Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Check back later today for updated story links and audio.
Russia escalates Ukraine attacks with drone strikes
Russian drones have been hitting major Ukrainian cities, including the capital of Kyiv. What do we know about them, and where is Russia getting them from? Kateryna Shynkaruk with Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service in Washington, D.C., has more.
A new program aims to combat the Texas teacher shortage
One in five new teachers in Texas were hired without a state license in the past year. In response, the UTeach Institute at the University of Texas at Austin created a new program aimed at reducing teacher shortages in Texas. Program manager Carrie Culpepper talks to us about the seven-month program.
Meet ‘The Forgotten Nine,’ unsung women artists from Denton who trailblazed modernism in Texas art
A new exhibition in Denton is showcasing the artwork of nine Texas women who were pioneers in art but never got proper recognition. KERA’s Galilee Abdullah has more.
Abandoned oil wells show potential to pollute Texas farmland
Across Texas, over 8,000 oil and gas wells sit abandoned, ID’d by state regulators as needing cleanup. But that doesn’t count “dry hole” wells – sites that never produced oil or gas but still can potentially pollute farmland and groundwater. Amal Ahmed, Texas investigative reporter for Floodlight, joins us with the story.
The Houston suburbs are sinking
Katy, Spring, The Woodlands: The suburbs around Houston are growing. But they’re doing something else, too: they’re sinking. A new study by researchers at the University of Houston shows that some of Houston’s suburbs are sinking at a significant rate. Professor Shuhab Khan joins us with more.
With abortions banned, these Central Texans turned to permanent forms of birth control
It’s been nearly four months since Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. KUT’s Marisa Charpentier reports how some people are opting for more permanent forms of birth control in the wake of the state bans.
New coalition targets Spanish-language disinformation and conspiracies
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro has joined a group of Latino organizations – the Spanish Language Disinformation Coalition – calling on social media platforms to stop the spread of misinformation targeting Spanish-speaking users. Cesar Z. Ruiz with LatinoJustice joins us with an update.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.