a fact-check.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.