Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, July 1, 2022:
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court limited the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The decision will make it harder for the Biden administration to make good on its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. Where does this ruling leave the U.S. in the fight against climate change, and what are the implications for Texas? Joining us today is Felix Mormann, professor of law at the Texas A&M University School of Law, focusing on energy, environmental law and climate change.
This week, the Supreme Court ruled a Washington State football coach’s post-game prayer on the 50-yard line was protected under the First Amendment. The high court also endorsed the use of taxpayer money to allow students to attend religious schools under a Maine tuition assistance program. The rulings have sounded alarms among supporters of the separation of church and state, who say the 6-3 conservative majority is eroding the walls that separate religion from civic affairs. Steven Collis, director of the Religion Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law, joins us.
Texas was the only state to receive two new congressional seats after the 2020 census. One of those is in Houston: The race to fill the new 38th district is between Republican Wesley Hunt and Democrat Duncan Klussmann. Houston Public Media’s reporter Andrew Schneider says the race is Hunt’s to lose.
In the days following the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, we asked listeners to share their thoughts on how the high court’s opinion impacted their lives and the lives of those around them. This submission comes from Ezriel Wilson, an artist, mother, advocate for women and an art history student at the University of Texas at Arlington.
In response to the Uvalde school shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers, police chiefs from across Texas urged state lawmakers to make legislative changes to improve school safety, with members of the Texas Police Chiefs Association speaking to state lawmakers at committee hearings. Jimmy Perdue, police chief for the city of North Richland Hills and the association’s president, tells us about the group’s recommendations.
When the news is heavy, many of us turn to entertainment for an escape. If your routine includes a bit of TV at the end of the day – you are certainly not alone: The ATX Television Festival knows a thing or two about TV. On the heels of the June festival, Emily Gipson, co-founder and co-executive director, and Jennifer Morgan, programming director, reflected on their return to in-person programming and shared their top recommendations for summer shows.
The gang reads another custom poem, typed out on their vintage typewriters. Submit your own suggestions online!
Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by with a recap of the week that was.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.