Central Texas top stories for September 5, 2023. ERCOT announces new September demand record; hope for double-digit high temps after this week. New languages added for Austin emergency alerts. Author of ‘death star’ bill still says it’s legal. Del Valle ISD needs new board member after unexpected vacancy. New guidelines for blood donation eligibility. Labor Day weekend busier than last year at Austin airport.
Death Star Bill
A state law, dubbed the “Death Star bill” and designed to preempt a large number of local ordinances, has been ruled unconstitutional by a Texas judge. But the battle’s far from over.
A new state budget takes effect Friday, with a large portion earmarked for border security.
Decades ago, black bears were all but driven from the state by overhunting and population growth. The bears are back – will Texans co-exist with them any better this time around? The Standard’s Michael Marks reports.
You’ve heard of abandoned, so-called orphan oil wells? Now there’s a growing concern about zombie wells.
After the pandemic, Texas Medicaid rolls are shrinking – but many are losing coverage for procedural reasons, and they may not even realize it.
A new state law means that next year, construction workers in some Texas cities may not have the protections they do now requiring water breaks
With climate change, can demand for A/C keep up? We talk to an author who says it might be making things worse.
And at TV stations large and small, something strange: the case of the disappearing meteorologists.
Houston has sued the state to try and block the “Death Star” law that will block local regulations from being enacted at the city and county level.
Why several homes and businesses flooded during Hurricane Harvey may be passing up a last chance for compensation.
A new documentary, “Every Body,” turns the spotlight on people in the intersex community.
Plus, with digital streaming services upending the old model for making money in music, tech expert Omar Gallaga explores ways to support one’s favorite artists.
Legislation on the governor’s desk known as the “Death Star” bill takes aim at local ordinances statewide. Will cities strike back?
In a place known for years of drought, heavy rain has forced evacuations in Amarillo and Hereford.
We’ll meet Houston’s Benchawan Jabthong Painter, winner of the James Beard Award for best Texas chef. Her secret recipe? Cooking with grandma in Thailand.
The new movie “Flamin’ Hot” tells the story of a janitor at Frito-Lay who set the snack world on fire. We’ll talk to the film’s director, Corpus Christi native Eva Longoria, and stars Jesse Garcia and Annie Gonzalez.
Plus the week in politics with the Texas Tribune.