Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, Aug. 29, 2022:
New COVID boosters targeting the omicron variant are nearly ready. Will they be out soon enough – and be popular enough – to make any meaningful difference? Catherine Troisi, epidemiologist with UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston, stops by with some answers.
Families from Uvalde traveled to the Texas Capitol Saturday, calling for a special legislative session on gun laws. The Houston Chronicle’s Jeremy Wallace joins us with more.
Military troops are required to meet strict weight limits, leading some people to take extreme measures that can turn into eating disorders. Some service members and health experts say the military isn’t doing enough to prevent that. Desiree D’iorio reports for the American Homefront Project.
As summer ends – and with it, peak demands on the electric grid – another season of demand looms ahead: hurricane season, and its potential impact on oil and gas production. Matt Smith, our go-to energy expert, joins us with more.
Historic drought has ruined crops across Texas, cotton growers included. For more on the current cotton crop and what it means for the future, we turn to Benjamin McKnight, state cotton specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
A 2021 Supreme Court ruling paved the way for college athletes to make money from their name, image, and likeness. Since then, a new ecosystem based around compensating student-athletes has emerged. Sports Illustrated college football reporter Ross Dellenger has more.
The vast prairie west of Houston is shrinking, and that has serious ramifications for the flood-prone city. Jen Rice, Harris County reporter for the Houston Chronicle, joins us with more.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.