Texas Standard for July 4, 2022

We’ve got the latest on abortion access in Texas, the state’s plan to randomly inspect schools for “weak access points,” and a few of our favorite segments from this spring that you might have missed.

By Texas StandardJuly 4, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, July 4, 2022:

Texas can enforce 1925 abortion ban

Texas can enforce its abortion ban from 1925, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday, a decision that exposes abortion providers to lawsuits and financial penalties. For more on what this means for Texans, we’re joined by Joanna Grossman, the Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law and Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Random inspections at Texas public schools

Starting this fall at Texas’ public schools, the state will start implementing what it’s calling “random intruder detection audits.” Kate McGee, a higher education reporter for The Texas Tribune, explains what that means.

Don’t expect gas prices to lower significantly

Many Texans hit the road for the Fourth of July weekend or are looking to travel before summer’s end. But will soaring gas prices, at an average of $4.42 per gallon in Texas, prompt travelers to consider staying closer to home? Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas at Kpler, shares his outlook for gas prices and summer travel.

‘Let’s Get Physical’ explores the history of women and exercise

Jazzercise, the ThighMaster and Tae Bo have come and gone, but the exercise industry has a complicated and controversial history. And for women, a once exclusionary industry turned around to target them as prime customers. In this April interview, we hear from journalist Danielle Friedman on her book “Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise That Reshaped the World.”

Spoon frontman comes home to find ‘Lucifer on the Sofa’

Spoon’s tenth album, “Lucifer on the Sofa” turned out to be a longer-than-expected project, but that happened for a very good reason: Britt Daniel just kept writing songs, and had a good time doing it. In this interview from February, he says the album was influenced by a love of rock-and-roll and a deep dive into the music of ZZ Top.

Where have Austin’s Indigenous people gone?

Austin’s Indigenous history is complex and dates back at least 37,000 years, according to some anthropologists’ estimates. KUT’s ATXplained project has more in this story from April.

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