Texas Standard for July 11, 2022: ERCOT Calls for Energy Conservation Amid Heat Wave
Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday July 11, 2022. Check back later for updated story links and audio.
ERCOT calls for energy saving amidst a heat wave
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is Encourage residents to save electricity between 2pm and 8pm today as energy demands skyrocket during a record heatwave. Bob Sechler, business and government reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, has more.
The water outage in Odessa underscores a larger problem
A Water main rupture in Odessa In the past month, people have had no water for two days. Officials are still searching for the cause of the rupture, but what’s clear is that the problem isn’t unique to Odessa: Reports of boiling water are increasing in cities across Texas. Aging municipal water systems are prone to breakdowns, but repairs can be prohibitively expensive – especially for smaller towns. Jayme Lozano, a reporter for the Texas Tribune from Lubbock, talks about her coverage of the issue.
Brian Kyle “BK” Frizzell shares a documentary about the San Marcos apartment fire
Four years ago, Brian Kyle “BK” Frizzell’s sister, Haley Frizzell, was one of the five fatalities in a fire that broke out at the Iconic Village Apartments in San Marcos. Two years later, BK created “The weight of the ashes‘, a new 73-minute documentary focusing on each victim’s family and Zachary Sutterfield, who suffered burns to 70% of his body, hoping this film will bring answers to the still unresolved fire today.
Mom blames Navy for son’s death after ‘Hell Week’ SEAL training
The death of a Navy SEAL candidate in February raises questions about the security of basic training. Kyle Mullen died of pneumonia shortly after what became known as “Hell Week”. His family recently released an autopsy that concluded he received little medical care despite being critically ill. Steve Walsh reports for the American Homefront Project.
UT researchers aim to track and prevent drug overdoses in Texas
About 5,000 Texans died last year from a drug overdose. But researchers say up to 70 percent of overdoses — most of which are nonfatal — go unreported in the state. Researchers at the University of Texas are hoping to change that with a program called Texans are joining efforts to prevent overdoses, or TxCOPE. The idea is to track and prevent overdoses across the state. Kasey Claborn, the lead researcher on the TxCOPE project and an assistant professor at Dell Medical School and UT’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work, shares more about the project.
Comeback of the Guadalupe bass
You probably know Texas’ state flower – the bluebonnet – or the state bird, the mockingbird. But did you know there is a state fish? Texas Public Radio’s Jerry Clayton has them History of the Guadalupe Bassand how it almost went extinct.
Miraflores: The Mysterious Park of San Antonio
Every day, many San Antonians drive past a five-acre park that is stunning even in its run-down state. It’s called Miraflores, and the man who created it remains one of Texas’ most mysterious characters. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan has its historyand a view of the park itself.
Volkswagen says Abbott could unfairly influence emissions fraud case outcome
In 2015, German auto giant Volkswagen admitted to selling millions of diesel cars worldwide that were intentionally modified to cheat emissions tests. What would follow is a series of court cases alleging that the company and its subsidiary Audi tried to mislead buyers about the environmental performance of their vehicles. An estimated 32,000 modified diesel vehicles have been sold in the Lone Star State alone. However, Texas filed two lawsuits against the company Lawyers for Volkswagen and Audi argue that Governor Greg Abbott could unfairly influence the outcome. ErinDouglaswho covered it for the Texas Tribune joins us to discuss the case.
All of this, plus the Texas Newsroom state round-up and Michael Marks with Talk of Texas.