Texas Standard for Sept. 13, 2022: Snout-nosed butterflies emerge in Texas

People in Central and South Texas have likely noticed butterflies out in force recently: The small, brown-and-orange American Snout butterflies have been taking to the skies and, if you’ve been driving on the freeway, perhaps splattering across your windshield.

By Texas StandardSeptember 13, 2022 9:08 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022:

Conditions in Texas youth prisons

Dangerous conditions at Texas youth prisons persisted over the summer, due to an ongoing staffing shortage in Texas’ Juvenile Justice Department. According to the Texas Tribune, children in at least two of the state’s five lockups reported lacking regular access to toilets; some had no choice but to use items like water bottles, lunch trays and pieces of paper to relieve themselves instead. The Tribune’s Jolie McCullough joins us with more.

Pastor faces deportation

A former detainee at the Port Isabel Detention Center in South Texas is at risk for deportation again after a recent court ruling. Steven Tendo, a pastor from Uganda, spent more than two years at the detention center after applying for asylum during the Trump administration. An appeals court denied his asylum case again. Texas Public Radio’s Gaige Davila reports:

Most abortions are banned at military hospitals. Advocates want Congress to change that.

As states across the country pass abortion bans, President Joe Biden and some other Democrats want to ease federal restrictions on the procedure. Federal provisions prevent taxpayer funds from being used for abortions and also restrict abortion access at military hospitals. Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame reports for the American Homefront Project. 

HAAM Day keeps Austin musicians and music scene healthy

Today is the biggest fundraiser of the year for efforts to provide health insurance to Austin’s live music community. Musicians will be playing across the city from sun up until after sun down. KUT’s Seema Mathur reports on the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians’ Day.

The evolution of copyright

Mickey Mouse, Superman and Batman have something in common, other than the obvious: They’re all entering the public domain relatively soon – which means all of us will be legally allowed to use them as part of our creative works. Timothy Lee, a reporter and the author of the newsletter Full Stack Economics, joins us with more. 

Summer drought impacts migration route for newly endangered monarch butterflies

Throughout September and October, monarch butterflies will be migrating across Texas as they make their way from Canada to Mexico for the winter. KACU’s Sheridan Wood has more on the dangers the newly endangered species face on their journey, and what cities in their migration path can do to help.

Snout-nosed butterflies emerge in Texas 🦋

While we may be seeing fewer monarchs, people in Central and South Texas have likely noticed another butterfly out in force recently: The small, brown-and-orange American Snout butterflies have been taking to the skies and, if you’ve been driving on the freeway, perhaps splattering across your windshield. We’ll hear more about the bugs from Molly Keck, an entomologist with Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension’s Bexar County office.  

Ukrainian forces retaking territory

Over the weekend, Ukrainian troops drove Russian forces out of much of the country’s northeastern region of Kharkiv. The territory surrounding Ukraine’s second-largest city had been controlled by Russia since last winter in the early days of the war. Joining us to discuss the implications of Ukraine’s territorial gains is Sergiy Kudelia, an associate professor of political science at Baylor University. He is from Ukraine and served as an advisor to the country’s deputy prime minister from 2008 through 2009.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Shelly Brisbin with the Talk of Texas.

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