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KUT Afternoon Newscast for June 30, 2023

Central Texas top stories for June 30, 2023. Summer heat outlook. DPS patrols of Austin to resume Sunday. Ascension Seton striking nurses return tomorrow. SCOTUS affirmative action decision criticized. Busy holiday weekend at Austin airport. Austin Animal Center capacity eases. Austin FC looks to extend win streak.

The Texas Power Grid

In February of 2021, the Texas power grid was within minutes of total failure because of high demand in response to unusually cold weather. Most Texans went without power for some period of time — many suffered in the dark and cold for days. Some also lost access to water. Hundreds died. The following winter did not provide a true test of the grid infrastructure — but a very hot summer could. Texas Standard listener Katy Manck requested this poem.