Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023:
High-speed police chases are under increasing scrutiny because of the inherent dangers of driving so fast. Chases launched by the Houston Police Department increased 47% over a five-year period, killing more than two dozen people and injuring hundreds more.
A new Houston Chronicle investigation found at least 240 of the dead and injured in these chases were bystanders. Investigative reporter Andrea Ball joins Texas Standard with the findings.
More than 770 new laws passed by the Texas Legislature are set to go take effect Sept. 1. All this week, the Standard and its partners are looking at some of these new laws.
One of those laws will require Texas to withdraw from an interstate compact that helps member states keep their voter rolls clean. The organization is the lone entity of its kind shown to reduce the few instances of voter fraud that actually exist. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider reports.
Construction starts next year on one of the biggest road projects in Austin history: the expansion of I-35. The Texas Department of Transportation is adding two lanes in each direction. The main lanes will be lowered through downtown Austin, maybe even covered with buildings put on top. And you can say goodbye to the upper decks.
The official price tag is $4.5 billion. But the I-35 expansion comes with environmental costs, too. Among them: a lot more noise. KUT’s Nathan Bernier has the story.
Professional wrestlers and luchadores are colorful characters, from their outsized personalities to their wardrobes.
San Antonio recently hosted a wrestling fashion show to highlight some of that style. Texas Public Radio’s Jackie Velez was there.
In LaToya Watkins’ first novel, “Perish,” the Texas author wrote about the traumas of a family drawn back to West Texas after the death of a matriarch. Watkins’ highly anticipated new book still uses West Texas as a backdrop, this time through 11 short stories.
The title is “Holler, Child,” and Watkins joins the Texas Standard today.
Texas cities are preparing for some newly passed state laws to take effect Friday. One such law is HB 2127, dubbed by critics as the Death Star Bill. It has the ability to override or block many city ordinances and local laws.
Among the rules it could nullify: a pandemic response from Dallas and Austin giving renters a longer grace period after they’re late on rent. KERA North Texas’ Chris Connelly joins the Standard with an overview.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.