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Current Articles for September 29, 2022
The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Thursday.
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Cheap power is getting stranded.
By Naureen S. Malik.
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 5, 2022, pp. 30-32.
Posits that efforts to transition to renewable energy sources in the U.S. are being hamstrung by the inability to move generated electricity to the non-local markets that need it.
Texas tilts with drought, heat, floods, and wildfires.
By Henry Gass and Xander Peters.
Christian Science Monitor, September 26, 2022, pp. 12-13.
Details major climate issues which have affected Texas in the summer of 2022, including severe drought, floods, and wildfires. Predicts that future weather will become more severe and profiles programs across the state working to protect Texas against natural disaster.
Texas' energy profile: A review of the state's current traditional and renewable energy capabilities.
Fiscal Notes, September 2022, pp. 1, 3-6.
Explores rising energy demand amid continued population growth and the influx of new businesses moving to Texas. Discusses the electricity generation and transmission process, the role of renewable energy, as well as current Texas energy needs and capabilities.
Economic impact of U.S. military in Texas: Military bases spur jobs, income and infrastructure.
By TJ Costello.
Fiscal Notes, September 2022, pp. 7-10.
Discusses the Comptroller's 2021 economic impact study of military installations for the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. Notes the study estimates Texas military bases generated more than $114 billion in economic activity and added more than $67 billion to the state's gross domestic product in 2021. Outlines examples of the economic impact of Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, the Army Futures Command in Austin, Joint Base San Antonio, and Fort Hood near Killeen.
Healing provided on a Texas ranch for men and boys who have survived sex trafficking.
By Sandy West.
The Imprint: Youth & Family News, September 21, 2022, p. 1.
Describes the efforts of Bob's House of Hope in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to assist male victims in recovering from sex trafficking trauma. Discusses the need for better data on the number of boys and men who are trafficked.
'Radical level of change'.
By Katherine Knott.
Inside Higher Ed, September 13, 2022, p. 1.
Reports on a study of recruitment and enrollment of out-of-state students by state flagship universities, which can affect the availability and affordability of college for in-state students. Mentions the University of Texas at Austin's automatic admission policy for certain Texas high school students as a potential solution to this issue.
How Kansas kept abortion legal.
By Amy Littlefield.
Nation, September 19-26, 2022, pp. 14-19, 31.
Examines the recent defeat of a constitutional amendment in Kansas that would have removed the right to abortion. Mentions patients in Texas and other states traveling to Kansas for abortion services. Notes Texas residents sought more than 55,000 abortions in Kansas in 2020.
POV on cloud computing for utilities: Fixing the lag.
By Siddharth Purohit, Debanjan Chakraborty, and Ruari Monahan.
Public Utilities Fortnightly, August 2022, pp. 50-53.
Discusses barriers to the adoption and use of cloud computing technologies by utilities.
By Craig M. Douglas.
San Antonio Business Journal, September 16-22, 2022, pp. 11-13.
Examines domestic migration in the U.S. between 2019 and 2020, when 8.7 million tax filers moved their primary residence to a new county. Discusses the post-pandemic "reshuffling" of $640 billion in annual income across the nation and notes Texas hauled in $6.4 billion.
By Paige L. Sweet.
Scientific American, October 2022, pp. 56-61.
Examines gaslighting — a form of psychological abuse — in unequal social contexts. Provides examples of gaslighting occurring in situations of domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, familial relationships, and in the workplace.
A 'national teacher shortage'? New research reveals vastly different realities between states and regions.
By Marianna McMurdock.
The 74, August 17, 2022, p. 1.
Summarizes a recent report which suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated shortages in specific teaching areas. Presents statistics for teacher vacancies in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and explores factors driving vacancies.
Focusing on mental health: School districts search for new ways to help students.
By Leslie Trahan.
Texas Lone Star (Texas Association of School Boards), September/October 2022, pp. 14-17.
Examines initiatives of Texas school districts to provide students with better access to mental health resources and services. Summarizes legislation relating to students' mental health needs from the 86th Texas Legislature.