Texas

History has molded Texas — literally — to form today's unmistakable shape with its sharp angles of the Panhandle, sweeping curves along Mexico and jagged edges near the Red River and the Gulf.

Now, nearly 170 years since the state's borders were defined, we eat Texas-shaped waffles, swim in Texas-shaped pools and sleep on Texas-shaped pillows.

Photo via Dave Fehling

One important thing about a nuclear power plant is that it has to be manned and maintained 24-7 -- no matter what - even when there’s a hurricane....especially when there's a hurricane. And as the South Texas Project (STP) storm crew discovered, being sequestered with the reactors for a full week is no picnic. 

Governor Greg Abbott estimates that the damage from Hurricane Harvey will total between $150 billion to $180 billion.

Harvey will be more costly than epic Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, which devastated New Orleans in 2005 and New York City in 2012.

As global temperatures continue to rise, climate scientists have said this is what we should expect—more huge storms, with drastic impacts.

After almost a year of searching, Annette Price is settling into her new apartment in North Central Austin. She lives alone in the one-bedroom unit with her dog, Candy, but she says she doesn’t feel completely at home.

Her apartment complex is one of the few places in Austin where the 52-year-old could get approved for housing, because about 30 years ago, she was convicted of murder.

From Texas Standard:

Sixty years ago, the Texas Water Development Board was tasked to learn about or manage everything being done across the state to meet our water needs. It was the dawn of an era of planning for water shortages.  

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