Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, May 10, 2022:
How Texas politicians are adjusting to likely Roe overturn
The leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision showing the votes to overturn Roe v Wade has become a top campaign issue for Texas’ gubernatorial candidates. While Texas Republicans have already implemented strict abortion restrictions, a Roe reversal would allow the state to outlaw abortion entirely. Meanwhile, Texas Democrats are hopeful the uncertain future of Roe will bring them a groundswell of supporters in November and help them unseat statewide Republicans. Renée Cross with the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Affairs shares more.
Advice for navigating the baby formula shortage
The shortage is driven in large part by a recall from Abbott Nutrition, a baby food manufacturer. Formula is hard to find on the shelves, since retailers are rationing what supply they do have. And it’s expensive online. So if your baby needs formula – and you can’t get it – what are you supposed to do? Dr. LaJuan Chambers, a pediatrician at UT Health East Texas in Henderson, offers some tips.
War takes a toll on mental health, but getting psychiatric medications to conflict zones is still a work in progress
In the first couple weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, getting medication from a pharmacy was almost impossible. Humanitarian aid groups have been trying to fill the gaps, getting medication for people with chronic illnesses like diabetes or HIV. But what about drugs for mental health conditions? The Texas Standard’s Caroline Covington looked into the challenges of getting psychiatric drugs to people in conflict zones, and a possible long-term solution for drug access when the humanitarian aid stops.
Vickery Meadow is a hub for refugees and immigrants, but affordability and upkeep problems persist
Dallas’ Vickery Meadow neighborhood has been a hub for new refugees and immigrants for years. It’s located near essential services and resettlement agencies. It’s also one of the few places where they can find affordable housing. But that housing isn’t always up to par. KERA’s Stella M. Chávez takes us inside this community.
The story of a woman, a thrift store and a 2,000-year-old sculpture she nicknamed Dennis
Sometimes you meet people in strange ways. You form bonds just because you’re around each other all the time. And, sometimes, those are the friendships that are hardest to let go. KUT’s Matt Largey has a story of a friendship like that, and it begins at a thrift store in Austin.
Texas prisons under scrutiny after two deaths caused by fires
In a span of six months, two men held at Texas prisons were killed in fires. One man gasped for breath through his prison door as his cell neighbors watched helplessly while yelling for a guard to do something. The Marshall Project’s Keri Blakinger looked into these fatalities, and fire prevention efforts in state prisons.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.