KUT Morning Newspod July 21, 2011
Texas Executes Man Convicted in Post 9/11 Shootings
The State of Texas executed a man Wednesday night who went on a shooting spree after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mark Stroman was put to death for killing Dallas-area convenience store clerk Vasudev Patel. Stroman also killed Waqar Hasan and injured Rais Bhuiyan. Stroman said he was targeting people who he thought were of Middle Eastern descent. Bhuiyan, who survived being shot in the face, unsuccessfully tried to delay the execution citing his religious beliefs. Bhuiyan had requested mediation because he said he wanted a chance to speak to his attacker.
EPA Rules Could Affect Texas Power Supply
The CEO of the state’s electric grid operator is warning against the EPA’s new air pollution rule that requires coal plants to cut back on emissions. KUT’s Erika Aguilar has details on today’s podcast.
SBOE Science Materials Hearing
The State Board of Education is holding a public hearing today on new science materials for Texas public schools. The Board is considering supplemental materials students would use starting this fall. The State Board of Education has drawn heated public comment in the past, especially over debates on how evolution should be taught in science classes.